Rev. Roy Lee Rikard Sr.

Gastonia, North Carolina


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GASTONIA - Rev. Roy Lee Rikard Sr., 98, of 138 Cemetery Road, died March 14, 2008, at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia. He was born in Caldwell County, the son of the late Otto Rikard and Eve Rikard Canipe. He was husband of the late Nina Parks Rikard and Mabel P. Rikard. He was retired...

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Joanne and family,
Preacher Roy, next to my daddy, was probably the single most influential, old-fashioned, Bible preaching, Bible walking man I have ever had the privelege to know and love. My sympathies go with all of you and I will just bet you, that he and Tennie and Arvell Bryant are having the largest time, laughing and recalling the good ole days right about now. Much love to all of you.

Dear Joann and Doug,
My heartfelt sympathies go out to both of you. I didn't know Rev. Rikard but I heard much about him and his ministry. I am sure that your loss is heaven's gain. My prayers will be with you and your family. I love you both very much. You have been a blessing to Sean and me, and are very special to both of us.

Joann, Doug,
I cant imagine the homecomming that Preacher Rickard is having in heaven. Im sure Grandmaw(Parris) and my Mom (Guynell) are running the streets of gold with him now.Who would have ever thought that the little church they all formed so many years ago, could have touched so many lives. I Love you both and I am thinking of you.
Leigh Ann West (Guynell Penley's daughter and Myrtle Parris granddaugher)

My wife and I express our deepest sympathy to you, Jo Ann, and the rest of the family. One of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Pastor Roy as a friend, talk with him, and hear him preach. We have all been blessed by his life.

Joanne & Family
Preacher Roy was a dear friend to me and my family. I remember the
trip we took to the N. Assoc in St
Louis in 1966.
May God Bless

Joanne & Doug, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Your family means a lot to me.

I can hear Preacher Rikard saying to mother (Lanie Whitworth) "Hey Whitty! I've made it home too!! With his big smile. I was both baptized and saved under his ministry. I remember him babysitting me while Mother was in the Ladies Auxilary and he always had those pink, white, chocolate coconut candies to share. He so loved my family. We love you all.

Mrs. King, I want you to know that I love you and I'm thinking of you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Uncle Roy: I will always remember his warm smile, the song he had in his heart, and first and foremost, his love for our Saviour. May God wrap His loving arms around your family during this time.