Samuel “Richard” Schulman, age 87, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away at home on Friday, August 25th. A beloved father and husband, Richard’s life was full of a deep love for his family and an unshakeable belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Richard was born on September 4, 1935, in Dothan, Alabama, to Sam and Luverne Schulman.
He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-six years Ouida Schulman; his children, Mona Meadows (Ron), Melisa Schulman, Kay Phillips (Drew), Shatisa Pierce (Richard), Machelle Kennedy, Dewayne Kennedy (Carleen), and Melanie Popwell (Sammy). He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Richard was a well-known fixture in the community. He began working at Malone Motor Company, what would eventually become Bondy’s Ford, when he was just eighteen. After many years at Bondy’s as the parts dept. manager, he went to work at Medford Lincoln Mercury for the remainder of his career. In total, he worked for the Ford Motor Company for over fifty years. He believed in serving his community and his family. He served his community in the Air National Guard, he served Calvary Baptist Church as a deacon, and he served his family as a fierce provider, husband, and father.
Richard had a dry, witty personality and a great sense of humor. He loved to tell old fishing stories or funny little Dad jokes. He was full of one-liners. You couldn’t go anywhere with him without his meeting a new friend. He never met a stranger. He’d spark up a conversation with just about anyone he ran into. If you went out with him, everyone knew him. He was always talking to an old friend or a customer.
To know him was to love him, and our whole family is left with a permanent void. But we take comfort in the fact that we know he is spending eternity in heaven.