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John Franklin Richards III

John Franklin Richards III, 75, of Griffin, Ga., passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Christian Ministries Hospice.

Mr. Richards was born in Macon, Mo., on July 18, 1937, a son of the late John Franklin Jr. and Hazel Gee Richards. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Frances Richards.

The family lived in Bellefontaine for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Richards; daughter, Terry (Bryan) Ferrell; grandchildren, Nikole (Shelby) Carter, Presley Shifflett and Gena Shifflett; and great-grandchildren, Tristan, Lily and Rosie.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, E-7, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He started his public service as a firefighter for the city of St. Joe, Mo. SSGT Richards spent 20 years in the military District of Washington, serving as Farrier, Sentry Dog Vet. Service and Army Medical Corps. While serving Medical Corps, SSGT Richards helped plan the funeral for General Omar Bradley.

Upon retirement from the US Army, SSGT Richards continued to serve the United States as a federal police officer. He served in that position until his second retirement.

Mr. Richards was a life member of the NRA. As an avid outdoorsman, he spent many days afield every year, enjoying what he fought so hard to defend. Mr. Richards loved this country outdoors, from a fly-in trip to Canada to the west of Wyoming, but above all Mr. Richards enjoyed his Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He attended New Beginnings Christian Church.

Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, Griffin, Ga., followed by a funeral service officiated by the Rev. Marty Miller. Interment is in Arlington National Cemetery.

Express condolences at www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com.

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