December 28, 1934 - December 25, 2021
Melvin Kendrick Richardson was born December 28, 1934, in Gastonia, North Carolina. Parents were Maude Elizabeth Gibson Richardson and Frank Simpson Richardson, He passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease on December 25, 2021. He served in the United States Air Force as a Vehicle Maintenance Officer at Craig Air Force Base, Selma, Alabama. Dr. Richardson received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University A Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Alabama, and a Doctor of Philosophy In Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama. He was a member of the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering Departments at Clemson University. He developed and received a Patent for a Mechanical Okra Harvester. He was a registered Professional Engineer. Dr. Richardson was President of Engineering Design, Inc. and Design Analysis, Inc. His consulting practice included Machine Design and Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Failure Analysis, and Product Design. Memberships included the National Safety Council, the South Carolina State Board of Engineering Examiners, the Society of Automotive Engineering, the American Society of Agricultural Engineering, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Cessna Pilots Association, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Dr. Richardson was twice Mayor of the town of Six Mile, SC, and served on the town council, During his time as Mayor of the town of Six Mile, with the cooperation of the Town Council and people of the community, a fire department was established for the Town of Six Mile. He was a volunteer fireman for the town of Six Mile. Dr. Richardson taught an adult Sunday School class at Lawrence Chapel Methodist Church for several years. He loved his family and enjoyed many friends. His hobbies included flying his own airplanes, and building and flying model airplanes. He also rode his Harley Davidson with a group of friends. He could always tell an interesting story. Survived by wife of 63 years Anita Richardson, children Bill and Sarah Richardson of Tyler, Texas; Ken Richardson of Charleston, South Carolina; grandchildren Caleb and Katrina Richardson of Shreveport, Louisiana; Joshua Richardson, and Daniel Richardson of Tyler, Texas; Elise Richardson and Katherine Richardson of Charleston, South Carolina; and great granddaughter Kennedy Richardson of Shreveport, Louisiana. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler. If desired, memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 (www.michaeljfox.org).
Melvin Kendrick Richardson was born December 28, 1934, in Gastonia, North Carolina. Parents were Maude Elizabeth Gibson Richardson and Frank Simpson Richardson, He passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease on December 25, 2021. He... View Obituary & Service Information
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