Richard Norton Bacon

LUMBERTON — Richard Norton Bacon (Rick) of Lumberton has left the building. His friends will tell you he's in a better place. The rest will say they can smell the Bacon burning. He is stress-free and at peace.

The curtain came down on Thursday night at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Candace Smith Bacon. He is also survived by his son Jonathan Bacon and wife Beth of High Point; daughter Melody Kearse of Rock Hill, S.C., and son Bryan Kearse and wife Liz of Raleigh. Five grandchildren made his life better with their visits.

Rick loved dogs. Trixie, Richie, James Brown Beans and Mr. Woo were the last in a long line of hairy hogs that shared his bed and his affection.

He was born in Auburn, N.Y., July 16, 1947, the son of the late Elizabeth Dunster Bacon and Frederick Neil Bacon. He was also predeceased by a brother, Ted.

He drifted south from upstate New York in 1962 to the mountains of North Carolina, where he graduated without honors in the class of '65 at East Yancey High School. After one undistinguished year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Rick enlisted in the United States Air Force. He became a Morse intercept operator and spent two and a half years overseas in Turkey and Italy.

After another failed college attempt at Mars Hill College, Rick got his start in media at WKYK radio in Burnsville, N.C. From radio it was on to newspaper, where Rick spent 26 years publishing newspapers, moving from state-to-state looking for a town that would keep him. From Spruce Pine, N.C. to Barnwell, S.C. to Lake City, Fla., he survived buying a Buick LeSabre (the official car of geezers) and a heart attack that convinced him it was time to leave Florida unless he wanted to die young. He headed back to North Carolina to live and work in Rockingham and Lumberton, where he had a good life.

Rick was a Rotarian for over 25 years. He served as president of the Rockingham Rotary Club in 2012-13 and was proud of the work that Rotary did in the community and around the world. He was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.

In March of 2014, Rick was diagnosed with lung cancer. He celebrated with yet another trip to a Cincinnati Reds game. If you knew Rick, you knew that he was a loyal Reds fan since the late '50s without ever living a day in Ohio. He often said, "There's no explaining taste."

Cremation will take place at the family's convenience and his ashes will be kept in an urn, passed from family member to family member until no one can remember what's in the jar.

Everyone who remembers Rick is asked to celebrate his life in their own way; telling a 'He wasn't so bad' or 'What an ass' story of their choosing. Boiled shrimp and a beverage of your choice should be part of any celebration.

Instead of flowers, Rick would hope that you will do an unexpected act of kindness for some less fortunate soul. Rick liked to buy food for the car behind him in the drive-thru lane, or a meal for a military couple (if he could do it without them knowing who paid). That's a lot cheaper than flowers.

A memorial luncheon in Rick's honor will be held at Pier 41 in Lumberton on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pier 41 Seafood. Adult beverages will follow at widow Candy's house on Camellia Lane. To the crooks reading this: We left an armed guard and the four killer dogs home from the luncheon. If you come to steal, they will hurt you.​

