Chester L. Richardson 1956-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Chester Lamar Richardson, 64, transitioned to his heavenly home Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born Jan. 8, 1956, in Youngstown, a son to Ollie J. and the late Virginia Richardson Sr.

He was a graduate of North High School in 1975 and attended Youngstown State University. He was employed with General Motors for several years and worked at Gateways to Better Living for more than 30 years.

Chester was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He acquired a love for boxing at a very young age and participated for several years in the Golden Gloves. Watching boxing and sports on TV was a passion of his.

He leaves to honor his life and legacy, his childhood sweetheart, the former Renee Morris, whom he married in May 1980 and to that union three children were born, Durrell Sr., Melanie and Chad Richardson; his father, Ollie J. Richardson; three grandchildren, Durrell (D.J.) Richardson Jr., Kennedy Tucker and Jasiyah Moreland; his siblings, Ollie (Rose) Jr., Gregory and Randall Richardson, Sharon Kay Muldrow, Gloria (David) Blackmon, Claudette (Lucious) Richardson-Clinkscale, Valerie (Ricky) Fleetion, Rosalind Ratliff and Diane Hall; two aunts, Minnie Erkard and Willie Matthew; a close friend, Marco (Deanie) Hammond; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Freddie Hamilton; and his grandparents, Minnie Anderson, Julia Benjamin, Marion Anderson and Percy Lett Sr.

Chester’s homegoing celebration will be Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Visititation will start at 11 a.m., with a celebration of life to follow at noon.

The F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. has been given the honor to serve the family.

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