Bernard Richardson, Jr.

November 03, 1941 - April 23, 2020

Bernard Richardson, Jr.

Bernard “Sonny” Richardson, Jr., 78, of Warren, died Thursday, April 23, 2020.  He was born on November 3, 1941, in Beaumont, to Lois Williams Richardson and Bernard Richardson.  Sonny proudly served his country in the United States Army and later retired from the Beaumont Fire Department. Sonny was also a member of B.F. Quicksall Lodge #1320 A.F. & A.M.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-four years, Karla Richardson; children, Shelly Hale and her husband, Steve, of Oklahoma; Robin Richardson of North Carolina; and Chip Richardson of Beaumont; and brother, Bill Richardson and his wife, Lisa, of Warren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sharon Eaves.

Sonny’s family graveside service will be held at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Graveside Service
Old Hardin Cemetery
Hwy 326 Kountze, TX 77625

Comments (17)

  • Linda D Reyes

    02 May 2020 at 03:09 | #

    Today my heart grieves for the lost of my dear Friend Sonny, oh the stories over the past 40 years. will bring my heart a smile as they did each time Sonny and I crossed paths, Bill and Lesa love you all dearly I find joy in all the memories . Hugs!


  • Andy Barry

    29 April 2020 at 14:21 | #

    I went on shift in October 1986. I was assigned to Engine 12 with Sonny as my first Captain. About three weeks later, the dispatcher sent us to a fire on Archie St. about 5 blocks from the station. It was the middle of the night and fire was coming out all the windows that you could see from the front. District Chief E.B. Shelton and Captain Richardson went around the back and found a window that didn't have fire coming out of it. Sonny and E.B. both climbed into the window with only a bunker coat on and no air pack. Chief Lyons sent about 3 of us to the back of the house to help. E.B. and Sonny handed us a young woman, a 5 year old boy, and a 2 year old girl. Sonny went down from smoke inhalation when he came out of the window. E.B. went around to the front and did CPR on the 2 year old. I would ride Engine 12 for the better part of 8 more years and a fire truck for a total of over 30 years and never again see that amount of heroism at one fire scene. Sonny and E.B. are true heroes. Sonny was a great firefighter, a great friend, and someone I always looked up to. I know Sonny had a great life. He did it his way. Prayers for Karla and his family.


  • Elliott Bounds

    28 April 2020 at 03:33 | #

    Son,we had them all fooled.Keep on trucking in Heaven.Run them dogs all day and night.Remember no onions.


  • Larry Harvey

    27 April 2020 at 13:23 | #

    I have wonderful memories of Barnard. We grew up together. He lived on Taylor Street and I lived on Monroe Street. We played together as kids. Remember walking to Edward's Elementary past the fire station where his dad worked. Remember how much he loved to play basketball. Remember those high school years at French HS. So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed.


  • Kent Shaffer

    27 April 2020 at 02:48 | #

    Karla, may god bless ur now sonny, job well done...


  • Raymond Westman

    27 April 2020 at 02:32 | #

    Sonny was a very good friend. Many good memories such as the day he was born and when he came to work at the fire department. I will miss our visits and our morning phone calls. You will be missed.


  • John S. Garbo

    26 April 2020 at 13:06 | #

    Sonny was a Great friend and mentor to me as a young man at Central fire station. I will miss our talks and his stories and wisdom. One day we will meet again. Miss you Sonny Boy....


  • Sherrie LaRocca

    26 April 2020 at 02:57 | #

    So sorry for your loss Karla. You are in my thoughts and prayers.❤️


  • Aline Haas Broussard

    25 April 2020 at 22:41 | #

    Karla and all the family,
    I am so sadden and sorry to hear of the loss of Sonny. Me and Bobby a fellow fireman and friend knew him years ago. I got to visit with him at Sharon visitation and was the first time I had seen him in a long time. So glad we had that time to visit. I know the heart break of losing a spouse. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I real nice man and know he will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. .
    My Deepest Sympathy
    Aline Haas Broussard


  • Herman Weber

    25 April 2020 at 19:25 | #

    Condolences for your loss. I remember an event with Sonny I have not forgotten. It was in the 1960's or early 70's. I can't remember the extact event, but I do remember Sonny wearing a Green Beret uniform or some other special forces uniform. I was impressed enough it was engrained in my memory., Also, with his lifetime service as a Fireman, Sonny was what I describe as "Hero."


  • Jack Langston

    25 April 2020 at 16:56 | #

    My brother and I grew up with Bernard a few blocks away.. His dad was fireman and we had 3 uncles in fired dept. Beaumont hired a lot of Hardin county men in those days.. Bernard and I only lived few miles apart but we lost contact as adults. I remember him being a good athlete and always nice to people . He wore a big smile and was well liked. RIP old friend.


  • Don Wiley

    25 April 2020 at 16:32 | #

    I am so sorry to read that Bernard has passed away. We met in 1957 in school and have been good friends ever since. We played ball and went to French High together. May God give you and your family a peace that passes all understanding at this time.


  • Kelley Kays, Dvm

    25 April 2020 at 16:15 | #

    Dear Shelly, It is a life-changing event when you lose a parent. Our paths have not crossed lately but you are in my heart forever know that I love you during this difficult time. Sonny and I shared the same birthday on a different year,
    I find some meaning to that - social distance hug Kelley


  • Dee Ann Bertrand Pate

    25 April 2020 at 15:55 | #

    Bernard & i went to school together & we were friends for many years. Time & age have taken a tole on our relationship,, but i will always call him my friend. So sorry for your loss of a wonderful person. Us old buffaloes are getting to be fewer and fewer but we were awesome!


  • Meredith Viator

    25 April 2020 at 15:02 | #

    I am good friends with his children Shelly & Chip. I never met this man, but I do know they thought the world of him and are suffering a tremendous loss. The sincerest of condolenses sent to his family. May God send peace, healing of their pain of grief and grace to his loved ones.


  • Vincent cormier

    25 April 2020 at 02:49 | #

    Great friend. I have known sonny for 40 years....he will be greatly missed.


  • Cheryl

    24 April 2020 at 22:00 | #

    Sonny is a member of a Hardin co. Blue blood family. His uncle former DA and legendary attorney Boog Richardson. Sonny carved an amenible legacy. . He will be missed. Prayers for his many friends abs family.


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