Obituary of Richard Sterrett
Richard was the third child of the late Adrian and Wilhelmina Sterrett. He grew up with his two siblings, Adrian and Joan in Brooklyn, New York. They regularly attended Emmanuel Baptist Church where they received their religious education and understanding. Our childhood past time was spent going to vacation bible school, playing baseball, hand ball, and attending summer school. They also visited their mother’s family in South Carolina during the summers. Day to day life for the Sterrett household was very quiet, organized, fun yet strict. Richard was educated in the New York City public school system.After high school as a result of being bullied he began leading a troubled life. His lack of inner motivation led his father to strongly encourage him to join the armed forces.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1980-1983 as a unit supply specialist where he met his wife Lisa Williams. After being stationed at Fort Ord Lisa and Richard settled in Seaside and married August 19, 1983. Three children were born from this union, Richard, Patrice, and Tawanda.
Richard began working at the Correction Training Facility Soledad where he retired after a 28 year career. While working in corrections he participated in the Veterans Group of Correctional Training, a group which aided incarcerated veterans to improve their life. He also participated in an inmate outreach program which helped lead inmates to Christ. He was awarded employee of the month and the respect of many co- workers for his excellent service while at the correctional facility.
As a result of his childhood struggles and his correctional background, he wanted to help others avoid the same road. Richard’s passion was to foster a community for troubled youth by motivating them to develop a desire to better themselves.
From his three children Richard was blessed to have 5 grandkids Cameron, Kiara, Simeon, Kairi, and Elijah.
He regularly attended Compass Church and was involved with Kids Central, Mens Bible Study, and Celebrate Recovery. He could regularly be seen greeting everyone each Sunday morning at the door. He loved to joke around and his sarcasm was well known among family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all the lives he touched.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2019 1-9pm at Healey Mortuary 405 N. Sanborn Rd Salinas, CA 93905.
Funeral Services take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 1pm at Compass Church 830 Padre Drive Salinas, CA 93901.
Cremation to follow services and an Inurnment of ashes will take place a later date at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery 2900 Parker Flats Rd in Seaside, CA 93955.