WEST POINT – Richard Noel ""Richie"" Rape, 47, passed away on June 16, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 30, 1966, in West Point, the son of Richard Rape and the late Ida Bess Langford Rape. He worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for Clay County. He also worked at Artex in the Dye Department. He was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and he especially loved the Earnhardts. He married Brenda Carol Bateman Rape on July 16, 1988, in West Point.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Zane D. Parker II officiating. Burial will follow in Enon/Big Springs Cemetery near Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda C. Rape; one daughter, Chelsea Paige Rape; one son, Austin Cole Rape; and his father, Richard Rape, all of West Point. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Bess Langford Rape.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Wilkerson, Tyler Wilkerson, Ricky Gibson, Kris Keel and Little Buddy Bateman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sheila Doss, a special friend to Richie and his family, and the nurses and staff of Sanctuary Hospice House.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Enon/Big Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Margie Cartee, 10749 Highway 50 West, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.