Published by Richmond County Daily Journal from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014.
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Another year...2020 has been a year to forget...still missing you but not your are in a better place. I know you will find this amusing....self-cleaned the oven in your honor today.....toasty...LOL! Take care My Love...Your Lovely Bride
Candy Bacon
August 7, 2020
That was a lovely, humourus read Richard...
dave cecile
July 4, 2018
Great obit. Love the very last part to the crooks. Very nice and simple for everyone. Including a gathering for those who want it. Very classy IMO. Sometimes less is more. God be with you & may he help you through your difficult times. God bless.
Nikki Ortega
May 10, 2018
So many beautiful comments are listed here. This man truly left a mark on many hearts. These make me think of Eccl.7:1 where it says that ones death is better than his birth, because one has made a name for himself. Rick so evidently did! Not with just those around him but also now, after his death, with those such as myself who didn't personally know him. Most importantly, though, he has made a name for himself with our loving heavenly father, the giver of all good gifts and the source of all life. Surely his life will be restored as Jesus promised at John 5:28. I so look forward to knowing him then.
May 9, 2017
It hurts to lose such a wonderful person. Please take comfort from Jesus' words at John 11:24, 25. I know it brings me comfort. I truly hopes it helps you too!
August 5, 2016
God Bless Mr. Bacon! Thanks for sharing his memory.
April 30, 2015
This was funny and nice. My condolences to his widow.
January 31, 2015
A life well-lived. An obituary worthy of an award!
January 6, 2015
Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories. May the God of all comfort be with you during this time of grief. May all the fond memories of Rick stay close to your heart.
September 25, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss, I did not know this man or his family but after reading his story I wish I had, he as well as his family have beautiful hearts and souls. I am sure he is looking down from heaven laughing and healthy with a warm smile sending you all his love. I can tell you all loved each other beyond words and he left wonderful memories to hold on to until you reunite in heaven. God bless you all
Mildred Pulley
September 9, 2014
Beautiful & loving! Rest in peace Mr. Bacon!!!
Wendy (Reno, NV)
Wendy Smith
August 30, 2014
Didn't know him but wish I had . God speed
August 20, 2014
rick made everything fun..his radio career remembered when he announced the possum was painted on the yellow line and slopes open on bolens again..thanxxxxxxxxxx
faye presnell
August 17, 2014
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Peace be with the family. I remember him for Church in Burnsville NC.
Violet Jackson
August 16, 2014
i have no idea who Rick is or was and this is the first time ive ever heard his name. If he were anything like i imagine after reading his obituary, it is safe to say the world has lost an amazing individual. rest in peace.
ray carpenter
August 15, 2014
Never met the man. Obviously my life is poorer for it. Pat and I send our sincere condolences.
Pat & CB Greenwood
August 15, 2014
Rick and I had one thing in common that stood out....our bluntness, which made for some interesting conversations! He was a true "wordsmith". Rest easy Rick.
Marc Baysek
August 14, 2014
I was married to Rick's brother, Ted, who also passed well before his time. I remarked at the time how much I would miss Ted's irreverent humor. To which Rick promised that he had me covered! I guess he did - to his last word. I imagine Rick and Ted enjoying a hearty repartee again just like they used to.
Norma Watenpaugh
August 14, 2014
Candy, I don't know if you remember me. Our family and church family knew Rick many years ago, here in Burnsville. :) I still remember his smile and how he always made us laugh. He was dear to us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Belinda (Hensley) Buchanan
August 13, 2014
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing.. The obit was so Rick, Knew him from Burnsville and what a joy it was knowing him...
Micki Hoilman
August 12, 2014
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments. Yes....he did write his own obituary months ago anticipating using it years from now. Everyone knows he always wanted to have the last word! The kids, grandkids and I are OK....but the four puppies really miss their Daddy. Love to all.....Candy (the Lovely Bride).
Candy Bacon
August 12, 2014
How can one be saddened when a man is remembered by everyone this way...what an obit!...Peace to the family and let the party begin in Heaven!
Joe Jenkins
August 12, 2014
Good-bye, Rick. One newspaperman to another. You will be missed.
Andy Owens
August 11, 2014
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. We were good buds back at East Yancey.
Jerry Ayers
August 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to Rick's Family and HIS LOVELY BRIDE (as Rick always referred to Candy). This man was ONE OF A KIND!!! He will never be forgotten.
Mary Hayes -Richmond Co. Daily Journal
Mary Hayes
August 11, 2014
I worked for Rick at the People Sentinel my last two years of college and he was always quick to put things in perspective for the younger generation. When I would tell him that so and so wasn't fair...he would look me in the eye and say "Fair is what happens in Columbia in October." I love that one and use it a lot. He is truly the best boss I ever had. Prayers for the family and especially Mrs. Candy...I have thought of you guys a lot over the years and hate I will never hear that booming radio voice again.
Amie Steen Sanders
August 11, 2014
Rick Bacon will not be forgotten in Spruce Pine, especially by the Wiser Group alumni. Rest in peace friend.
