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Hilda Ross Richards

October 15, 1946 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 74)



Mrs. Hilda Ross Richards, age 74, of Birmingham, Alabama  passed away on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama.

She was born on October 15th, 1946 in Florence, Mississippi to the late Howard Norris Ross, Sr. and Mollie Rabalais Ross. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Howard Norris Ross, Jr. and her husband, Dale A. Richards, Sr.

She was a member of Liberty Church in Birmingham.

Mrs. Richards loved the Lord, and she was a prayer warrior, always wanting to know who she could pray for. Though having a life filled with more challenges than one should, she was never known to complain. Rather, she always had confidence knowing that God would take care of her and her family.  In the past year of quarantine, she was able to keep up with all her family with modern technology and repeatedly said “THIS IS AMAZING!”

Mrs. Richards is survived by her children, D. Allan (Laura) Richards, Jr., Christopher (Allison) Richards, Mona (Cory) Ferguson; grandchildren, Abigail, Isabella, Laura Sophia, Jaden, Sarah, and Elijah; sister-in-law, Katie Richards; niece, Tamela Lowery; nephews, Gregory Couch, Chris Richards.

Her family will be receiving friends at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley on Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 PM EST. There will be a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham on Saturday at 11:00 AM CST. Pastor Bruce Terry and Buddy Sizemore of Liberty Church Birmingham will be officiating.  Due to the social gathering restrictions,  masks and social distancing will be required at the visitation and service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in her memory to Liberty Church, 2732 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35216.

Please visit her Memorial Tribute page at  to leave a condolence for her family, share a memory of Mrs. Richards, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.



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February 12, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley
3700 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854

Graveside Service
February 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Elmwood Cemetery
600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211

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