Kenneth Richards

June 1, 1948 — July 8, 2020

Kenneth Richards

Kenneth Richards, Jr., age 72 of Cumming and formerly of Calhoun died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Cumming.

Kenneth was born in Chattanooga, June 1, 1948, oldest child of Dr. Charles K. Richards, Sr. and Betsy Martin Richards. He spent his childhood in Calhoun and was an alumnus of Calhoun Hight School. Class of 1966, where he excelled in basketball. He later attended the Martin Methodist College at Pulaski and completed his education at Shorter University where he also excelled in basketball. As a young man, Kenneth is best remembered as a person of good fun, and wit. He was affectionately known as “Brother Ken”. Kenneth is descended from the early medical community of Calhoun; his father, grandfather, great grandfather were formerly in medical practice here. The Richards ancestral home now houses the executive offices for the Gordon County Commission. and is one of the most significant architecturally constructed private homes in North Georgia. Kenneth enlisted in the local Georgia Army National Guard during the Viet Nam era. He was accepted in the State’s Officer Candidate School near Milledgeville and was commissioned after about a year of intensive training. He completed his service in the First Battalion, 108th Armor, Georgia Army National Guard Headquartered in Calhoun.

Kenneth is survived by his partner, Henrietta McLennan of Cumming; three daughters, Jen Cain of Naperville, Illinois, Liz Richards Coble of New Bern, North Carolina, and Emily Jacobs Colon of Raleigh, NC; one brother, Bill Richards of Apison, Tennessee; two sisters, Julie Richards Smith of Cumming and Martie Richards of Calhoun.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 2 PM from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home.

Donations can be made in Kenneth's memory to: Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America, 415 N. Second St. St. Charles, IL. 60174.

The family will receive friends prior to the service.

Thomas Funeral Home makes this announcement for the Richards family.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

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