GREENVILLE — Graveside services for Donald Richardson, 82, of Greenville, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at Oaklawn Cemetery. He transitioned Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Services are under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.
Donald was from Cleveland, where he graduated from East Side High School in 1958. He excelled in athletics. Alcorn State University took notice of his talent and offered him a basketball scholarship. Donald lettered for Alcorn in both basketball and track his freshman and sophomore years. He was drafted in 1960 by the United States Army and served for two years. While serving as a sergeant in the 5th Infantry Army Division, Donald made the basketball and track teams. He returned to Alcorn in 1962 and continued his athletic excellence as he attained awards for All-Conference for the SWAC in both basketball and track, where he did the high jump.
Donald attained a B.S. degree from Alcorn and a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University. He taught health and physical education for Leland School District until he retired in 1993. He coached all sports there, winning Delta Valley Conference Titles and championships in track and basketball. He took pride in his relationship with students and continued to enjoy the impact of that mentoring throughout his life.
He was a member of Saint Matthew AME Church and the Washington County Acorn State University Alumni.
Golf and billiards were hobbies that Donald enjoyed to the fullest. He was often noted for his skill on the golf course and on the pool table and participated and won awards in many tournaments in both endeavors.
He was born Dec. 22, 1937, to Nola Winters and Charlie Richardson. Donald was surrounded by the love of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Veronica Levison Richardson; a son, Donald Anthony Richardson (Felicia) of Little Rock, Arkansas; a daughter, Dr. Nicole Renee Richardson, of Washington, D.C.; and numerous family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Alcorn State University Foundation, Lorman, MS 39096. To sign the register, go to everloved.com/life-of/donald-richardson/.