Billie “Earthquake” “Uncle Billie” Jack Richardson went to be with our Lord on September 26, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on January 21,1931 in Lubbock, Texas to Pearl Baker and Tommie Richardson. Billie was raised during the great depression which devasted not only the United States, but affected the World during the 1930s. He watched his mom cook, clean, and run several businesses to ensure they survived. Billie was a simple man that was never wasteful. He also witnessed many historical insights from experiencing African-American Tuskegee Airmen, troops, and women participate in World War II, women taking over male dominated trades to assure the United States thrived, and death of a sitting President as a teenager in the forties. Billie experienced racial tensions watching communities fight against racial segregation in public schools in 1954 and then when he enlisted to serve in the Korean War. Prior to enlisting, Billie Jack met his first love Luddie Mae Blaylock in Lubbock, Texas and they decided to tie the knot July 7, 1949. Billie joined the military May 24, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas. He was a part of an artillery unit that guarded classified material in White Sands, NM and Camp Hanford, WA. He was transferred to the Army reserve May 24, 1957 at the grade SP3(T) and returned to Lubbock, Texas. He went back to support his mom and met his second love Mary Sue Green in 1974. It was a whirlwind romance that keep them united through the good and bad until her passing in 2013.
Billie started a new journey as a civil service worker as a flight mechanic at Reese Air Force Base in the seventies. He had strong values about the military and equality. Although the sixties had passed and the seventies were well on the way, racial tension was still in the mist. Billie served as the Equal Employment Opportunity representative until his retirement in the early nineties. He always stood up for what was right and believed in the good fight. After his retirement, he enjoyed landscape work, gardening, and helping others. Billie was a proud member of the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS), Wounded War Project (WWP), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He was a true Soldier at heart, loving man, and father.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Billy Jack & Sabina Richardson, Jr., Margo Richardson, Michael & Kim Richardson, Ineda Richardson, Sherry “Buggy” & Will Ellis, Dorothy “Tang” Richardson, and Patricia & Felton Johnson; 22 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. . He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Jamison; son, Harold Donnell Richardson (2019), and daughter, Pamela Suzette Green (1991).
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