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Jesse B. Richmond, Jr.Mr. Jesse Benjamin Richmond, Jr. passed from labor to reward, Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Gulfport, MS. He was reared in Jeff Davis County by his loving grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Richmond. Mr. Richmond�s education began at the Progress Vocational Elementary School in Jeff Davis County and continued through graduation at the Prentiss Institute. During his high school years, Mr. Richmond was inspired by his uncle, the late Silas Richmond, who was a Mortician. This uncle caused him to want to pursue the Mortuary profession, and encouraged him in the direction of developing his own business. However, the Funeral profession seemed to have been his natural choice, since his father, three uncles, one nephew and numerous cousins are also a part of the profession. Mr. Richmond attended and graduated from Commonwealth College of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas in August of 1961. After graduating, an apprenticeship in Funeral Directing and Embalming was served at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana, under the direction of his uncle, Moses L. Richmond. A year later Richmond was licensed by the State of Louisiana as Funeral Director and Embalmer. Later he met the requirements and was licensed by the State of Mississippi as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. While working in Bogalusa, he was drafted by the U.S. Army. His tour of duty was centered on working in the U.S. Mortuary in Viet Nam as an embalmer. Upon returning to the United States and deciding to make his home on the Golden Gulf Coast, his uncle Silas Richmond referred him to the late W.B. McDaniel, former owner of the W.B. McDaniel & Son Funeral Home in Biloxi. His meeting Mr. McDaniel developed into a working relationship which lasted until Mr. McDaniel retired. When McDaniel decided to retire and sell the business, Richmond seized the opportunity and became owner of the McDaniel-Richmond Home January 1, 1980. Before owning his business, Mr. Richmond worked various jobs: Pier Worker, Glass Plant Worker and UPS. During this time he remained true to his profession and was a trade embalmer for funeral homes of the Coastal area: Dickey Brothers, Chamber Brothers; Galloway Funeral Homes (both of Biloxi): J.T. Hall Funeral Home; (Gulfport) Lockett�s Mortuary (Gulfport); and Gulf Funeral Home (Pascagoula). After years of sacrifice and dedication, in 1980, Mr. Richmond became the proprietor of McDaniel Funeral Home located in Biloxi. Upon his acquisition, the name was changed to McDaniel-Richmond Funeral Home. Always looking to grow, he decided to expand his horizons in 1983. A second purchase was made in Gulfport and Richmond Funeral Home was established on 30th Avenue. Mr. Richmond contributed this success to the support he received from people and his willingness to serve others. Mr. Richmond held membership in the following: Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Trustee Board; National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association; Southern District Association of Funeral Directors for the State of Mississippi, NAACP, Greater Biloxi Development Corporation; Biloxi Chamber of Commerce; Gulfport Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Sportsman�s Club; H.U.G., Inc. and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, Mr. Richmond had the distinction of having trained apprentices: Rick August (Richmond-August Funeral Home); Helen Evans (J.T. Hall Funeral Home); Gregory Fluker (A.A. Memorial, Lumberton, MS); Jeffery Woods (People�s Funeral Home, Jackson, MS); Elizabeth Brown, Rev. Leon May, and Carl James. One of Mr. Richmond�s philosophies was, �If one believes, puts forth effort, rewards and success will follow.� He learned that with God, all things are possible. Mr. Jesse B. Richmond, Jr. leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Jessica Richmond; five aunts: Edna Foxworth, Alberta (LaVant) Maupin, Alvia Richmond, Claudine Richmond, and Norvella Ross; one uncle, Archie (Carolyn) Ross, one nephew, Arnold (Monica ) Randall, a �cousin-sister�, Bettie (John) Hawthorne, a close friend, Rosella Pittman and a host of cousins, family and friends throughout the United States. The body of Mr. Jesse B. Richmond, Jr. will lie in repose for public viewing, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:00am at Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 4538 15th Street, Gulfport; with visitation from 9:00-11:00am. The family of Mr. Jesse B. Richmond, Jr. has entrusted his care to the professional staff of Richmond-August Funeral Home.
To the family of Mr. Jessie Richmond, please accept my deepest sympathy. May God Bless each of you.
Valerie Hill Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
May the peace of God rest,rule and abide in you forever. Rest in Peace
Lisa McGee Lewis Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
my prayers and love is with you all in your time of grief
mae norwood Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
May God give you Family of the late Mr Richmond peace during your time of grief and such a difficult time. Our prayers for the family
Mark A. Wilkerson Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
Precious lord lead me on to the light, take me hand and lead me home. Richmond, you shall never be forgotten by my family or Myself. I am forever grateful for the home going celebration you help make happen for my daughter Tywana. I send all my prayers and love to everyone who has come into contact with you. I pray for the strength of your Family and Friends. With all my love Virginia Hartley and Family
Virginia Hartley Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
You have our deepest sympathy. May God bless the family. We love you. Jessie was my classmate at the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science in 1960 in Atlanta, GA. Mr & Mrs Ben Phillips Dalton, GA
Ben Phillips Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
Gone but never forgotten Jessica hold your head up God makes no mistakes. REST IN PARADISE MR. RICHMOND
Gary Harris Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
Praying for the family
Janice Merrell Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
May God's Blessings be with you. He will certainly be missed.
LeNora Ralph Walton Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
Andrew C. Reeves has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.
Andrew C. Reeves Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM