Wendell Martin Richardson

Sunrise: December 17, 1941

Sunset: June 11, 2019

Wendell Martin Richardson was born in Norfolk, VA on December 17, 1941 to the late Mark Duke and Buelah Richardson. He attended the Norfolk Public School .System and received a Certified License in Carpentry. He was a Construction Supervisor for Curtron and Halls Development for 0ver 30 years collectively. Being Wendell, you know it didn’t stop there. He was always doing some kind of construction work for family, friends and whoever else. He loved his work. He was always showing young men his trade. By the way, he was a perfectionist when it came to construction. If you didn’t do it right,, he would take it apart and you had to start over until you got it just right. Family was important to “Papa”. He was the “Papa”, “Uncle” and Mr. Wendell to many of the neighborhood children. He would take the guys to his garage (his school of hard knocks) and they come out educated. He taught them about life and how to be a strong black man and think positive thoughts and set high goals. Parents were very appreciative to him for helping their children. When Demarta was on the football teams, he was the Team’s Papa. Wendell, was a starch supporter to his wife and children when it came to their participation in their church functions at the House of Prayer. He would come to the café sometimes call himself helping. His wife Juanita of 47years was the wind beneath his wings. She was the sparkle in his eyes. Papa was Mom’s king.
She loved him and during his many bouts of illnesses, she juggled her schedule but never left him unattended. Thanks Mom! He was a devoted father to all his children, Timothy, Jervas, Michelle, Demarta, Shawnda giving guidance according to their individual needs. There was never a dry moment around Papa but wet eyes from laughing so hard at his jokes or sometimes dry humor. He liked to show off his chef skills. Papa in his words was a musician, he sang, played the piano and guitar (only among family). His love was unconditional and he never met a stranger. He taught us to be meek but not weak, live life to its fullest and treat each other with respect, truth and lots of love.

Leaving fond memories to his wife, Juanita Richardson, children, Timothy Richardson, Gervas Wynn, Michelle Coppock (Jerry), Special Daughter, Shawnda Saunders, Special Son/Grandson, Demarta Johnson, grandson, Jerrell Coppock, brother, Danny Richardson (Henrietta), sister, Beulah Mae Arrington (James),aunt, Eunice Glover and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Viewing Friday, June 14, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Lisa Cofield says

    Many prayers and condolences to Ms. Juanita and family. May God continue to Comfort and Bless you all.
    Lisa Cofield/ Highlands Place

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    Elaine Fennell says

    Juanita, My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you and the entire Richardson family during the loss of Mr. Wendell. May you find comfort in knowing that God will keep you and the family in his loving care.

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    Milton and Patricia Exum says

    To the Richardson family, we have heartfelt sympathy to you and your family as we remember a life so very well – lived. Our thoughts are with you.

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    Sorry for your loss. To the family God Bless

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    Elder Charles & Sis. Maxine Bowser says

    Juanita, may God’s peace embrace you in the days to come and comfort you in your period of sorrow.

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    Dianne Forbes says

    Ms.Juanita hold onto God’s unchanging hand. My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and your family.

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    Nedra Satterfield says

    So sorry for your loss and I”ll keep you in my prayer..God bless you and your family , Juanita

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    Vee Howell says

    Juanita and family, I am so sorry to hear of our loss. My prayers are with you all, for strength and comfort during this sorrowful time.

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    Joyce Huff and Family says

    Juanita, we would like to extend to you and family our prayers, love and condolences. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen you during this time of sorrow. God bless you always.

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    St. Ella Mae Mercer & Bro. Michael Gates says

    Peace Juanita and family, we are sending our sincere thoughts and prayers to you’ll during and after your bereavement hours.
    Your in grace!

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    St. Barbara Britt- Hinton & Family says

    To Juanita and family, God will take care of you. “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.
    Your in grace!

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    Sis. Dorothy Askew- Etheridge & Family says

    To Juanita and family, I have you in my prayers. “God is still in control”
    Your sister in Christ!

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    Treasa Myers says

    Our Blessings and prayers are with you Ms Juanita and the family. Love Brian and Treasa Myers

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    Regina Askew & family says

    May God be in your presence Juanita and family, sorrow from my heart I’m praying for you and your family

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    Deborah Hollis Harris says

    Our prayers are with you Juanita…may God comfort you in the loss of your beloved husband. Praying for strength for you and your family….may your memories bring you strength. Love Deborah, Javalin, Sharon, Dorna and Bernita. Spartanburg SC

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    James and Etta Baum says

    Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family during your moments of bereavement! God Bless!?

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      Rhonda S says

      God bless and comfort you through this and all the days to come. We’re keeping you in our prayers.
      The neighborhood will never be the same.

      Vincent & Rhonda Smith

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    Fran Silver says

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy with love and prayers…(May HIS face upon you and give you peace. Numbers) Sorrowfully, Fran Silver and the Silver Rudd cousins from Nash County, North Carolina

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    Rosalyn Henderson and Lassiter Family says

    Send my deepest sympathy to you and my prayers . Sister Rosalyn Henderson

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    Ruth Rose says

    Dear Miss Jaunita and the entire Richardson family, May God’s grace comfort you at this very sad time.

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