<strong>Oak Hill\u00a0<\/strong>- Richard Wadsworth, 72, died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at Cabell Huntington Hospital as the result of a stroke.\r\n\r\nHe was the son of Ruth Olvey Wadsworth Murphy and the late Lawrence Wadsworth.\r\n\r\nHe was preceded in death by a son, Robin Wadsworth; two daughters, Amy Wadsworth and Jane Wadsworth; a brother, John Wadsworth; and his stepfather, David Murphy.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his mother, Ruth Murphy of Lewisburg; his daughter, Kate Wadsworth and husband Brad Moon of Lafayette, LA; his grandson of the heart, Emilio Dalporto of Oak Hill; his dearest friend and companion, Laura Spadaro, also of Oak Hill; sisters, Kathryn Wadsworth and husband David Deardorff of Port Townsend, WA, Sarah Wadsworth and partner Kieth Cales of Sandstone, Lauren Wadsworth and husband Jeff Kessler of Lewisburg; nieces, Deya Terrafranca, Annie Terrafranca, Mary Wadsworth, Tara Wadsworth and fianc\u00e9 Ryan O\u2019Connor; nephews, Nicholas Terrafranca and wife Karen Gondoly, Tony Terrafranca and wife Mary Grace Legg, Patrick Fern, Sam Kessler, Jules Kessler, John Wadsworth and partner Whitney Wease; and one beloved great-niece, Meryl Wadsworth.\r\n\r\nRaised in Washington, DC, Rick moved to southern West Virginia from Marin County, California, with his daughter Amy in 1988. From an early age he had passion for social justice and workers\u2019 rights. He was a current board member and treasurer of the Southern Appalachian Labor School in Fayette County. Prior to that he was a community organizer and AmeriCorps member with SALS. Because he was extremely well informed and had significant insight into national political and social developments he had a regular slot on the monthly board agenda to present a political perspective. For the past several years he was a regular substitute teacher in the Fayette County Schools. He was an unconventional person who bravely lived as he chose and was always true to himself while allowing others the same freedom.\r\n\r\nThe family will welcome friends for a pot luck gathering at Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Southern Appalachian Labor School (http:\/\/sals.info) or West Virginia Citizen Action Group (https:\/\/wvcag.org).\r\n\r\nInformation provided by Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home, Oak Hill.