Originally created 09/22/04

Profile obituary: Mr. Robert "Bob" Richards, Sr.

As an avid golfer and devout Christian, Robert "Bob" Richards Sr. will be best remembered for Saturdays on the golf course and Sundays in church, family members said Tuesday.

Mr. Richards, died Saturday after a 2-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Richards was a charter member at Burns Memorial Methodist Church and also a member of Liberty United Methodist Church in Hephzibah.

"He was very active in most of the Methodist churches here (in Augusta)," said his daughter-in-law, Kim Richards. "He was anything from Sunday school director to serving on boards, and he always filled in and made sure things got done."

Mr. Richards was also a member of the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954, serving as a shopkeeper and clerk aboard the USS Ashtabula during the Korean War, Mrs. Richards said.

After four years with the Navy, Mr. Richards attended Augusta College and later received his master's of business administration from what is now Georgia Southern University in 1956, Mrs. Richards said.

After his years in school, Mr. Richards taught at an elementary school in California before moving back to Augusta to take a teaching position at Wheeless Road Elementary School in 1959.

He also taught for a year at Murphey Junior High School and Augusta Technical College, where he met his future wife, Mrs. Richards said.

Mr. Richards began working at Gracewood State School and Hospital in late 1963 and continued until his retirement in 1989, Mrs. Richards said.

One of Mr. Richards' favorite places to be was on the fairways.

"He enjoyed playing golf at Green Meadows Golf Club," Mrs. Richards said.

"As long as we were home, we played golf every Saturday morning. None of us turned out to be Tiger Woods, but we played on a regular basis."

"He was a very devout Christian man," Mrs. Richards said. "You couldn't say anything bad about him. His principles and morals came before any decision he made. Everything he did, his Christian faith was reflected, and everyone would say that."

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Thomas Poteet and Son Chapel with the Rev. Jim Hyder and Dr. Robert L. Taylor officiating.

Reach Rebecca A. Smith at 823-3220 or rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com.


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