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“Plant a tree, plant a legacy,” life of John Richards honored

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

G. John Richards was remembered May 3 at a ceremony held in the courtroom at the Justice Center. A dogwood tree has been planted in his memory. Current holder of that office Leah Askey, described the event as ‘plant a tree, plant a legacy.”

Richards served as the prosecuting attorney of Lincoln County for over 20 years. During that span, the caseload increased dramatically for the county’s top prosecutor. Richards, who battled cardiac issues, died last year enroute to driving himself to meet an ambulance. Pastor Wes Denham shared memories of John’s faith and the memorial service held following his death. He alluded to Richards pursuit of life as ‘it is not how you run the race but how you finish.’ The pastor shared with Richards’ family and friends about Richards’ testimony at the church last July and assurance of Jesus Christ as his savior.

Longtime friend Janet Riney offered glimpses of personal memories she experienced with Richards over a period of 30 years working with him. She read the poem called “Legend of the Dogwood Tree.”

Denise Richards also shared stories about her late husband telling of his influence on her son. Calling him a ‘man of integrity,’ who was thinking of others when he decided to be an organ donor. Through this unselfish act, she has been told that this gesture has resulted in extending the lives of 55 people.

Thank you G. John for a life well-lived.


By Bob Simmons