Howard T. Richardson

Col. Howard T. Richardson (USAF retired), 96, passed away January 20 at his home in Brandon. The Louisville native, born September 6, 1921, was the oldest son of Dr. Elbert Leech Richardson and Edna Earl Triplett Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Louise (John Stewart Sr.) Fair, Elizabeth (William) Carrothers; and his twin brother Dr. David Durham (Alma Carl) Richardson.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, childhood sweetheart Vivian Ann Keele Richardson, and their children Brig. Gen. William Keele (Jane) Richardson, Alan Blake Richardson, and Janet Lynn Richardson Robertson; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Richardson is a graduate of Louisville High School, Mississippi State College, and the Catholic University of America. He entered the United States Air Force, graduating from Aviation Cadet Training in 1942 and later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with Pilot Wings in 1943.

After serving in the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Richardson received, among others, the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired as a full-bird colonel with 31 years of service after putting in more than 7,000 flying hours.

He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, the Lions Club, Military Order of the World Wars, the Retired Officers of America, Walter Scott Coffee Club, and Sigma Chi fraternity.

Services were held January 24 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, followed by a private interment for family.

Memorials can be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, Ga., 31402 (


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