RICHARDSON, Chester Meredith Jr., 78, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Louisa County, passed away at home Thurs-day, June 6, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayme Hartley and Chester Meredith Richardson Sr.; sister, Kathleen Richardson Meredith; and two brothers, David W. and C. Hartley Richardson. Meredith is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Frances Dunkum Richardson; three children, Chester Meredith Richardson III (Dia), Beth Richardson Rankin (Bubba) and Jennifer Richardson Hughes (Johnny); eight grandchildren, Jacob, Kerstyn, Aria, Mason, Eric, Kimber, Ashton and Lauren; sister, Janet Richardson Shelton; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was a longtime member of Shady Grove UMC. Meredith was a member of Metropolitan Lodge No. 11 AF & AM and Meridian Lodge No. 284 AF & AM, having served as Master and Treasurer of Meridian Lodge. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, KCCH and an exemplary member of the Guard Unit, who was ready to serve on the Flag Detail. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd. A memorial service, with Masonic Rites, began at 2 p.m. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, 4202 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, Va. 23227.