Robert Payne Richardson IV ’50

Robert Payne Richardson IV ’50, 83, of Spartanburg, S.C., passed away on June 13. Born in Reidsville, N.C., on Feb. 15, 1927, he joined the Navy to serve in the Pacific Theatre toward the end of WWII. After returning, Richardson attended Davidson, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In 1950, he married Libba McGee of Spartanburg, who preceded him in death in 2002. They moved to Spartanburg in 1952, where he cofounded Hayes and Richardson Textiles. In 1958 Richardson joined the Aug. W. Smith Co., later becoming president. Richardson began a second career in 1981, joining the commercial real estate division of Coldwell Banker Caine. Throughout his years in Spartanburg, he served on numerous charities and boards, giving many volunteer hours for the betterment of the community. He was a deacon and active member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his four children, Ricky Richardson (Betsy); Tom Richardson (Beth), 116 Keith Rd., Newport News, VA 23606-1110; Scott Richardson (Carolyn); and Bibba McKemy (Hal); his six grandchildren; his sister, Jane Vieth; and his brother, G. Irvin Richardson ’51.