Richard Bane (Dick) Richardson

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Richard Bane (Dick) Richardson Nashville-Richard Bane Richardson died peacefully earlier this year, at his residence in Brentwood. He was born in Mullins, SC, on March 16, 1931, grew up in Durham, NC, and spent many summers along the South Carolina coastline. Dick graduated from Durham High School in 1949. He attended Duke University where he was a member of the SAE fraternity and played football under Coach Wallace Wade. He remained a staunch Blue Devil supporter for the rest of his life. After Duke, Dick served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force during the Korean War. Via Coach Wade’s relationship with Vanderbilt’s head Coach Art Guepe, Dick landed in Nashville, where he became both a football and baseball coach for Vanderbilt University. He was proud of being part of the Commodores’ victory in the 1955 Gator Bowl, and developed lifelong friends among the coaching staff and players. While coaching, he earned his master’s degree from Peabody College. After coaching, Dick remained in Nashville. He built a successful business, and was a loving father and grandfather who attended nearly every sporting event, recital, and performance of his children and grandchildren. Dick was known for his sports stories, jokes, and love of golf. He was a member of The Capital City Men’s Golf Association, where he remained competitive for many years. Dick was a longstanding member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon and elder. He was a Freemason and a strong supporter of The Red Cross. Upon retiring, Dick became an active member of the YMCA community in Green Hills, working out daily into his late eighties, and enjoying coffee with friends afterwards. In addition, he looked forward to his weekly Sunday morning breakfast group. Dick was preceded in death by his parents DeWarner and Virginia (Bane) Richardson, his brother William, and his grandson William Forester Richardson. He is survived by his daughter, Rene’ (Richardson) Duncan, son, William Scott Richardson, and daughter-in-law Marcia (Forester), as well as grandchildren Michael Stirling Duncan III, Olivia Wallyce Duncan, and Kathleen Grace Richardson. In memoriam, donations may be made to the Green Hills YMCA, The Red Cross or to any charity of your choosing. Always with a smile until the end, he lived a full life, guided by the golden rule. Having cheated death on multiple occasions, he was ready for the next chapter. A friend to many, whether you knew him as Coach, Dick, Grandad, Cousin, Uncle Dick or Dad, he is dearly missed.

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