Obituary – Donald Rickard “Richie” Oswald

Published 10:26 am Thursday, January 25, 2024

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Rev. Donald Richard “Richie” Oswald, age 61 of Greenville passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 16.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Belleville Baptist Church (7717 CR-15, Castleberry). Rev. Joey Rodgers will officiate. Katye Holloway Giddens will provide special music. Keahey Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Left to cherish his memory, loving wife of 21 years, Marie Plant Oswald; son, Thomas Joseph E. Oswald; daughters, Julie Hope Etheridge (John), Judith Ann Oswald;  grandchildren, Madeline Claire, Joshua Matthew, Isabella Noel, Delilah Jewel and Benjamin Ray Etheridge; beloved nephew, Jason Snow all of Greenville; also survived by brothers, Joey Duncan (Karen) of Greenville; David McMillan of Birmingham; sisters, Lynn Duncan Johnson (Alan) of Cottonwood; Stacy Cobb (Greg) of Greenville, and Melissa Willis (James) of Alabaster; aunts, Frances Oswald (John Noah) Adams and Joyce Ann Oswald. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

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Richie was a lifelong resident of Greenville. He enjoyed his 10 years of service in the U.S. Army, as he got to travel to many countries. He won awards for sharp shooting and marksmanship which proved invaluable on the family property, snakes didn’t stand a chance! 

After his military career, he found his calling as a Pastor. He served churches in and around Butler County. Since 2012, he has been the pastor of Belleville Baptist Church in Conecuh County. He was a great man and will be missed.