The Times West Virginian


May 8, 2014

Ernest Richards

Ernest James Richards, 80, of Fairmont, passed from this life Tuesday (May 6, 2014) in his home under hospice care after a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born in Millersville on March 31, 1934, a son of the late Lillian Richards Gump.

Ernie retired as the supervisor of the Water Department for the City of Fairmont. He served as the president of the City Workers Union. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War. He was the former owner of the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. He loved gardening, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Richards is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna Talbert, who was his primary care giver, Roxanne and Terry Booth of Harriman, Tennessee, and Tammy and Jeff Stuck of Deltona, Florida; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest Richards Jr. and Doreen of Lexington, South Carolina, and Anthony and Jamie Richards of Monongah; one half-brother, Donald Gump of Fairmont; six grandchildren, Patrick Talbot, Rebecca Rosado, Julie Richbourg, Cole Richards, Lanie Richards and Trevor Stuck; three great-grandchildren, Kallie Richbourg, Anderson Richbourg and Sophia Laymance; also his pets, Tippie Toes, Ginger and Muffie, and several cats he took care of in the neighborhood.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Gump; two sisters, Madge Securro and Betty Ann Gump; and also one grandson, Lucas Richards.

Friends may call at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison St., Fairmont, today from 6-9 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Melvin Ringer officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full military honors being presented by the U.S. Air Force and the Taylor County Honor Guard.

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