Henry Calvin “Hank” Richards, 86, beloved husband of Lynda G. Richards, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at HospiceCare of the Piedmont Hospice House.
Born October 1, 1930 in Travis County TX. to the late R.M. and Velvey Wood Richards, Hank graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor Degree in Forestry.
Hank enlisted in the Air Force in 1956, serving in Vietnam as a pilot flying the KC 97 tanker planes that refueled fighter jets in the air. Hank flew 20 combat missions earning 10 combat air medals and the Bronze Star for outstanding service. He retired in 1990 after 29 years of faithful service to his country.
He was the owner and operator of Richards In-ground Swimming Pools for many years, and a member of Grace Community Church.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving other than his loving wife of the home are his son Mitchell Richards of Blairsville, GA; his daughters Ina Richards of Anderson, SC; Nancy Gochicoa of Blairsville, GA.; Vivan Gettys and husband Tom of Baton Rouge, LA; Stepsons, Travis Dudley and wife Laura of Ninety Six, SC; Tyler Dudley and wife Erin of Charleston,SC; and Andrew Dudley and wife Anna of Charlottesville, VA., six grandchildren and six step grandchildren; his beloved Brittany Spaniel.
A private family funeral service will be held at a later date.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.blythfuneralhome.com
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Richards family.