Abbie Gibbe Richardson
Funeral Date: 3/28/2012

Abbie Gibbe Abernathy Richardson, 92, of Warren passed away March 24,2012 at Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, AR. Born October 2, 1919 in Banks, AR. she was the daughter of the late Alpha Cunningham Abernathy and Gibb W. Abernathy. She was valedictorian of her high school class and received a scholarship to UAM where she studied music. While there she was voted Most Beautiful Girl on Campus. It is her voice, her love of life and her charisma that will be remembered in the hearts of many. She married Floyd Thomas Richardson on September 6, 1942 and he died January 24, 1992. Survivors include their son, Floyd Thomas (Tommy) Richardson, Jr. and spouse, Cathy, of Warren; two daughters, Jennifer Reilly and spouse, Mickey, of The Woodlands, TX; Robin Williams and spouse, David, of Hot Springs; a brother, Bill Abernathy and wife, Peggy, of El Dorado; 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren who lovingly called her GG; and host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Kyle Williams. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was a choir member for 68 years. Soloist, pianist, and interim choir director were duties she performed over and over. In later years she was honored at First Baptist when they celebrated "Miss Abbie" Day. For over fifty years Miss Abbie sang the national anthem for the Memorial Day ceremonies on the Bradley County Courthouse square. She hosted a radio show, "Abbie Sings", on KWRF in the fifties and sixties by remote control from her own home and recorded a long-playing record, "Isn't It A Joy." "The Kitchenettes", a singing group comprised of her close friends, Katherine Russell, Jerry Smalling, Pauline Cash and Abbie, entertained at many functions. She is most remembered for her willingness to sing and/or play for countless weddings, funerals, and civic meetings enjoying all kinds of music -religious, classic, fun, love songs, ditties - laughing music, crying music, comforting music, GOOD music! All with beauty and radiance. She was a 50 year member and past president of GFWC (Warren Woman's Club), past president of Chapter AF, PEO, life member of the PTA, and organizing Regent for Captain Robert Abernathy Chapter of the DAR. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Frazer's Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Stanley and Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Active pallbearers were David Kent Williams, Jr., Cary Walker, Ben Little, Mike Worley, Gib Richardson, Stephen Reilly, Cody Daniel. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Joe H. Wharton, Ralph Coston, Curtis Blankinship, Jr., John Cuthbertson, Scott Richardson, Bob Milton, Bruce Cash, Murray Claycomb, Gary McFarland, Gerald Burton and Billy Joe Watson. Memorials preferred to First Baptist Church, 310 S. Main, Warren, AR 71671 or Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 N. Main, Warren, AR



Name: Charles Landers
Message: Tommy, Jenni, & Robin, it was sad to hear of your Mom's passing, and I know you all will really miss her a lot. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Andy Gibbs
Message: Dear Richardson Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Abbie was a one-of-kind. She was a blessing to so many. She and your father impacted our family significantly. Abbie made music fun and your father taught me Sunday School. For now, we can hold to the Blessed Assurance: We will see them again. Sincerely, Andy, Kim, Drew and Ridge Gibbs

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: I am so sorry to read of Mrs. Abbie's passing. She was truly one of a kind. I am so proud to have known her and had the pleasure of working with her on various programs. My prayers to all the family.

Name: Leonard & Sharon Rice
Message: Sharon and I were so saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful friend to so many people and will be greatly missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Name: David(K.C.) & Tina McClain
Message: So sorry for your loss of Ms. Abbie. She was a beautiful & talented person. May God bless you and help you through this hard & painful time in your life.

Name: Ronnie and Barbara Higgins
Message: A sad day for us and glorious day in God's House. How very lucky we are to have known her.

Name: John & Sandy Gavin
Message: We are so sorry to hear you lost Ms. Abbie. John & I had a wonderful visit with her a few weeks ago at The Guest House. She was always such a joy to be around & her optimistic spirit was contagious. We will be praying for your family.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mrs. Abbie was a bright spot in my life as she was in the lives of countless others. She will be greatly missed by all, though the way she touched so many of us will be joyfully cherished memories.

