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William F. (Bill) Richardson
October 13, 1949 ~ February 13, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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William Francis (Bill) Richardson of Warren, 73, passed away Feb. 13, 2023, at Dogwood Trails Nursing Home in Woodville, Texas, following a long battle with Alzheimers.
Bill was born in Beaumont, Texas, on Oct. 13, 1949, to Bernard Richardson, Sr. and Lois Williams Richardson. He graduated from French High School in Beaumont in 1968 and signed on at the Mobil Oil Refinery in 1972. He remained in Beaumont until he moved to Warren in 1995.
Bill was an avid sportsman and grew up hunting and fishing with his father and brother. He played baseball in high school and had a shot at pro ball, but the death of his father during his senior year changed his plans. Bill was a devoted husband and enjoyed living on his farm in Warren with his wife and their dogs, cats and horses. He loved animals and nature and had an outgoing personality. He was always ready with a smile and a handshake and brought fun and joy to all those around him.
He enjoyed his work at the refinery, where he was affectionately known as “Boogar”. Working in various departments, he was most proud of his work as an inspector in the Safety Department, where he completed extensive training and taught firefighting at the national level. He was well-liked and always eager to help and support his fellow workers. His wildlife cookouts were highly sought after. He retired in 2006 as a Mechanical Supervisor.
Following retirement, he enjoyed shooting competitions. He was a talented marksman and was an excellent archer as well, participating in and winning numerous tournaments. He was a member of the One in One Hundred Gun Club and the National Sporting Clays Association, where he earned the title of Master Shooter. His fellow competitors were often amazed at how fast and accurate his shots were. He enjoyed mentoring and encouraging others on the gun range, especially the young, beginning shooters.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Bernard (Sonny) Richardson, Jr. and sister, Sharon Eaves. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lisa Florey Richardson, sister-in-law, Karla Richardson of Warren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois and John Sparkes of Alto, Linda and Greg Johnson of Beaumont, and Errol Eaves of Beaumont; nieces, Shelly Hale of Sand Springs, OK, Robin Richardson of Beaumont; and nephew, Chip Richardson of Beaumont, Andy Johnson of Katy and Brian Johnson of Houston.
Cremation arrangements are being handled through Riley Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.