Mr. Wallace Dwight Lewis Richardson, 74, of Albany, Georgia, entered the heavenly place of peace on August 18, 2021, after a long battle of complications due to a stroke. Wallace was born on August 31, 1946. He was the second oldest son born to the union of Edgar Lewis and Fannie Mae Overstreet (Richardson) in Albany, Georgia. He was later adopted by James (Fannie) Richardson. In 1967, he met Bettie Jean Causby, and they wed in 1967 and they went on to have four children: Lavoris Richardson Carter, Harriet Richardson, Alexandro (Monica) Richardson, and Lorenzo (Nakesha) Richardson. He also had extended children: Regina Tift and Mckenzie Tift. Wallace was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was very proud of all his children and loved them and his wife unconditionally. He always tried his best to support them. He also would take the time to help anyone in need regardless of relationship. He was a dedicated brother, grandfather, and friend. He leaves behind (4) Grandchildren: Deanna Carter, Tiffany Carter, Ahmad Richardson, Leighton Richardson (5) Great Grandchildren: Tamaya, Ty’ Asia, Jeremiah, Jah’quarrius, and Ja’Quazeon. (5) Brothers: Alvin Lewis, Clinton Lewis, Maurice Lewis, Edgar Jerome Stephens; Sisters: Francine (Woodrow) Lewis Walker, Charlene (Michael) Lewis Holland, Emma Lewis Griffin and He now rest with those loved ones who predeceased him (4) Brothers: William Richardson, (Brother) Edgar Lewis III, (Brother) James “Sonny” Lewis, (Brother) Kenneth Lewis. (2) Sisters: Sherrilton B. Richardson Lopes, (Sister) Odelia “Horace” Lewis Mills. He further leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Wallace was a hardworking man. After graduating from Monroe High School, he landed his first job as a laborer for Miles Plastering Company for several years. He then went on to work for various other companies throughout his lifetime such as Coats and Clark (Technician), Firestone (Tire Builder, 16 years), Cayman Golf (printer / molder), NYPRO (Technician) Cello-Foil Products (Technician), Parker Security (Chehaw Park) (Security Guard) and Cagle Keystone Foods (Floor Technician).
To many close family and friends who grew up with him, Wallace was known as ‘Wally Gator’ or ‘Lefty’. He grew up playing many sports like basketball, football, horseshoes, track & field, and wrestling. However, basketball was his favorite sport growing up. Gator was also skilled at bowling and a competitor on several leagues including the Firestone League where he won several tournaments and trophies. He was naturally gifted as an athlete, a born leader, and highly competitive. Wallace was also a jack of all trades. He was very skillful and passionate about fixing and repairing anything that was mechanical such as vehicles, appliances, kitchen & bathroom fixtures, etc. He would often fix things for family or friends at a cheaper rate to help them save money (sometimes free of charge). If it was created by man and needed to be repaired, you can best believe ‘Wally Gator’ could find a way to fix it. This was a skill he inherited from his big brother William. His lifelong hobby was fishing/hunting in his free time. He could often be found spending time with his childhood friend, Mr. Willie B. Simmons at a local honey hole (creek bed or pond) reeling in big catfish, shell crackers, crappie, bluegill, and yellow belly bream when he wasn’t at home. Anyone who knew Wallace knows that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. He will always be remembered and forever live in our hearts.
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