JAMES ERSKINE RICHARDSON was born on June 6, 1956, in Warren County, North Carolina, to the late James Harold Richardson and Marquarite Alston Richardson. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
He professed faith and belief in Jesus Christ and became a member of the Enon Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. His formal education was received in the Warren County Public School System, and he furthered his studies at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where he received a degree in music. He later attended Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia.
Although Erskine’s passion for music was closest to his heart, he also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and caring for others. He was known for his giving spirit and the positive impact he had on the lives he inspired and influenced. His beginning music career spanned from “Jump Street” and numerous other bands to “Tranzition” and “Rhythm Express”. He will be long remembered for his ability to transform musical instruments into beautiful renditions of demonstrated excellence.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Roshene Richardson.
Memories of his sweet spirit and loving heart will remain forever in the minds of his children, Erskine Richardson, Jamarl Richardson, and Jasmine Richardson all of the home; a special friend and the mother of his children, Joyce Bobbitt; five grandchildren, Marquaveon, Esier, Avani, Charles Earl Lewis, Jr, and Charron Lewis; two children he reared as his very own, Ronda Brown of Enfield, NC, and Curtis Coleman of Rocky Mount, NC; two sisters, Gloria Alston of Baltimore, MD, and Ruby Alston of Littleton, NC; two uncles, William Richardson (Betty) of Littleton, NC, and Reuben Richardson (Mable) of Edison, NJ; four aunts, Oria Alston of Littleton, NC, Alice Harris of Portsmouth, VA, Joyce Daughtry (George) of Chesapeake, VA, and Ada Alston of Dover, DE; six nieces, one nephew, seven great-nieces, nine great nephews, eight great-great nieces, two great-great nephews; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at the Enon Baptist Church, 325 Moore Street, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Fred Thorpe, will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home on Thursday, December 17, 2015.