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Edsel Eugene (Gene) Richmond

Edsel Eugene (Gene) Richmond passed away from this life and into the arms of Jesus on January 5th, 2024, at the age of 93 in Mena, Arkansas. He was Born December 30, 1930, in Nella, Arkansas, to the Late Edgar E. Richmond and the late Lula Richmond-Leamon

He was married to the late Helean L Richmond. He retired from the Air Force after serving 20 years.  During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed in Japan; Germany; Aleutian Islands, Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska; and several locations in the continental United States. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Mena, Arkansas, and became a farmer raising hogs and cattle on his land between Nunley and Board Camp, Arkansas. After retiring from farming, he volunteered at the Forest Service information center at the base or Rich Mountain. He was a member of the genealogy society. He spent many hours researching genealogy on his family and friends. He loved to hunt and fish. He loved spending time with his Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

Gene was a devout Christian. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mena where he had served as the teacher of the men’s adult Sunday School class. Earlier in his life he was a member of Salem Baptist Church at Nunley, Arkansas, where he had served as a deacon.

He spent his final few years at the Green House Cottages of Mena where he was truly loved and cared for by the aids and nurses at the facility.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helean Richmond, son Randy Richmond, sister Helen Thomas.  nephew Delbert Wayne Thomas and wife Kathryn.

He is survived by his son Duane Richmond and his wife Cindy; his sister Ruby Lunsford; Nephew Garland Thomas and wife Linda; Grandchildren Shawna Ramos and husband Omar, Nikki Garrett, Jeff Richmond, Andrew Richmond and wife Rachel, Dena Hamilton; Great-Grandchildren Jeffery Richmond, Myranda Richmond, Trinaty Richmond, Sevyn Richmond, Andrew Combs, Francisco Ramos, Mateo Ramos, Nicolas Ramos, Nathaniel Ramos, Kade Garrett, Kinley Garrett, Kylie Rayburn.

Services for Mr. Edsel Richmond will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Jim Tennery will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. There will be a visitation scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Pallbearers are Jeff Richmond, Jeffery Richmond J.R., Andrew Richmond, Andrew Combs, Kade Garrett, and Omar Ramos.

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