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Clyde Deaton Richards, 77, of China Grove, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.
He was born December 21, 1943 in Charlotte, NC to the late Oscar and Virginia Richards. Clyde was a 1962 graduate of Garinger High School and was co-owner of China Grove Motorcoach Collision Center. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, but working was his passion. Clyde was a member of the Charlotte Moose Lodge, the Millbridge Ruritan Club, and the town of China Grove planning board. He proudly served as Chief of the China Grove Fire Department.
In addition to his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Richards.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally Richards; son, Jeff Richards (Stephanie) of Hickory; grandchildren, Ian and McKenna; sister, Susie Faulkner (Wade) of Pine Level; sister in law, Kathy Richards of Harrisburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Lil Man.
There will be a private memorial service held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rowan County Humane Society or to the National Kidney Foundation.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Richards family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
James Wright says
When I was a teenager, I played baseball for the team sponsored by China Grove Glass, which Clyde owned. When he was handing out uniforms, he asked if I had the money. i told him my family was poor and we just couldn’t come up with the money in time. He handed me my uniform and said, “I’ll never let money stop a boy from playing baseball.” He never asked me for the money again. I’ve never forgotten that and will never forget him.
Dorothy Livingston says
You will be missed by those in your life! Now, you can meet up with loved ones who have gone on to Heaven! God Bless! Dorothy Livingston