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Esther M W Richardson
Sep 16, 1939 to Oct 20, 2014

 

Esther Mae Weathers Richardson was born on September 16, 1939 in Charleston to the proud parents of the late Wesley and Lela German Weathers. Ester completed and departed this life on Monday morning in Carolinas Hospital, Marion. Esther grew up and attended the public schools in Charleston County and graduated from Lincoln High School. After graduation, she attended Benedict College, Columbia, and received her bachelorís degree in Elementary Education. Later in 1996, she would meet and marry the one who caught her eye and pursued her, the late Reverend Franklin K. Richardson, Sr. To this ordained union, they birthed two beautiful children, Lynnette and Franklin Kenneth, II. Since Esther married a pastor, both were affiliated with the A. M. E. church from their youth. Esther would be the first lady at Williams Chapel AME Church Circuit, Nichols; Mt. Pisgah, Bayboro; Wayman Chapel AME Church, Sumter; and Saint James AME Church, Rains. While there, she joined the choir, the Women Missionary Society, the Ministerís Wives, and Widows Association. Additionally, she served as W M S Statistician / Historian for the Seventh Episcopal District and helped the church in whatever capacity she could and whenever needed. Over the years, Esther was a member of the Dillon-Marion Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Hettieís Chapter #314 Order of Eastern Star until Yahweh revealed a sign of release. Esther leaves to cherish fond and loving memories: her loving children, Lynnette of the home and Franklin K (Tameka) Richardson II of Haughton, LA; one grandson, Demetrius Singleton of Atlanta, GA; one brother, Herman (Denise) Weathers of Buckhall; two aunts; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Rueben Weathers. Homegoing celebration will be held 2:00 p. m., Sunday, October 26, 2014 from the Bethel A. M. E. Church, 7113 Highway 908, Gresham, with the Rev. Dr. Charles C. McLamore, Pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Dr. William Smith, Presiding Elder of the Marion District and many other ministers. Floral bearers will be nieces and members of the Women Missionary Society. Pall bearers will be nephews. Interment will be in the Soul Chapel A. M. E. Church Cemetery, Gresham.
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