Name: linda Cathey
Message: So sorry to hear about Miss.Abby,she was a wonderful person who was a true Christon,her voice will be missed on earth but I look foward to hearing it in heaven, she is probably teaching the angels how to sing!!!

Name: Lola Dudley
Message: I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Abbie. You'll be in my thoughts.

Name: Pam Lafferty
Message: A truly beautiful women. I am blessed to have known her.

Name: Ronald Smith
Message: Bill sorry about your loss.

Name: Susan Councille Dill
Message: Miss Abbie is a delightful part of our memories of growing up in Warren.

Name: Tom Ed Wright
Message: I will always remember the smile and the friendly greetings of your mother. Tommy and the rest of the family, may the Lord of all comfort, comfort you at this time..from an old friend from school days...TEW

Name: Donna Raney
Message: Ms. Abbie was a very classy and beautiful lady, inside and out. She always had a smile that would brighten anyone's day. She will be truly missed by all who had the opportunity to know her. We will be keeping all the family in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Donna, Jeff, Blake, and Haley

Name: Philip Lyon
Message: What an influenshe had on thousands of kids growing up in Warren, including mine. She was probably the most influential person in my life and for this I am grateful. We should all be thankful to God for sharing her with us.

Name: Cherie Erwin Bradford
Message: So thankful to have been influenced by Abby since 1948...such as wonderful positive person!

Name: Jo Ann Stone Johnson
Message: I was a piano student of your Mother's; also she taught Glee Club to students at Banks, where I attended school. She was a wonderful teacher & friend. She was a very positive influence in my life.

Name: Tommy & Sandra Toole
Message: Tommy, Jenni and Robin. We were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We have fond memories of her growing up in Warren. She had a beautiful voice and a sweet sweet spirit..

Name: June Self
Message: Tommy, Jennifer, and Robin, your whole family meant so much to us when we were all at First Baptist years ago. Miss Abbie was especially close to the young women of the church, as she led the girls' ensemble, trips to Siloam Springs, etc. I thank God for her influence and will always remember her with love.

Name: Joanna Anderson Hudson
Message: Tommy, "Miss Abby" was a delight to know, always with a beautiful smile. So sorry to hear of her death but she was blessed with a long life. Many fond memories. God bless all of you.

Name: Amy Baker Harton
Message: Sorry for your loss, just remember she truly is singing with the angels now. Rejoice, Rejoice until we see her again. My love to all.

Name: Jody Gladden
Message: Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was so kind to our mother, Betty Jo Pruett when she was in the Guest House a few years ago. Your Mom was a precious lady.

Name: John Chenault
Message: Dear Tommy, Jennifer and Robin. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Our family lived across the street from your family in the 50's. I use to request your mom to sing "It Is No Secret, What God Can Do" on her radio program. I never hear that song without thinking of her. She was a sweet Southern Lady.

Name: John Chenault
Message: Dear Tommy, Jennifer and Robin. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Our family lived across the street from your family in the 50's. I use to request your mom to sing "It Is No Secret, What God Can Do" on her radio program. I never hear that song without thinking of her. She was a sweet Southern Lady.

Name: Jim & Ginger Anders
Message: Our prayers are with you.

Name: Mike Lonsberry
Message: Many of us who grew up in Warren, Arkansas learned to love, respect and honor those who taught us by both word and deed that life really is fun and that the world is really a beautiful place. There were too few of those people, but Miss Abbie Richardson was one I fondly remember. One true measure of our benefit to mankind is the number of children who want to be just like us when they grow up. It is safe to say that Miss Abbie was loved and admired by a very large number of children who wanted to "be just like her". We praise and thank Our Savior for sharing this grand lady with us and the rest of the world. Miss Abbie's life was a job well done.