Charles Muller Richardson (B 8/28/1883 D 11/12/1960)

Charles purchased the family cemetery plot, in Parsons Cemetery, where his father and mother are buried. He evidently acquired this in 1905 because of the unexpected death of his younger brother Vaughn.

Charles married Bertha C. Holloway (B 1882 D 1958) at the Baptist Church in Salisbury, Maryland 10/03/1910 and moved to Newport News, Va. where he ran a furniture store. They had two children, Carolyn McMurran and Nancy Ruth Caldwell of Winston-Salem, NC. Charles and Bertha are buried in Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury, MD. His funeral was at the Old School Baptist Church. Pete and Tommy Richardson were pallbearers.

Carolyn Richardson McMurran remembers: "I understand the Muller was for a preacher, Charles Muller. Charles worked for R.E. Powell as a young man. During World War I he was offered a better position at the Newport News Furniture Company. We moved there in September 1918. I was two and my sister Nancy a baby. There was eventually three members of the firm of the NNFCo; Daddy was president. He worked long hours and did well until the Depression hit, when we had to sell the house we had built on the James River. Eventually he regained some prosperity, and he and my mother enjoyed their last years in comfort.

After his retirement my father turned his attention to roses. It was wonderful that he had this strong interest to occupy him and fill the gap. He was treasurer of the local Rose Society. He and mother would travel all over the country visiting rose gardens, and one year they were thrilled that their rose won the Best of Show. My father's other strong intrest was deep sea fishing. He would get up at three in the morning and drive with friends to Oregon Inlet, N.C., to catch the morning tide and come home loaded with bluefish. He loved the water, but my mother would get seasick crossing the Bay from Cape Charles. After her death he went on a Caribbean cruise by himself; had his wallet lifted in Venzuela and was ashamed to tell us about it for a while.

In his last year we found a housekeeper from near Cape Charles who could drive. She would have driven me crazy, but she could talk Eastern Shore and cook Eastern Shore and was right for him. He died following a stroke following a gall bladder operation. I recall that when we went to Salisbury for the funeral, your grandmother said, "I told Charlie he should not have had that operation."

updated April, 1999 - research from collection of George Elwood Richardson, III