Ernest Richards

Ernest Melvin “Mel” Richards, 80, of the Sandy Cross Community, passed away Saturday morning, January 13, at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, Georgia.

Born September 7, 1937, he was the son of the late Ernest Burrow and Laura Muzette Bass Richards.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and had an associate degree from North Georgia College.  He was a Mason and Shriner. He was a retired operations manager for  Action Expediting Trucking Co.  He was a member of the Midway United Methodist  Church, Midway Georgia.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Wilson Richards; son and daughter-in-law, Rich and Renee Richards, Carnesville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Mike Bryant, Carnesville, Lori Hunt, Royston, and Leslye and Frank Sinopoli, Cleveland, Georgia: eleven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services with military honors will be 1pm Thursday at the Allens United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Garner and Rev. Johnny Ray.  The families are at their respective homes and will receive friends from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Condolences may be left at



  1. Lisa and Family, I am sorry to learn about your sorrow. My thougthts and prayers are you.

  2. Joann. My heart goes out to you and your family. Even though I didn’t see you and Melvin very often I did think about you both. Our plans were to come this evening to funeral home but I’m not yet sure we can get there. But do know Bill and I care. Surround yourself with that lovely family and that will get you through. Love ya.
    Bill and Kathy (Avery) Durham

  3. Lori I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. But he has earned his wings and he is now flying high in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  4. Lisa I am so sorry for your loss! Y’all are in our prayers!

  5. For our most exceptional caring Uncle Melvin. We will miss you and I will miss the stories you told about my childhood. You kept the memories for all of us! Until we see each other again. Love from John and I.

  6. Lisa, Mike, children and grandchildren. I am so sorry for your loss.

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