Suddreth, Richard Dean

December 23, 1937 - July 20, 2020

Richard Dean Suddreth of Quinlan, TX, age 82, died peacefully in Plano, TX on July 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving sons.

Richard was born Dec. 23, 1937 in Hudson, NC, to Claude H. Suddreth and Bessie Sullivan. He was a proud veteran of the Navy and Naval Reserves. Richard retired as a maintenance supervisor for the City of Dallas after 30 years. He was an accomplished bluegrass musician having played in many successful groups over many decades. His favorite instruments played include mandolin, guitar, banjo, and bass and could be heard playing for churches he attended. Perhaps his greatest legacy is passing on his passion for music to his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his sons Dave and Tracy Suddreth of Hanover, PA, Tim Suddreth of Hutchins, TX, and Steve and Laurie Suddreth of Cypress, TX, sister Delora and Thomas Garner of Wilmington, NC, grandchildren Brandon Suddreth of Charleston, SC, Andie and Kyle Nester of Ickesburg, PA, Justin Suddreth of Knoxville, TN, Kelly and Ben Tigyer of Shippensburgh, PA, Matt Suddreth of Virginia Beach, VA, Zach Suddreth of Farmville, VA, Stephanie Suddreth of Cypress, TX, and Kevin Suddreth of Cypress, TX, great grandchildren Olivia Suddreth of Norwich, CT, David Suddreth of Dallas, TX, Johnathan Suddreth of Dallas, TX, and Everly Tigyer of Shippensburgh, PA, mother-in-law Barbara King of Quinlan, TX, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his first wife of 31 years Joyce Gurley Bradford, his second wife of 19 years Helen King, parents Claude Suddreth and Bessie Sullivan Bentley, brother Claude H. Suddreth Jr., and sisters Miriam Ammons, Kathy Heaton, and Betty Ann Braun.

The family would like to thank the staff at LifeCare Hospital of Plano. There will be no memorial service.


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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

7 replies on “Suddreth, Richard Dean”

Amy Davies says:

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Steve says:

You’ll forever be missed until we meet again…

Ralph Wadasworth says:

RIP Richard Suddreth, my long-time next door neighbor and good musician friend. Praying for your family and friends.

Dave says:

Say hello to Christy and when I get there, lets play guitars again and go hunting for squirrels again. I miss that so much. Rest well Dad, until I get there and then we can go hunting. I love you so much


Richard was an A#1 Musician and recorded with our group,The Shady Grove Ramblers!
Very “witty” and fun to pick and sing with he was a singer who was able to harmonize any part needed!
He will be sorely missed by many!!
God has an excellent new member in Heaven!
God bless his family!
Tom and Anne Uhr + Loyd Hinch

Braeden Paul says:

I unfortunately just learned about Richard’s passing a few minutes ago. I started playing mandolin when I was 15 and just a few years later wound up in a local band called Blackland Grass. Richard was our bass player. I consider him one of my biggest mentors from around that time period. He really taught me what my job as the mandolin player was within the band context. I’ll never forget his wisdom, friendship and obviously his first rate musicianship. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Robert Paul says:

Richard always treated me and my son well. It was an honor to get to play and sing with him.

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