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The Rev. William Thompson Richter, 87, died March 10, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church.
He was born in Savannah, Ga. to Arthur Hugo and Margaret Minor Thompson Richter and moved to Greenwood in 1929. Educated in the Greenwood School System, he attended one semester of college before joining the U.S Air Force. He served in the European Theater earning five battle stars. In the Normandy Invasion he landed on Omaha Beach going through Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.
Prior to entering ordained ministry, he worked for Delta Electric Power Association in Greenwood, serving as Insurance Supervisor, District Manager and Assistant to the General Manager. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, Junior Chamber of Commerce and was named their Outstanding Young Man of the Year 1957.
After graduating from the School of Theology in Sewanee in 1969, he was ordained Deacon and Priest by the Rt. Rev. John M. Allin. During his active ministry he served churches in Aberdeen, Columbia, Sumner, and Starkville. He was Rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Starkville from 1977 until he retired in 1992.
He continued to minister as a supply priest in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. He had been an interim rector for Trinity Church in Natchez, and at the time of his death was priest-in-charge of Grace Church inCarrollton.
He served as chaplain for several local fire and police departments over the years. He also attended the National Security Seminar at the U. S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Sherley May Jones Richter; two sons, the Rev. William T. Richter, Jr. and his wife Susan of Kingwood, Texas and James White Richter of Richmond, Va.; a granddaughter Katie Richter of Austin, Texas; and a brother, Robert Linley Richter of Franklin, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dr. Arthur H. Richter, Jr.
In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial gift to the Camp Bratton Green Scholarship fund, 1530 Way Road, Canton, MS 39046.
You can go online and sign the guest register at http://www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.