Richard Allen Gresham was the sixth child born to Mr. Charles and Mrs. Bessie Gresham in Marietta, GA., August 14, 1944.
At an early age Richard was baptized at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he developed his relationship with the Lord. Later in his life, he changed his membership to Turner Chapel
Richard was educated in the Marietta City School System where he was a 1962 graduate of Lemon Street High School. After graduating high school, Richard attended Savannah State University. While in school Richard was drafted into the United States Military in 1966, defending his country in the Vietnam War.
After his service in the Army ended, Richard returned home and completed his education at Georgia State University where he earned a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice.
Richard was the first African American Juvenile Probation Officer hired in Cobb County. He later became a supervisor with the department. He loved his job, the people he worked with, and the people he worked for. His 35 years of service to Cobb County gave him great joy.
Richard married the love of his life on his birthday in 1986. They were inseparable until his death.
Richard’s favorite pastime was fishing, hunting and playing pool. He knew Carol would not cook anything he shot or caught so he didn’t bother to bring it home.
Richard loved the Lord, his wife, and his family!
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Jean Gresham and Florene Haley, three brothers: Willie Sr. (Bro Boy), Charlie and Sam Gresham.
Richard leaves to cherish memories his devoted wife, Carol and her children, Rhonda Anderson, Archie Williams, Jr., Sheryl Ward, and Christie Womble. He also leaves a dear and devoted sister, Jennie Coar (James).
Richard aka Grandad made a profound impression on his 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandson: Joycelyn, Antoinne, Ryisha, Ronald Jr., Sheronda, Rynita, Ceejai, Rory II aka Busta, Arron, Michaela, Archie III aka Tres, Andre, Eboni, Larq, Joi, and Ace. He also has impacted the lives of a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
The family will welcome guests for the viewing/ visitation on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St. Powder Springs, GA 30127.
The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 for 11:00 AM at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St., Powder Springs, GA 30127.
Funeral Services will be live-streamed. Live stream can be viewed below or by clicking the link below. Camera will activate 10 minutes prior to service.
To the entire Gresham Family, we at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our prayers remain that your abiding faith in God will continue to comfort, to strengthen and sustain you during your time of bereavement.
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