A memorial service and celebration of life for Johnnie “Sonny” Richardson, 82, of Early will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, in the Bangs Community Center Building with Brian Hall officiating.

Mr. Richardson was cremated, under the direction of Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services of Early.

Mr. Richardson passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Johnnie Howard Richardson was born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Brown County, to Johnnie and Lillie Huggins Richardson. He was raised in Brown County near Brookesmith and attended Brookesmith schools. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Richardson had lived in Carthage, Texas, for a number of years and worked security at Panola College before moving back to Brownwood in 1991. He was a Baptist and had attended The Haven of Hope Church in Brownwood.

He is survived by three children, Roger Petty and wife Pricilla, of Brownwood, Sandra Flowers of Lott, Texas, and Brenda Scruggs of Tyler, Texas; one brother, Bill Richardson and wife Charlsie of Cross Cut; four sisters, Helen Roberts of Brookesmith, Patsy Traweek of Bangs, Nelda Rothwell of Lake Brownwood and Judy Pederson of Bangs. Numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Lillie Richardson; and his wife, Ida Richardson in 1990.

Friends and family members are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.heartlandfuneral