US Air Force

Richard J. Lord

February 9, 1936 ~ July 24, 2019 (age 83)

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MSgt. Richard J. Lord, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 83, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019. He was born and raised in Greenfield, Mass. He graduated from Greenfield High School and then entered the U.S. Air Force.

Funeral Services will be Saturday morning, July 27, 2019, at 11 o’clock in Knightsville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Summerville Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock at Parks Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knightsville UMC, 1505 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483.

Following Basic Training in Geneva, NY, he was sent to the Charleston Air Force Base to begin his career as a firefighter. He learned the job on the job, as there was no school available for him at the time. He served two tours in Korea, a tour in Japan, and in England. He was also stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, SC, and Reece Air Force Base in Texas.

Following his military career, Mr. Lord served 20 years in the civil service. He ended his career in December 1994 as Deputy Chief at the Charleston Air Force Base Fire Department.  He married the former Rosanne Smith on January 29, 1956. During their 47-year marriage, they had five children. Rosanne died of cancer in December 2003. Richard spoke of her often. He remained devoted to her until the end of his life.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Rosanne, and two sons, Richard and Gerald. Also proceeding him in death were his parents, Albert and Thelma Lord, and his brother, Robert Lord.

He is survived by a brother, the Rev. Dr. David (Katherine) Lord, of Knoxville, TN; a sister, Jean Lord Shiver, of Lakeland, FL; a son, Philip (Tammy) Lord, of Aiken, SC, and daughters Melanie (Jim) Archer, of Las Vegas, and Melinda Lord, of Ladson, and daughter-in-law Blair Lord. He had 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Grandsons include: Alec (Brittany) Lord, of Aiken, SC, Joseph Lord, Emery Lord, Jackson Lord, Elliott Lord, James Lord, and, Preston Lord, of Ladson, SC. Granddaughters include: Amy Steele, of Augusta, GA, Marianne Archer, of Las Vegas, NV, Maeghan Lord (Dillon) Cook, of Aiken, SC, Carolyn Steele, of Summerville, SC, and Brittany Lord, of John’s Island, SC. Great-Grandchildren include: Mya Rose Cook, Lily Cook, Callan Lord, and Violet Cook, all of Aiken.

Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, 130 West 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.

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July 26, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Parks Funeral Home
130 West 1st North Street
Summerville, SC 29483

Funeral Service
July 27, 2019

11:00 AM
Knightsville United Methodist Church
1505 Central Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483

Interment following funeral service
July 27, 2019

Summerville Cemetery
1128 Boonehill Road
Summerville, SC 29483

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