Senator Bill Richardson, Democrat of Maury County and Columbia, Tennessee had been in the General Assembly for a number of years. Bill was as strait‑laced as anyone who had ever served, did not drink alcohol, and was a lay minister in the Church of Christ for over fifty years. Bill traveled home for the entire time of his service in the General Assembly every Thursday afternoon as soon as the State Senate session was over. One Thursday Bill had stayed a little late in Nashville due to a meeting of the Senate Government Operations Committee, of which Senator Richardson was Chair. When the meeting began the sky outside was blue and the temperature was about sixty five degrees. When the meeting ended about an hour and a half later, the temperature was below freezing and a severe storm dropping three inches of ice had paralyzed the city. Bill called home to tell his wife that he was iced in and wouldn’t be home. Peggy, his wife of many years and Mother of his eight children, noted that the temperature in Columbia (sixty miles south of Nashville) was sixty three degrees and that the sun was shining. Bill said, “Now honey, there’s three inches of ice on the roads up here and I can’t make it home. I’m going to have to spend the night in Nashville. You don’t think I’m going to go out drinking or committing adultery or sinning, do you?” Peggy’s reply came back like lightning, “Bill Richardson, if you committed adultery it wouldn’t be classified as a SIN ‑ IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE.”
Senator Bill Richardson, much loved, admired and respected passed away April 2, 2012. Lord, please send us some more like Bill.