Charles Ray “Charlie” Richardson, age 82, of Waxahachie Texas, peacefully passed away Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. He was born the youngest of four children along with a twin sister, of V.Y. Richardson Sr. and Grace Truman Richardson on February 15, 1936, in Dallas Texas. At a young age of 14 “Charlie” was in a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Never letting that hold him back, Charlie accomplished many great things throughout his long life. His can-do attitude followed him into high school at Crozier Tech in 1952, where he signed up for Auto and Machine shop against instructors wishes. Charlie proved he could participate along with the other students by driving his car into the shop and fixing it in front of the teacher. After seeing this, the teacher allowed him to take the class, which started his long love affair with building cars.
He graduated From Crozier Tech High in 1957. He attended college at Arlington State, UT Austin and SMU, then East Texas State where received a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering in 1963.
Charlie quickly became an expert in auto mechanics. In 1968 GM was having issues with their transmissions and asked Charlie to diagnose and fix the problem, which he did. Leading to him becoming a trainer at the GM facility. Ironically, Charlie would end up teaching automotive and machine shop at Crozier Tech and Lincoln HS. Charlie loved restoring and building race car engines. He was well known for building fast cars. At one point in his life, he raced drag cars professionally, where he broke a speed record in 1975, in his car the “Lame Duck.” Charlie’s friends know that this is just a small list of his many personal achievements.
Charlie was a devout Freemason. In 1979 becoming the only paraplegic in Texas to accomplish the honor of becoming a 32 degree Mason.
Charlie is survived by his wife Jill Underwood Richardson, his Daughter Kellye Raye Hillmer, his twin Sister Alta Faye Hoffman and five nieces & four nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother V.Y. Richardson Jr. and Sister Betty Jo Wofford.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at 11 A.M. at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 West Main St. Waxahachie, TX.
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home 511 W. Main St., Waxahachie, Texas 75165.