Francis Richbourg – July 30, 2019

LTC Francis “Bo” W. S. Richbourg, Sr., U.S. Army, Ret. passed away on July 30, 2019 in St. Marys. He was 67.

Bo’s Celebration of Life was held at Allison Memorial Chapel on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

LT. William Daniel officiated and U.S. Army representatives, courtesy of the Ft. Stewart Honor Guard, performed the funeral honors.

Bo was a family man and a friend to anyone he ever met — a stranger was just a new potential friend, waiting for an opportunity to chat. He was quick to lend a hand, a dollar, words of encouragement, or even the shirt off his back (which was usually a loud tropical print) to anyone in need. 

Bo was married for over 38 years to the Songbird Of His Heart: Barbara A. Richbourg. He has 3 children: Francis W. S. Richbourg, Jr., Bobbi J. Richbourg, and Alicia H. Winfield. His 4 grandchildren are: Kaylin S. Richbourg, Elijah, Zoe, and Madison Winfield. He is also survived by his father,  G. Olin Richbourg, Sr., and his brother, George O. Richbourg, Jr.. Bo was preceded by his mother, Sara H. Smith Richbourg; his sister, Janet Tennant; and, his nephew, Charles “Charlie” Tennant.

Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, Bo and Barbara recently moved to St Marys, Georgia in March of 2019. And, if asked, Bo would tell you his infatuation for travel spanned his military service without pausing as he transitioned into retirement. Is it any wonder then, with his gypsy heart  and (chronically;) “itchy feet,” that Bo’s retirement goals, over the next 3-5yrs, consisted of returning to Germany, seeing the French vineyards, and finally taking Barbara on a long-awaited Alaskan cruise?

Those that knew him, can attest to the strong interconnection between his many passions: faith, family, military career, traveling, playing stocks, reading, dreaming, etc. as demonstrated by his consistent willingness to put his family / others before his own wants or needs (i.e. vacations; job promotions). Thus, it remains challenging to select a few of his greatest qualities, as there are so many to choose from. But, let’s say that his smile, laugh, wisdom, quirky “dad-ness,” unflagging love for his family, morning smooches to his wife, forgiveness, sensitivity, and unlimited catchphrases are among the first that shall be deeply treasured by all those blessed with his joyful light. Thank you and I’m proud of you! Remember: Best. [....]. Ever. LHAP / LYB2.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys was in charge of arrangements.




One thought on “Francis Richbourg – July 30, 2019

  1. JoAnne Smith Catledge

    I was so saddened to hear of the passing of my childhood friend. I did not know Bo as the adult, but saw all these qualities in the youth. I knew Bo as the brother of my close friend, Janet, and in our church community at Bethel UMC in Oswego, SC. I know he will be sorely missed. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with his lovely family.


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