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Funeral Service

Berea Christian Church
Wednesday February 16th, 2022

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Christopher Lee Richister

Christopher Lee Richister, 49, of Suffolk, VA passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Woodrow L. and Nora Vernell (Grantham) Richister; and maternal grandparents, Charles Peeples and Helen Maree (Halford) Barnes Ross.

Christopher served his country for 20 years in the United States Coast Guard. He was a proud veteran who loved God and his country, a true patriot. Prior to his service, Christopher graduated from Patrick Henry Academy and obtained an associate’s degree from The University of South Carolina. He was a great father and his sons were his pride and joy. He enjoyed trips to the mountains with his boys as well as hunting and all things outdoors. He was a loving father and son. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his parents, Woodrow Stanley “Butch” Richister and Bettis (Barnes) Richister; sons, Jayce McSwain Richister, Bryan Thomas Richister, and Taylor Richister Sokolik; brother, Lt. Col. Woodrow Stanley “Stan”, Jr., USAF; nieces, Audra Elizabeth and Ambralyn Noelle Richister; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

His service will be held at Berea Christian Church, 4109 Driver Ln, Suffolk, VA 23435 , Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 11 am officiated by Rev. Robert L. Stovall. Further services, officiated by Rev. Dr. James Franklin Norris III, will be held in South Carolina at Lawtonville Baptist Church. Interment will be at Lawtonville Cemetery, Estill, SC. Dates and times to be determined. R.W. Baker Funeral & Company North Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com

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Sorry this is late me and my daughter went through a lot when we found out that he was gone. Chris was an awesome person I a single mom and my daughter had no dad figure and he had step in. She now has that hole again, all I can say is thank you and I miss you.

Helen caine Dec 9 2022 12:19 PM

I am the Aunt of his son Taylor & even tho I didn't know him, my thoughts & prayers are with his family & the Sokolik side as well.

Elizabeth A. Sokolik Feb 15 2022 10:13 PM

I am the uncle of his son Taylor & even tho I never met him my thoughts & prayers are with his family & also the Sokolik side as well.

Allen C. Sokolik Jr. Feb 15 2022 9:45 PM

Chris was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever known. I will miss your calls and our long conversations. Your silly humor always lifted me up. I know you are having the best time in heaven. Looking forward to seeing you again. My deepest condolences to the family. My heart goes out to all of you.

Lisa Sparkman Feb 15 2022 7:51 PM

The sweetest most loving person I've ever known. I will miss our daily talks. Until I see you again. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. I love you to eternity Chris my condolences to the family

Ronda Langford Feb 15 2022 3:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Richister

Melissa Holyfield Feb 15 2022 1:37 PM

Great friend I spent many years in close quarters with. There wasn't a more devoted friend. My heart breaks. Warmest thoughts go to his family at this time.

Tim Lacey Feb 15 2022 11:12 AM

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Jennifer Myers Feb 14 2022 9:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Richister

Jennifer Myers Feb 14 2022 8:59 PM

Butch, so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. Prayers for comfort in the days ahead.

Becky Williams Feb 14 2022 8:28 PM