District Elder James Nathaniel Richardson

September 9, 1942 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

District Elder James Richardson Obituary

District Elder James Nathaniel Richardson peacefully transitioned from this life to his eternal rest as his wife and children lovingly embraced him on Friday, August 18 at 9:49pm. District Elder Richardson was born September 9, 1942, in Tallahassee, Florida to Cleveland and Johnny Mae Richardson. From a young age, he accepted the Lord in his life, receiving the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at age 14 At El-Bethel Church under the late Pastor Mildred Hayes. Since that time, he has followed the voice of the Lord, serving in various roles steadfastly and dutifully, with love, and with a heart to bring others to Christ until his final breath.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and for 55 years, he was married to Queen Elizabeth Richardson, together sharing in the joy of serving the Lord. District Elder Richardson earned his engineering technical degree from DeVry University in Atlanta, Georgia, honing his mechanical and electrical skills. He worked as an engineering Technician for WJXT television station for 25 years. In 1970 he was installed as a deacon at Glorious Bethlehem Temple in Jacksonville, Florida, under the late Pastor Georgia Butler. He later assisted in establishing and served as deacon at Emmanuel Temple in Jacksonville under Suffragan Bishop James Walker. In 1982 he was anointed to preach the word of God.

In March 1986, District Elder Richardson was installed as pastor of Jerusalem Apostolic Temple in Tallahassee. Florida by the Late Diocesan Bishop Dr. Earl Parchia He served as the church’s pastor for 10 years when he was asked by his mother, the late Pastor Johnnie Mae Richardson of Jesus Apostolic Temple in Tallahassee to lead her church in 1996. For 18 years, District Elder Richardson pastored Jesus Apostolic Temple while still living in Jacksonville, requiring him to travel to Tallahassee every weekend. It was a sacrifice for him and his family to endure the many hours on the road, but it was a worthy commitment that he performed as unto God. During this tenure he was installed by current Diocesan Bishop Doctor Billy G. Newton as the District Elder of Florida’s panhandle. District Elder Richardson, much like everything else he did, served in this role wholeheartedly. He visited the churches in his district and with the help of other Elders, he helped to replace the roof of one of the churches. While District Elder Richardson stepped down as pastor in 2017 due to health issues, he still retained his title and duties as District Elder until his passing.

District Elder Richardson had a heart of unwavering giving of his time, insurmountable faith, and was a loving husband and father. For his children and others around him, he served as an example of how to be a strong man of God and he looked to the Lord for guidance in raising his family, bringing them to Christ. He was never one to refuse to help if asked and sometimes offered to if you didn’t. Never one to keep still long, even after retirement, he worked as a school crossing guard. Outside of church, District Elder Richardson loved to fish, go on walks, play with his grandkids, and loved watching westerns.

District Elder Richardson was preceded in death by his parents, Cleveland and Johnnie Mae Richardson. He is survived by his wife, Queen Elizabeth Richardson; son, Mark Nathaniel Richardson (Ina ); daughter, Dr. Mari Elizabeth Richardson; and his son, Matthew Lenard Richardson (Alexia); grandson, Sean Hicks; granddaughters, C’Lina Marielle Richardson, Claire Elizabeth Richardson and Chrislyn Queen Richardson; god daughter, Daria Twiggs; siblings, Deacon Dennis Richardson (Joann), Cleveland Richardson (Renae), Deanna Davis, Johnnie Lee Harris, Marie Rowles and District Elder Donald Richardson (Sheila); along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving in-laws, and of course, church family.

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August 25, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Southside Chapel of Sarah L. Carter's
2212 Emerson Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Home Going Service
August 26, 2023

11:00 AM
Glorious Bethlehem Temple
2051 Ashland Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Interment Following Service
August 26, 2023

Peetsville Cemetery
21156 Northwest County Road 200A
Lawety, FL 32058


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