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Memorial service held for former Bladen County Trooper

By Erin Smith

Retired North Carolina Highway Patrol Major Waylon Blue Richardson passed away Saturday.  He was 91 years old. A memorial service was conducted on Wednesday at Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church. During his 41-year career with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, he was assigned to Troop B in Bladen County.

He and his wife, Maxine Cole Richardson, resided in Bladen County for a time as well as living in New Bern, Wilkesboro, Hickory, Asheville Salisbury and his last duty station was Raleigh where he achieved the rank of Major.

Richardson received a certificate from the Elberta Lodge No. 654 for 60 years of service as a Master Mason.  He and his wife Maxine were also loyal members of Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Roger, Ashton, Walter and Bob as well as his sisters Frances, Margaret, and Dot.

Memorials may be made to Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, Box 7, Jackson Springs, NC 27281 or FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

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