RICHMOND—Straughan Stafford Richardson Jr., 98, of Richmond entered heaven on December 12, 2020.
Straughan is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Helen; and his grandson, Walter.
He is survived by his four daughters, Lee Bottoms (Tony), Susan Hill (Jerry), Sally Craymer (David) and Anne Atkinson. Straughan cherished his 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Straughan was a graduate of Reedville High School (’39) and the University of Richmond. Drafted during his senior year, he served in the Army in North Africa and returned to complete his degree in business in 1946. Straughan was a real estate appraiser for the City of Richmond and also taught real estate at VCU. He was a member of Fairfields Baptist Church and then Second Baptist Church for 74 years.
Straughan traveled all over the world, and went on many mission trips. A highlight was the trip to Russia after the break-up of the Soviet Union. He participated in passing out over 70,000 Bibles.
Straughan was known for his letter-writing. He liked to voice his opinions and was proud to have been published in the Richmond Times Dispatch over 90 times.
He will be remembered for his love of woodworking, prison ministries, oysters and figs, reading, playing bridge, the Northern Neck, traveling with his wife, coloring with grandchildren and dollar menus.
One never knew what Straughan would say or do. His uniqueness will be missed and many generations will pass down stories about him, filling them with laughter and love.
Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Baptist Church’s Missions Ministry, 9614 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229 or Young Life Capernaum (special needs) VA 215, 1604 North Hilltop Center, Ste. 320, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.