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“Ira, You brought blessing to my life now your with Jesus you have received a great reward. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Gyla - Daughter-in-Law

“May this candle burn in Heaven always....God Bless you.....Love you.....Gail ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Gail Adams - Lithia Springs, GA

“May you rest in peace now with the angels in Heaven.....Love you......Gail ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Gail Adams - Lithia Springs, GA

“The staff of Whitley Garner at Rosehaven extends our sincere sympathy to the family on your loss. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Donn McKnight - Douglasville, GA

Mr. Ira L. Richards, Sr., age 84, of Lithia Springs, GA passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012. He was born October 31, 1928 in Marietta, GA.

Mr. Richards was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was retired with 30 years of service with Atlantic Steel Company and 25 years with United Steel Workers of America as a Union Organizer and local 2401 past president. He loved meeting and talking with people and also working in his garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis J, and Minnie Louise Gentry Richards, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Richards of Douglasville, GA; sons, Doug Richards and wife Beverly of Woodstock, GA, Robert Richards and wife Teri of Ballground, GA; Ira Lee Richards, Jr. and wife Gyla of Lithia Springs, GA; daughter, Diane Owens and husband Tony of Ladson, SC; brother, Gene Richards of Ballground, GA; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 4-9 PM. The funeral service will be Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Rosehaven Chapel with Mrs. Diane Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Those who wish may send condolences or share a special memory at

Arrangements by: Whitley Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Ave., Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246