Andrew “Andy” Richardson, III, 82, returned to his heavenly home July 24, 2019 after a valiant battle with an illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God started as a young boy in Louisiana, and ultimately gave him peace.
Andy was born May 27, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Andrew Richardson, Jr., and Geneva Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose Mary Richardson, and his four daughters: Denise Deas, Charlene Richardson, Pauline (Gerard) Martelly, and Teresa (LeRoy) Wilkerson; his brothers, Harold (Deborah) Richardson and Larry (Glendell) Richardson and his sister Gertrude Dolores Moore; and two grandchildren, twins Tyreé (Ishanique) and Tyreĺ Deas; along with extended family and friends.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Dillard University and joined the United States Air Force immediately afterwards, which brought him to San Antonio. He was an educator at heart, always making time to answer a question, solve a problem, or engage in a healthy debate.
He was a noted biochemist with more than 40 years of experience as a civil service employee with the United States Air Force, and was recognized for his writing of numerous white papers analyzing bioenvironmental data. Andy valued family and community stewardship, and was active in the Highland Rotary Club, Sunset Fishing and Hunting Club and various community organizations.
Andy was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church for many years and later joined Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in 2008, and was an active, dedicated servant who served on various ministries, including the Steward Board, Sons of Allen and Feed My Sheep, and also served as the church treasurer. He pledged the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., at Dillard University in 1958, became a life member in 1972, and joined the Delta Rho Lambda Chapter in San Antonio, Texas.