MSG Billy Ray Richardson, 52, ANG active duty, Pflugerville, TX, 06 NOV 2021

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    Confirmed Mission: MSG Billy Ray Richardson passed away from COVID 19 on 06 October 2021.  His family has requested the presence of the PGR at his funeral and interment services.   MSG Richardson was active duty Army National Guard, having served over 27 years, with deployments to Desert Fox, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraq Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Saturday, 06 November October 2021.  Funeral service at 10 am.

    Location: Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 N Interstate Hwy 35, Pflugerville, TX 78660.  We will stage at the funeral home.
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    8:45 – 9:20 am – Staging
    9:20 am – Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag line

    Wx: High 69 deg F, sunny

    Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend.  After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and relocate to the gravesite where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison,, (907) 321-3854

    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this active duty soldier’s service to our nation.


    We might have only had (4) Patriots standing both flag-lines in honor of MSG Billy Ray Richardson on a beautiful fall day in Pflugerville today, but along with Don’s impeccable placement of static flags at both services, we looked mighty good during the packed-to-overflowing memorial and interment service for MSG Richardson. As family, friends, and co-workers arrived at the funeral home and steadily filled the parking lot to beyond capacity, several of his Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms made it a point to stop by our flag-line positions to personally thank each one of us, salute us, and shake our hands. This distinguished group of soldiers included (2) Brigadier Generals and a whole lot of other military brass.

    My thanks go to Steven and David for taking time out of your day today to stand tall in honor of MSG Richardson and special thanks goes to Don for adding your special touch in artfully placing all the static flags, which made for one impressive statement that did not go unnoticed by all who attended. RIP and Godspeed MSG Billy Ray Richardson and thank you for your years and years of dedicated service to our country!

    Jim Callison

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