Deacon Richard Mashburn, Sr., 96, of Chattahoochee, FL transitioned on March 11, 2014.
Services were held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 A.M. at Greater Bethel M.B. Church in Chattahoochee, FL. Born on January 1, 1918, he was a lifelong resident of Chattahoochee. His diploma is proudly displayed representing completion with honors of all grade levels available to blacks in Gadsden County in 1934. An ordained deacon since 1947, he took his charge and was the leader in building Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a 33rd° Past Worshipful Master of the International F. & A.M. Masons and Order of the Eastern Star. Up until his death, he was president of the Burial Aid of Benevolence, Mayflower Lodge #1. During World War II, he served as a carpenter in the Civilian Conservation Corps and also worked in the laundry and dry cleaning business. He retired as evening Charge Aide of the forensic ward of the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard “Buster” Mashburn and Elnora Cruse Sweet, devoted wife, of fifty-seven years, Lue Lee Lyons Mashburn, and grandson, Recardo D. Mashburn.
His memory will endure as a blessing by his family: son, Rev. Dr. Richard (Blondell) Mashburn of Tallahassee; daughter, Betty L. (Andrew) Bryson of San Diego, CA; daughter Delores (Raymond, Sr.) Mathews, of Lithia, FL; “like a daughter” Pamela Lyons of Chattahoochee. Grandchildren Sharon Mashburn, (granddaughter-in-law), Boynton Beach, FL; Roderick Mashburn, Panama City, FL; Rawn Mashburn, Decatur GA; Crystal B. Gatlin, San Diego, CA; Donna (Fred Glick) Bryson, Denver, CO; Raymond (Tonja) Mathews, Jr., Tallahassee, and Richard Mathews, Sr., Estero, FL. Great-granddaughters Phaedra (Giovanni) Mashburn Olomo, Brooklyn, NY; Kristen Mashburn, Boynton Beach, FL; Zakiyyah Mashburn, Decatur, GA; Thandi Glick, Denver, CO; and Mallory Mathews, Tallahassee. Great-grandsons Randall and Eric Mashburn, Boynton Beach, FL; Kiefer Gatlin, San Diego, CA; and Richard “Deuce” Mathews, Jr., Estero, FL. Great-great-grandsons Ethan Olomo, Brooklyn, NY and Jeremiah King Hudson, Boynton Beach, FL. First cousins, Christine Anderson, Perry, FL and Jean Marie Jones, Pensacola and a host of other relatives and friends.
Crawford & Moultry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.