Celebration of Life for

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Jan 9, 2016 - and Anna McKissick, Richard was a Jacksonville native who was enriched ... in-law Hattie McKissick; nieces Paula Robinson, and Kim Law ...

Celebration of Life for

Richard Alexander McKissick Sunrise: June 23, 1925

Sunset: January 1, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016 ~ 11:00 A.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist Street Jacksonville, Fl. 32202

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. Pastor Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. Pastor Emeritus

PROGRAM OBITUARY ‘The mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and calls the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.’ - Psalm 50:1 Richard Alexander McKissick answered God’s call January 1, 2016, bringing a radiant life of service to sunset. The third son born June 25, 1925 to Lawrence and Anna McKissick, Richard was a Jacksonville native who was enriched by the training he received from his family, church, and military community. Upon graduating from Stanton High School in 1943, Richard enrolled at Morehouse College, where he matriculated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While a Morehouse Man, Richard was active with the business and law club and received special training for membership in the NAACP Youth Council. In addition, he earned numerous state certifications and recognition from Florida Technological University, Orlando, Fla., where he earned the Most Outstanding Student award. These early experiences fueled his passion for equity, social justice, and service, leading him to enlist in the United States Army, where he served for many years. Following a distinguished military career, Richard returned to Jacksonville to work at Continental Enterprises, Inc., where he led and oversaw the operations of the Roosevelt, Strand, and Frolic Theatres. As manager, Richard assisted in the recruitment and training of theatre staff – a job duty that ultimately became his life’s work. With a mission to improving lives, Richard dedicated more than 50 years to programs and organizations that contributed to the education, rehabilitation, and restoration of persons impacted by incarceration, substance abuse, and unemployment. A lover of jazz music and people, he served as a counselor, job developer, program manager, court liaison, and applicant technician to a number of transitional support organizations including Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Youth Build, and the City of Jacksonville, where he founded the DAWN (Developing Adults With Necessary Skills) Program and managed at the time of his death. While commonly known for his unique voice, a result of a laryngectomee performed in the 1990s, Richard’s life and influence were as equally special as evidenced by the numerous lives he influenced and awards that he earned including a Governor (Askew) appointment to the State Drug Advisory Council; the Congressional Lewis Hine National Award by the National Child Labor Committee; Outstanding Citizen Commendation , Jacksonville City Council Robert O. Johnson Good Government Trophy, and numerous City of Jacksonville Community Service awards. Richard was a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, where his brother served as Pastor for more than forty-five years and his nephew currently serves as Pastor, and served as a Trustee at one time and sang in the Chancel and Sanctuary Choirs. Richard is survived by his siblings Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. (Estelle), and Modestine Golden; sisterin-law Hattie McKissick; nieces Paula Robinson, and Kim Law (Clint); nephews Michael Matthews, and Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. (Kimberly); beloved grand nieces and nephew Tiffani Dailey (Torin) and Ersula White (Michael), Jocelyn McKissick, Janai McKissick and Joshua McKissick as well as other great nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins and extended family, including the Perry’s and the Putman’s.

E The Many Faces of Richard e

ORDER OF WORSHIP Pastor Torin T. Dailey, Presiding First Baptist Church of Oakland Processional Hymn of Faith

“What A Mighty God We Serve” “All Hail The Power”

Video Reflections Old Testament Psalm 46

Bishop Leofric W. Thomas, Sr. Open Arms Christian Fellowship

The Gospel John 5:24-29

Dr. Randolph Bracy Founder, New Covenant Baptist Church Of Orlando

The Epistle 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Ministry of Music Prayer Ministry of Music Words of Comfort Recessional

Pastor Frederick Newbill First Timothy Baptist Church “Let Mt. Zion Rejoice” Rev. Robert N. Burkins “Even Me” Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. “I Shall Wear A Crown”

E Richard and his Family e

E Richard at Work and his Quotes e

“I’ve fought for the people I thought were salvageable, but I have not done enough. That’s why I’m determined to do more.”

“Character counts.” “This generation of blacks do not know where they came from. They are confused about who they are. They are confused about America.”

“When participants are moved to a more responsible level of behavior, it not only improves their lives, it also makes neighborhoods safer and saves the taxpayers thousands of dollars that would have to be spent on incarcerating them repeatedly.”

Our Tribute To Our Beloved Richard

Stand tall oh mighty oak, for all the world to see, your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me. Though storm clouds hover above you, Your branches span the sky, In search of the radiant sunlight you count on to survive. When the winds are high and restless and you lose a limb or two, it only makes you stronger, we could learn so much from you. Though generations have come and gone And brought about such change, quietly you’ve watched them all yet still remained the same, I only pray God give to me the strength he’s Given you, to face each day with hope, whether skies are black or blue, Life on earth is truly a gift every moment we must treasure, it’s the simple things we take for granted that become our ultimate pleasures. - Kathy J. Parenteau

Willie Lee Perry Bruce Perry Joshua McKissick


George Perry Wil’Sean Perry Herbert W. Putman, Jr.

Floral Attendants The Bethel Church Deacons Ministry Acknowledgement It has been said that a friend who understands your tears is much better than many friends who only know your smile. We thank each of you for knowing our smile and understanding our tears as we have stood between grief and glory. Your acts of kindness, prayers, emails, cards and calls have been greatly encouraging during this past week as we have dealt with the transition of our beloved brother, uncle and family member. May the God of all grace bless each of you.


Life is Forever! Death is a Dream! If we did not go to sleep at night We’d never awaken to see the light, And the joy of watching a new day break Or meeting the dawn by some quiet lake Would never be ours unless we slept With God and all His angels kept A vigil through this “little death” That’s over with the morning’s breathAnd death, too, is a time of sleeping, For those who die are in God’s keeping And there’s a “sunrise” for each soul, For life, not death is God’s promised goalSo trust God’s promise and doubt Him never For only through death can man live forever! -Helen Steiner Rice


Interment Evergreen Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: J. E. Fralin and Sons Funeral Services 5065 Soutel Drive Jacksonville, FL 32208 (904) 924-9400

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