Jonathan “Banks” Richardson, 63, of Aberdeen passed away surrounded by his family at UNC Hospital from complications associated with his 19 month battle with multiple myeloma.

Banks was born in Moore County on March 22, 1956 to Betty and Decatur Richardson. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1974. He loved sports and played baseball, football and basketball during his school years and men’s league softball after graduation. He went to work for Stanley Furniture in West End after graduation as assistant foreman in the cabinet department.

Banks married his soulmate, Barbara Ann Jones of Raeford on June 27, 1982. He changed occupations shortly thereafter and went to work for Watkins Color Graphics learning pre-press work. Following its closure, he went to Highland Press in Fayetteville and then to First Impressions in Raeford to be closer to home. His last employment before retirement in 2016 was Parish Sign and Service in Raeford.

Banks has been a member of Southern Pines United Methodist Church for 43 years. He served as a greeter and volunteered with the weekly Food Pantry. He was a member of the Sandhills Classic Street Rod Association and an early member of the Moore County Bassmasters when it organized. His many hobbies included golf, barefoot water skiing and basketball. He was affectionately called O.B. (OuterBanks) for his long range shots. He loved fishing, both fresh and salt water and classic cars became a passion after buying a 1969 Roadrunner and partially restoring it in 2001.

Banks and Barbara would attend car shows and cruise-ins often. He was an avid Tarheel and Rams club member attending baseball and football games and enjoying the full tailgate experience on game days with many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Jones Richardson of Aberdeen, his parents, Betty and Decatur Richardson of Southern Pines, his uncle Robert (Barbara) Harris of Eagle Springs, his aunt Peggy Swaringen of Southern Pines, his uncle Clement (Linda) Richardson of Jamestown, his aunt Sharon (Pryor) Moon of West End, his aunt Hilda (Larry) Summey of Spartanburg, SC and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation will be held Wednesday October 9, 2019 from 6-8pm at Southern Pines United Methodist Church, 175 Midland Road and a Celebration of Life on Thursday October 10, 2019 at 11am also at Southern Pines United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SPUMC Food Pantry, 175 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387 or UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, PO Box 1050, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 designated to Multiple Myeloma Research. Special thanks to all the staff, nurses and physicians at UNC Hospital-Chapel Hill and First Health of the Carolinas Cancer Center in Pinehurst.

Powell Funeral Home is serving the Richardson Family.

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  1. Barbara & Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Banks everyday. Our tailgates and time together won’t be the same without him. All our love, Tonia & Michelle.

  2. Betty, Decatur, and all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s especially hard to lose a child, even if they are grown. I know and my sympathy goes to you and all the family. Prayers & love, Mary

  3. Dear, Clement, Linda, Barbara & Richardson family, I am so sorry to hear of Banks’ passing . He was a good-looking man . He had been a talented, and athelic , & man . I am glad he enjoyed life to the fullest . May God Bless & Comfort you all during & after this Difficult time . May you always share his memories as the days go by, Love in Christ, Nancy, Harold , Julie ,Raines, Lisa & Reno Frissen . !

  4. Barbara,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry but I know you now have a permanent angel looking over you. Love you much.❤️


  5. Barbara,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Banks was such a good man & will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you & your family. We love you.

    Ryan & Mary Love McBryde

  6. Barbara & family.
    I am so sorry to hear about Banks. May our Lord wrap you in His arms and give you peace.
    God bless all of you.
    Dot Moss

  7. Betty and Decatur, I was so saddened to learn of Banks’ illness and passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love, Reba

  8. Barbara, may God comfort and bless you with the wonderful memories you and Banks shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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