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“Patsy & Family, I am sorry to hear of Mr. Richardson's passing. That great sense of humor and smile will be greatly missed. My heart and prayer's...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Joann Mears-Russell - Onancock, VA

“Cousin Charles will be greatly missed. Although I knew Charles well previously through family functions, I became closer w/ Charles during his...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jennie Rogers - Machipongo, VA

“Charles was the finest neighbor and friend anyone could ever wish for. We loved him dearly. Patsy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jeff and Deb Jones - VA

“Patsy and families, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to know Mr. Richardson and he will be sadly missed. I always enjoyed talking to...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Leslie S.Furman - Assawoman, VA

“Patsy we are so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a very kind person. We were blessed to have known him. He will surely be missed. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Joe and Kim Tykot - Craddockville, VA


Capt. Charles Holtzclaw Richardson of Assawoman and formerly of Hampton died Friday. He was 84. Capt. Richardson, who was born and raised on the Eastern Shore, served 46 years as a Virginia Pilot on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads and James River, from 1943 to 1988. He was married to Patricia Holland of Virginia Beach. They attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock and lived in historic Arbuckle Place. Capt. Richardson is survived by his wife, two children, Karen R. Dilley of Williamsburg and Catherine R. Baab of Richmond; a daughter-in-law, Carol J. Richardson; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A son, Charles H. "Chuck" Richardson, died in 2006. A brother, Richard P. Richardson of Boston, MA, and formerly of Onancock, died last year. A second brother, Tommy Richardson of Wachapreague, died in 2000. Capt. Richardson was married twice previously. His first wife and the mother of his three children, Mary Jane Edgar of Ashville, NC, and Hampton, died in 1985. His second wife, Betty Ballard of Onancock, died in 1989. Capt. Richardson was born in 1926, the second of three children to Richard P. Richardson and Catherine B. Nottingham of Onley. He grew up on the Eastern Shore and later moved with his family to Charleston, SC. At age 15 he moved to Hampton to care for his paternal grandparents. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1943 and entered the Virginia Pilots Association apprenticeship program. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and helped guide vital war shipping through the mine-infested waters of Hampton Roads into the Atlantic. Capt. Richardson continued to serve with skill and distinction in one of the world's busiest harbors. During his career, the historic Virginia Pilots Association, in service since colonial days, advanced from going to ship by oar to high speed, radar-guided launches, and the size of ships grew to the massive super tankers of today. He lived on the Peninsula until retiring from the Pilots Association in 1989. Capt. Richardson was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, the Hampton Yacht Club, the Assembly Club of Newport News and the Hampton Roads German Club. He was known for his love of company, conversation and a good story, and he treated his family and many friends to countless tales of ship captains from near and far, life on the Eastern Shore, family history dating back to the Civil War, and much more. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock. A graveside service will follow immediately in Onancock Cemetery. A reception will follow at the family home. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 66 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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