PHILPOT, Ky. — Carl Donald Richards passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, at his home in Philpot. He was born on Oct. 26, 1935, in Hancock County, Kentucky, to the late Widmer (Darby) and Luna Boling Richards. He was a member of Dawson Baptist Church in Philpot.
Carl was a 1953 graduate of Beechmont High School, Hawesville, Kentucky, and a 1959 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky.
He was a member of the Thruston-Philpot Volunteer Fire Department for 40+ years, serving as assistant chief and also on the board of directors for many of those years. Carl retired from General Electric and then the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office (hazardous materials division). He was also a Kentucky Colonel.
He was preceded also in death by his sister, Mary Mae Madden (Oct. 31, 2016), and his grandparents, Ollie and Clara Boling.
Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Barbara Matthews Richards; his son, Kevin Lynn Richards; two daughters, Carla Ann Miller (Doug) and Mary Beth Ward (Mike), all of Philpot; five grandchildren, Jared, Jesse Carl and Rachel Miller and Ryan and Jenna Ward; a nephew, David Madden (Shannon) of Lexington, South Carolina; and a niece, Jana Hall (Tim), of Owensboro.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Geary Funeral Home, Fordsville, Kentucky, with Tim Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Roseville Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
The family requests donations be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation,1 E Wacker Drive, STE 1730, Chicago, IL 60601-9553 or to the Roseville Cemetery Fund.