David Albert RichardsonOctober 13, 1956 ~ September 23, 2017 (age 60)
Deacon David Albert Richardson
"Deek" "Daddy Rick" "Deeley"
David Albert Richardson was born on October 13, 1956, to the union of Deacon Albert Richardson, Jr., and the late Artherine Poindexter Richardson in Monroe county. On Friday, September 22, 2017, at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL, God saw that he should depart from this earthly world and take his place in Heaven’s home. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian O’Neal Richardson; a brother, Charles Richardson; his father-in-law, Deacon Booker T. Wesley; mother-in-law: Sis. Irene Packer Wesley; and two brothers-in-law: James Stallworth and Willie “Happy” Wesley.
He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with Antioch #1 Baptist Church where he served the Lord diligently. An active Christian, David was a Deacon, member of the Men’s Ministry, and former member of the L.D. Wesley Inspiration Chorus. He was also a member of the (now inactive) Pilgrim #160 Masonic Lodge in Peterman.
David graduated from J. F. Shields High School in 1975. While attending Shields, he was a loyal band member and famous trumpet player. He participated in many other school activities, including basketball and serving as the score keeper for the varsity basketball team.
David dedicated 22 years, 8 months, and 12 days of service to the United States Army Reserve as a Staff Sergeant (E-6), where he was deployed to Desert Storm. Prior to receiving an Honorable Discharge, many service decorations, medals, badges and commendations were bestowed upon him; including National Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal; Army Achievement Medal, and the Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, to name a few. David later worked as a Saw Operator for Temple-Inland (now Georgia Pacific) and ultimately retired.
David loved his family and life. He found great joy in grilling. He was affectionately known as “Deely”, “Deek” and “Daddy Rick.” But being known as the “BBQ Man” brought him celebrity status with the locals. As the owner and “griller” of Deek’s Backyard Bar-B-Que on Wheels, he was filled hungry stomachs with some of the best off-the-grill ribs and Boston Butts in the state. As a huge Alabama fan, “Roll Tide” he supported his team in many ways. If you pass by County road 42 on Hwy 21 on Saturdays, you would see a Crimson and Cream grill with the SEC standout “Alabama” logos all over it. Both David and his BBQ will be greatly missed.
David met his life partner when they were in the 7th grade. On September 8, 1979, after many years of courtship, he married Mattie (Wesley) Richardson. Their union brought about the loving birth of three children. He adored his family and his grandchildren. David will always be their “PawPaw.”
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife: Mattie Richardson of Peterman, AL; two children: IC1 David T. (Tania) Richardson, Sr., of Portsmouth, VA, and Shannon M. Richardson of Montgomery, AL; his father: Albert Richardson, Jr., of Peterman, AL; two sisters: Sharon D. Curtis Crayton of Montgomery, AL, and Angela Rodgers of Monroeville, AL; six grandchildren: Destiny, Wesley, D’Ahvion, Davianna, Dallas and David Jr.; a devoted niece: Vanessa Cunningham of Montgomery, AL; a host of other loved nieces and nephews, in-laws, other loved relatives, classmates and the many friends and customers who enjoyed the food and conversation they found at Deek’s Backyard Bar-B-Que.
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