• Joe David Richardson was born on January 13, 1942. He is the son of the late Coy and Jamie Richardson of Bradford and has two sisters, Helen Carson of Dyer and Mary Lou Hickerson of Trenton. Joe maintains his residency just outside of the Bradford City Limits with his wife, Nancy. He is a proud father to six children (Monie, Robin, Wendy, Bart, Diana, and Merideth), step father of two (Laura and Brian), and he has 15 grandchildren that proudly call him “Pop”.


    Joe’s roots have always been firmly planted in the Bradford Community and remains today. He is also a long-time member of First Baptist Church, Bradford. Being an active member of the community for years, Joe served in various community positions, one of Bradford’s City Managers, a Bradford City Board Member, and Bradford Volunteer Fire Chief.

    You’ve heard the saying, “Jack” of all trades, well that should have been “Joe” of all trades. Aside from serving the Bradford Community in various capacities, he has also held a variety of jobs throughout his working career. He has been a paperboy, plumber, fireman, ambulance driver, bus driver, truck driver, mechanic, owner/operator of a service station, just to name a few. Joe David is probably best known for being the owner of Joe’s Body Shop which is now run by his son Bart.

    Even though he has prided himself on being a self-motivator and hard worker, Joe has always found time to enjoy a hobby here and there.  From an early age, motors and cars were his passion. From breaking down and rebuilding motorcycles in his mother’s kitchen to testing out his latest race car, up and down Chestnut Street.

    Joe David Richardson’s love of God, family, work, community, and hobbies show much about character and kindness. A note from your family, we love you more than you will ever know and the life lessons you’ve taught us will carry on for generations.  Thank you and enjoy every minute!

    He is very honored and humbled to be recognized as the 2017 Doodle Soup Days Grand Marshal.