Howard Richardson, Democratic Patriarch and Labor Figure, Dies

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Howard Richardson - PHOTO BY RICK MAYNARD

Howard Richardson, a former president of the Shelby County AFL-CIO Labor Council and a prominent longtime member of the Shelby County Democratic Party, died Sunday at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness.

Richardson, a well-liked figure across factional and even party lines, was active in numerous political campaigns, and his South Memphis home was a familiar location for both political rallies and social gatherings.

A former International Vice President of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Richardson had also been chairman of the NAACP Labor and Industry Committee. He had recently retired as an officer for the Shelby County Democratic Steering Committee.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

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