Celebrating the life of James "Bobo" Richardson
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James Layton Richardson, Jr., affectionately known as “Bobo” to most, entered into eternal rest on December 25th, 2022. He died peacefully at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bobo was born in Augusta, Georgia on April 5th, 1954 to James Layton Richardson, Sr. and Caroline Fowke Richardson. Graduating Barnwell High School in 1972, he went on to marry his high school sweetheart and best friend Brenda Paulk Richardson in 1977.
As did many generations of Richardsons before him, Bobo found a successful career in farming, primarily focusing on watermelons. He loved being outside on a tractor, and he loved sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and family.
A natural story-teller and family historian, he was the life-of-the-party and kept everyone entertained just by being himself. Bobo had a way of making those around him feel comfortable and at ease. He never met a stranger, especially on the golf course, his favorite place to be in his retirement years.
Bobo was predeceased by an infant son, parents Layton and Caroline Richardson, father and mother-in-law, Gerald and Helen Paulk, and niece Stacey Paulk Burns.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Brenda Paulk Richardson of the home, daughter Lindsey Richardson and wife Nicole of Rock Hill, SC, sister Suzanne Bristol of Tallahassee, FL, brother Jack Richardson of Barnwell, SC, in-laws Wendell and Gail Paulk of Irmo, SC, Phil and Pam Paulk of McDonough, GA, Tim and Robin Wedemyer of Niceville, FL, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bobo will be remembered as a man of service, always lending a hand to anyone in need. A guy with a big heart and compassionate soul, he loved animals and tenderly cared for many throughout his life.
Where Bobo shined the brightest was in his role of dad. He built tree houses, threw baseballs, painted nails, played dress-up, changed tires, made time for road-trips, cooked a mean breakfast, and most importantly, instilled a deep love for all-things Clemson football.
His life was too short, but it was a life well-lived. “Slow down, and enjoy the moment” were the words he lived by.
Services for Mr. Richardson will be held Thursday, December 29th, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Barnwell United Methodist Church with a private graveside service to follow. Fr. Bill Clarkson will officiate. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barnwell United Methodist Church general fund; 236 Main Street P. O. Box 126 Barnwell SC 29812, or to New Hope Animal Rescue of Barnwell (PayPal.me/newhopeofbarnwell).
Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at molefh.com.
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