Walter Lee Richardson

Walter Lee Richardson

Walter Lee Richardson
March 5, 1944 – January 15, 2021

WENDELL – Walter Lee Richardson, 76, made his ascension to Glory Friday morning.  He was born March 5, 1944 in Wake County to the late Jessie Leamon and Elva Elizabeth Liles Richardson.  Walter faithfully and honorably served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army and worked as an Automobile Salesman upon his departure from military service.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Dana Griswold, granddaughter, Whitney Griswold, siblings, Bobby, Benny and Jimmy Richardson and Sara Jo Bowser.

He is survived by his daughter, Gina Temple (Woody); son-in-law, Ken Griswold; grandchildren, Taylor and Tanner Griswold, Joshua and Chase Temple; sisters, Fentress Cash, Alice Swindell (Jim) and Mary Jane Brown as well as several special nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held 2:00pm Tuesday, Jan.19, 2021, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597.  The service will be available for viewing via on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591.


  • Walter (W.T..) Pennington Posted January 17, 2021 2:38 pm

    Walter & Ii were teenage friends in Wendell. Had some good times together.. I was in Vietnam also & Walter & I got to see each other there one time. I’m so sorry to hear about his passing and my condolence go out to his family.

  • Jackie and Jo Ann Williams Posted January 17, 2021 2:56 pm

    Jackie and I thought a of lot Walter. We will miss him. We know he had rather be with Jesus. No more pain. Our prayers are for the family for peace and comfort.

  • Jack Glasgow Posted January 18, 2021 8:52 am

    To all of Walt’s family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna McLaird Posted January 18, 2021 9:23 am

    Ken and Taylor

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Bert Green Posted January 18, 2021 10:29 am

    Prayers for God’s comfort and grace for all the family. Many memories of the Richardson family.

  • donnie nolan Posted January 18, 2021 2:05 pm

    A friend from the 60″s

  • Joyce & Junior Davis Posted January 18, 2021 2:45 pm

    Condolences to the family. We used to know Walter a long time ago in his younger days when he had black hair. We were all younger then. Went to Baptist Temple church.

  • stanley & sandra brantley Posted January 18, 2021 6:07 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with the family. God bless all of the family.

  • Teresa Amos Andrews Posted January 18, 2021 8:10 pm

    Sending hugs and prayers for Walter’s family.. He was a family friend for many years and it’s so sad to know he’s gone. He and my Daddy were close friends for a long time.. May you Rest In Peace ♥️

  • Eddie Dorsey Posted January 18, 2021 8:41 pm

    So sorry to hear the bad news. I always enjoyed hanging around with him. He was a great friend.

  • Tammy Woody Pearce Posted January 19, 2021 6:54 am

    I’m met Walter Richardson when I was 17 years old when he sold me my my first car. Then I had the pleasure of working with him Universal Chevrolet where I got to know him personally and considered him a friend. During this time I learned of his love for horses. So when I was in the market for a pony for my kids guess who sold me that pony. Yep Walter! But more than love was horses was the love of his daughters, Dana and Gina.
    As life happens and you lose contact with people, there are those that always leave an indelible mark in your life and while it was one of those in mine.
    My condolences to the family. My prayers of comfort and peace be with each of you.


  • Peggy Coley Posted January 20, 2021 12:14 pm

    We were so sorry to hear that Walter had been passed away. Because I had pneumonia we were unable to attend the service. We are sending our love and prayers to the family.

  • Brenda Creech Posted February 2, 2021 10:56 am

    Sorry about your Dad’s passing, Gina. Don’t think I have ever seen anyone who looks so much like their Dad! I know that you just recently lost your father-in-law, too. Sorry for such hard times for you & your family. Deepest sympathies.

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