STAR — Joseph Edward Richardson, affectionately known as “Joe Ed,” passed away Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2017.


Joe was the loving husband of Geraldine “Deanie” Whitley Richardson for 64½ years. A recent resident of Pawleys Island and Surfside Beach, S.C., Joe was a native of Star, N.C., where he spent most of his life as first an employee, then President and finally CEO of Clayson Knitting Company (CKC) of Star, N.C.


As a boy, Joe was an Eagle Scout, was an Engineman Second Class in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, served as a volunteer fireman at the Star Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of the Star United Methodist Church, served as a board member on the Montgomery County School Board, member of the Masonic Lodge in Biscoe, N.C., the Oasis Shriners in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters.


A memorial service is planned on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Star United Methodist Church cemetery, followed by food and fellowship at the Old Biscoe Elementary School in Biscoe, N.C.


Joe was the son of Clay Vance Richardson and Elsie Presnell Richardson; brother to Ann Richardson Winstead, Louise Richardson Hartley Rose, Clay Vance Richardson Jr. and John Monroe Richardson. Joe was born on June 17, 1932, in the house that still stands at 149 King St., Star, N.C.


Joe was preceded in death by his first son, Joseph Edward (Eddie) Richardson Jr.; and his wife, Geraldine Whitley Richardson.


Joe is survived by sister, Louise Richardson Hartley Rose; and brother, John Monroe Richardson. He is also survived by son, Ted Richardson and wife Claire of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Jo Ann Richardson of Eagle Springs, N.C.; son, Charles Richardson and wife Lisa of Seven Lakes, N.C. He was granddaddy to nine grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Aaron, Hayley, Colby, Carson, Clay, Jaxon and Zoë; and great-granddaddy to five great-grandchildren, Anna Grace, Carter, Finley, Elsie Jo and Whitley Jean.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Oasis Temple, Shriners Children’s Hospitals, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262-8410 or to the FirstHealth Hospice House, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.


Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfh.com.