Kenneth Richardson, of North Little Rock, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Maumelle, Ark. He was born on April 5, 1927, in Manila, Ark., to the late Albert Lee, Sr. and Bathsheba Rebecca Richardson. Kenneth was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Myra Ann Neely Richardson; two brothers, George W. Richardson and Albert Lee Richardson, Jr.; and two sisters, Lucille Richardson Barrom and Ada Laurine Richardson Thompson.
He is survived by one daughter, Karen Ann Brown and her husband, Phill of North Little Rock, Ark.; granddaughter, Stacy Lewis (Shane) of Hot Springs, Ark.; one niece, Brenna Vest (Clif) of Marion, Ark., and two nephews, Gary Gitchell (Suzanne) of Lakeland, Tenn. and Steven Gitchell of Marion, Ark.
Kenneth was a graduate of Blytheville High School in Blytheville, Ark. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Philippines during WWII. He worked as a civil engineer for W.D. Cobb for two years and then retired after 41 years from Entergy in 1989. Kenneth has been a member of Markham Street Baptist Church for the past 8 years and was a member of Monette First Baptist Church for over 33 years. He gave a lifetime of service to his Lord and church in a multitude of ways from serving as usher, deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher and supporting numerous activities over the years. He supported the local community in many ways, but one of his passions was the Boy Scouts of America, where he served over 34 years in various capacities. He became a Boy Scout at the age of 12 and continued to earn his Eagle Scout, Order of Arrow, served as scout leader, NEA council of Executive Board, District Committee of Boy Scouts and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award in 1960. He served in Toast Masters International, Gideons, Lions Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Farm Bureau and Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
A celebration of his life will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark., (501) 224-8300 with Rev. James McClintock officiating. Burial will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Monette Memorial Cemetery in Monette, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank all the devoted caregivers at The Lakes at Maumelle and Kindred Hospice for the loving and tender care given Kenneth over the last few years. For lasting memorials, the family request you consider giving to Monette First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 384, Monette, AR 72447; Markham St. Baptist Church, 9701 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205; Boy Scouts of America https://aplacetogive.scouting.org;'>https://aplacetogive.scouting.org; or a charity of your choice. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal