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A fierce protector of family, James Allen Richardson Jr. was second born to the union of the late James and Naomi Richardson on June 25, 1947. He grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from North Division High School. James enjoyed studying mathematics and had an interest in world history. Early on in his career he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and later had a calling to mentor and work with youth. He enjoyed working and mentoring youth while providing guidance to help direct their path. He was always elated when a former student would recognize him and share their appreciation for his guidance. He took pride in community organizations and was an active member of 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, WI. James later realized a passion for teaching and enrolled at Oklahoma University earning a bachelor’s degree in Education at the ripe age of 50. His impassioned business mind was active and in full swing all the way to the end. For those who may not have known him or had the pleasure to make his acquaintance, James was a natural born networker with a joyous spirit who never met a stranger and was able to touch others’ hearts in an unforgettable way.
James leaves to cherish his wonderful memories; a devoted wife Sarah Richardson and five loving children; son Amahl Richardson of Los Angeles, CA, daughter Ilon Richardson of Phoenix, AZ, daughter Mattii Minor of Atlanta, GA, son Jahmil (Jessica) Richardson of Oklahoma City, OK, and daughter Aaliyah Richardson of Houston, Texas. James is survived by four sisters Jeanette (Peter) Richardson of Milwaukee, WI; Patricia (Cephus, deceased) Richards of Dallas TX; Vivian (Pastor Alvin) Currie and Carolyn (John) Richardson-Ellis both of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Maria Rahman and Linda Sarnow. He further leaves behind twelve grandchildren Jamahl Richardson, Andre Richardson, Tiana Smith, Alicia Richardson, Angela Richardson, Ayanna Richardson, Avery Richardson, Alex Parsons, Trivione Osberry, Tiana Osberry, Trevian Smith-Richardson, Takari Richardson along with a host of foster children, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and close friends.