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“Truly sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend Jimmy (JR). We graduated from Simon Gratz High School and reacquainted our friendship 50 years...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Connie Irving Lowber - PA

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kittonia Brooks - MD

“RIP JR! ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Patrice Rogers Baker - Raleigh, NC

“Saddened to learn of JR's passing. There may be years now but know that joy comes in the morning. A NC friend,Carolyn Rogers ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Rogers - Raleigh, NC

“Saddened to hear that my classmate & friend transitioned from this life. We will miss his signature smile & presence at our gatherings for he was...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Harrilene Shackelford - Hampton, VA

“The pictures you took last Christmas will be cherished by my family as a reminder of your presence in our home . Thank you for many years of...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Frank Bowe - Bowie, MD - Friend

“May God sustain you with His Love,Grace,and Mercy, and give you Peace. C/O 1962 HIU ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lillian Small - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“You came to visit my family with my brother in 1958. You have been a part of this family since that time. You will deeply be missed. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Rosemary Estes - Washington, DC

“To Deaque, Ryan and Chelsea, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this terribly sad time. Jimmie will be missed by all of his...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Joylette Hylick - Mt. Laurel, NJ


On August 6, 2017, the angel of death came into the home of James R. Richmond, Jr., and with chilly fingers sealed the lips of our faithful and devout deacon, Brother J. R., as he was known by so many people, was very much loved. He was the oldest of three children born to James R. Richmond, Sr., and Helen on June 21, 1940, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His higher education was at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia; became a frat member of Kappa Alpha Psi and graduated in 1963, with an undergraduate degree. While at Hampton, J.R. met and married his lovely wife Jacquelyn and they were blessed with three beautiful children.

J.R. joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church on June 19, 1983, and was ordained as a deacon in 1985. He somewhat familiarized himself with the various ministries, thereby becoming a member of the Sanctuary Choir, Male Chorus, and served on the Usher Board as we ll. He later joined the Golden Era Ministry and the Sunday School Department becoming a teacher of the adult class. He really loved teaching this class because he always got the opportunity to give the class an update of his two grandchildren. J.R. was never too busy to visit the sick which became a part of his outreach ministry.

Another ascribed quality attributed to J.R. was evident of his being loving and patient - always striving to stay focus on the Lord and forgetting not what the 23rd Psalm meant to him. J.R. talked much about how the Lord had brought him to the "now'' point in his life, his family, and his love for golf.

In personal conversations with him or when he was teaching his class he would always say that he had to work on "self' in order to live up to his high commission of the deacon's manifold tasks as expressed by the Apostle Paul. For we know that today in his heavenly home he has already received that higher degree - that "good degree," Paul mentions. Although we miss him dearly we realize that our loss is Heaven's gain.

J.R. leaves to mourn his memory his children Daegal (Nicole); Ryan, and Chelsea (Malachi); his sister Jacquelyn Stancil; brother Leon (Sandy); grandchildren Nathaniel and Ava, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

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