Robert Dale “Birdie” Richardson, age 74, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2021 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Marion, Virginia on October 17, 1946, son of the late Sherril Richardson and Bessie Testerment Richardson. Dale also was preceded in death by two step-mothers, Lois Parks Richardson and Georgie Tilson Richardson. A sister, Sue Dillman, a step-brother Bill Tilson. Dale graduated from Marion Senior High School, Marion, Virginia in 1966 and Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. His love and athletic abilities was assurance that he would be a coach upon graduation. He was a High School Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach in boys’ sports for forty years. One of his great accomplishments was winning the Florida State Varsity Boys Basketball Championship in 1992. Dale’s compassion was mentoring and coaching young athletes. He always stated, “my coaching was a tool I used as a ministry for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help train young people into being all God created them to be. I was able to use a tin hoop and a round ball to influence athletes for Christ.” Dale was an active member of First Coast Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida where he taught Sunday School until his health declined. Dale served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne and Viet Nam War. He served in heaviest battles in the TET Offensive and was awarded two bronze stars with oakleaf clusters for act of bravery. He was so proud to have served our country. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gilda Lowe Richardson, Jacksonville, Florida. He was so proud of His two sons, Coach Scottie Dale Richardson (wife Sara) Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Reggie Darren Richardson, Jacksonville, Florida, His pride and joy….Two grandchildren, John Myles Richardson and Piper Dale Richardson, Raleigh, North Carolina, A special friend of the family, James David Wood, Jacksonville, Florida, Also survived by his brother, Willie Richardson and wife Phyllis, Marion, Virginia, A sister, Charlotte Powers Bennett, Marion, Virginia, Step-Brother, Danny Tilson, Springfield, Virginia, A step-sister, Virginia Tilson Thompson, Bristol, Virginia, Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and all of the students he taught and athletes he coached, his best friends, brother-in-law, Johnny Russell (wife Karen Lowe Russell) Chilhowie, VA, And first cousin, Ray Kirby, (wife Sue Kirby) Frederick, MD.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that any donations be made to any Veterans Association in Memory of Robert Richardson.
Visitation Details Fraser Funeral Home 8168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Service Details Fraser Funeral Home 8168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 PM