Alstyne Richardson was born to the late Carey D. and Mildred C. Richardson on
August 26, 1933 in Hollister, NC. Cunice
departed this life on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the St. Francis Nursing
Center, Newport News, Virginia.
affectionately known as “Niecey,” was educated in the Newport News school
system. She evolved to become an admired
and accomplished business professional, as well as a skilled community advocate
early adult years reflected working on various assembly lines and clerical
positions. She developed the necessary
skills to become an accomplished administrator, entrepreneur, and business
proprietor. In the early 1960s, she
negotiated a key role in the auto salvage business. She became the first
minority/female manager in the northeastern United States, as the Business
Manager with Sheldon Auto Salvage, Inc., of Newark, New Jersey.
this role, she parlayed her influence with industry clientele and professional
contacts toward providing opportunities and employment for other
minorities. Her influence in the
industry provided a path for her younger siblings to establish and develop
their careers, i.e., Milton as a Claims Adjuster with General Motors, Carey
with his own towing service, and Emma as Assistant Manager with Sheldon Auto
Salvage. Her mentoring extended even to
cousins, wherein her “sister” cousin Yolanda was included in this process. Then “Niecey” moved on to incorporate her own
auto salvage operation is South Jersey.
the early 1980s, Minority Business
magazine published a feature article recognizing her as the
Female Entrepreneur of the Year, in honor of nearly two decades of business
achievements and management activities in the auto salvage industry.
retiring from the auto salvage business, “Niecey” relocated to Newport News. She took on the role of caregiver to her
elderly parents, while working as Communications Dispatcher at Eastern State
Hospital, in Williamsburg. Her
willingness to help others continued in her personal and social life, as
evidenced by her involvement in her residence at Checed Warwick (senior
apartment building). She was President
of the Residents Council, Member of the Neighborhood Watch Committee, and the
“Go To” person to get things done. Cunice enjoyed playing Bingo, Po-Keno, Spades,
watching movies, and getting together with other residents of her building for
breakfast on Friday mornings.
leaves to cherish her memories: Her son
Robert L. Stewart (Irena), of Somerset, NJ, grandsons Keith C. Stewart
(Diesha), of Somerset, NJ, David J. Stewart (Kelly), of Ft. Lewis, WA,
granddaughter Erica N. Stewart of Somerset, NJ, grandchildren: Akira, Keith, Jr., Olivia, and David, Jr. Sisters:
Emma Farrow of Kannapolis, NC, Bernice Dillard (Stanley) of Kissime, FL,
Louise Smith (Harry) of Clarksville, TN, and Sandra Martin (Rudy) of Palm Bay,
FL. Brothers: Milton Richardson (Alice) of Palm Bay, FL,
Otis Richardson of Piscataway, NJ, Spencer Richardson of Newport News, VA, Carl
Richardson (Ruth) of Killeen, TX, a sister-in-law: Jean Richardson of Jamaica, NY, widow of
brother Carey Richardson, God-daughter Elizabeth Kennon; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and
special friends: Helen, Earldene, Pat,
Beverly and Roy.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 on Monday January 29, 2018 at Colossian Baptist Church, 856 Old Fort Eustis Blvd., Newport News VA 23608. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 11-12. A repast will follow at the church.