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Thomas Edward (Tommy) Richards

February 26, 1932 - January 17, 2011
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Thomas Edward (Tommy) Richards, 78, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011. A native of Clarke County, Mr. Richards was the son of the late Thomas Wetzel and Matilda Bancroft and was also preceded in death by a son Thomas J. (Jeff) Richards. He operated a State Farm Agency in Athens for over 40 years where he was recognized and rewarded many times for his achievements with awards and company trips. He was also a member of the Greensboro Masonic Lodge, where he received his 50 year membership pin. Mr. Richards was the fourth generation great grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Survivors...
Thomas Edward (Tommy) Richards, 78, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Richards was the son of the late Thomas Wetzel and Matilda Bancroft and was also preceded in death by a son Thomas J. (Jeff) Richards. He operated a State Farm Agency in Athens for over 40 years where he was recognized and rewarded many times for his achievements with awards and company trips. He was also a member of the Greensboro Masonic Lodge, where he received his 50 year membership pin. Mr. Richards was the fourth generation great grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife Charlene Ruark Richards of Athens; sons Dr. Bart Richards and wife Suzanna of Jefferson and Keith and Kathy Richards of Orlando, Fl, grandchildren Michelle Richards, David Richards and wife Jenna, Dane Richards, Clay Richards and Tucker Richards.
Funeral services will be held 2 pm Sunday, January 23, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church with Father Robert Salamone officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park with Masonic graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at Bernstein from 6-8 pm on Saturday, January 22, 2011.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Atlanta Area Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Boulevard, Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga. 30345.
The family would like to thank the staff of B J C Nursing Home and The Alzheimer's Care of Commerce for their care and support while Mr. Richards was at their facility.
Online condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.

"Dear Charlene, I was unaware until after my mother's death at ACC that Mr. Richards was a relative by marriage. You and my father, Herbert Ruark, were..." Elizabeth Ruark Hoefer (Alexandria, VA)

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