Danny Burleson
August 11, 2014
May the Lord bless you and keep you, Right Rev. Dr. Rick. Thanks for everything!
Shawn Lewis
August 11, 2014
Keep them laughing in Heaven.. We will miss you.
Brenda Van Deusen
August 11, 2014
My friend, my mentor, my equilibrium ... You made this world better by having laughed with you.
Jennifer Roberts
August 11, 2014
Rick and I always had lively conversations about an array of topics. I missed seeing him when he moved to Lumberton. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and the entire Bacon family.
lois jones
August 11, 2014
I am so sad, I am laughing my butt off. Thanks to this. That man, that man, that man. He was a friend, mentor, buddy, pal.. Prayers for him.
Stephen Guilfoyle
August 11, 2014
A true friend to make us laugh even now.
Stacy Jensen
August 11, 2014
Jon,Beth and entire Bacon family, our condolences to you. If there is anything that we can do, don't hesitate to ask. We love you.
Susie Tugman
August 10, 2014
Sending all of my love to the family, especially my Sweet Melly (Melody).
Beth Langley
August 10, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Glenn, Tracy, and Kelly Hamilton
Tracy Hamilton
August 10, 2014
That's classic Rick. Candy, my heart goes out to you. We are all fortunate there was only one; I don't think we could have handled another.
Tom Ten Broeck
August 10, 2014
I remember the day I walked into Ricks office after he had scolded me for something of little significance. I think it was simply because he was stressed but I was young and dumb and scared to death of him. I was also super pissed, so I marched into his office and told him that not even my daddy talked to me that way. I then proceeded to walk away.. and to show I meant business, I slammed the door on my way out. All afternoon I was so afraid that I'd lost my job, but what I did was gained his respect. He and I never had another issue and I used to look forward to him coming back to visit Barnwell when he covered the Masters. He never let me forget the time I stood up to him and we laughed about it for years after the fact. I lost touch with Rick over the years but I have never forgotten the impact he had on my life. He always believed in me and he was always brutally honest. I am left wishing I had stayed in touch and left wondering if he would be proud of the person I have become. I'll be seeing you, dear friend.
Jessica Thomas
August 10, 2014
I will miss my friend MR.BACON, he was always nice to me and we worked well together.never dreamed he was sick,as we had talked a number of times this year.could have been a comedian,bet he's telling Jesus about using good englais.he will be greatly missed.
Terry Ward
August 10, 2014
Rick wrote this didn't he? Amazing man who stood by my side through hell and back! He will be greatly missed!
Jamie Moss
Jamie Moss
August 10, 2014
August 10, 2014
R.I.P. Mr. Rick.. You definitely will be missed. .
Sher'rie, Bootsie & the kids
August 10, 2014
So very sorry to hear of your loss. What a character! So very glad I had the chance to know him.
Linda McFarling
August 10, 2014
Rick was the MAN! I will miss our talks between curmudgeons. Funny to the end. Heaven is funnier now.
Vic Gardner
August 9, 2014
I'm betting he is in a much better place ... Rick was a kind and generous soul who did his best to hide these traits whenever possible. His heart was bigger than his personality, if you can imagine that! Rest in peace my friend...
Rachel Hoskins
August 9, 2014
Candy and family. Pat, Anna and I are thinking of you. We are so sad to hear about losing Rick. He was one of a kind, a genuine fella and a good friend. I posted information about his passing on the Yancey Times Journal Facebook page and it there have been many comments. If you are on Facebook and would like to see these at some point, just send a friend request.
Jody Higgins
August 9, 2014
Rick was such a nice person and I enjoyed talking with him,He was a great gift to Rockingham and worked very hard to support his and Candys local gifts of time to issues that they supported. We will certainly will miss him and Candy, who was devoted to animal issues, she did a great job at the
animal shelter.
August 9, 2014
Am so sorry for your lost. It was a honor to meet you and him Candice. If I can do anything for you please let me know. Nancy Bullard, Hamlet NC
Nancy Bullard
August 9, 2014
To the Bacon family. Rick was a very good friend of mine and a former classmate. Anywhere you went and mentioned Rick Bacon they all knew him. Haven't seen him since he left the radio station and went to Spruce Pine and done the newspaper. Will miss his honary and snide remarks. This is speaking in a good way. He was always full of fun and laughs. God bless his family.
Margie Dulaney
August 9, 2014
Rick was such a wonderful man. I remember him covering our basketball games the years I played...always had an encouraging word. I am so sorry for your loss.
Chris Deyton Biggerstaff
August 9, 2014
Rest in peace Rick. You will be missed and thought of frequently. Your friend, Al Grimsley.
Al Grimsley
August 9, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you, family. Rick will be missed by so many. I knew him years ago in Burnsville. That is the coolest obituary ever!
Betty McGalliard
August 9, 2014
Greatly enjoyed knowing Rick during his years in Burnsville, NC. To his family...I am so sorry for your loss and send you my warmest regards.
Joy Boothe
August 9, 2014
I worked with Rick for several years. He was one hell of a guy and I always appreciated his honesty. He loved Candy, he always used to tell me how couldn't someone love Candy Bacon!! She was his everything and he was also so proud of her. Rick will be missed and was loved by many, even if he didn't think so or feel the same of them. A great man.
Penny Nelson
August 9, 2014
I never worked with Rick at the Daily Journal, I worked there when he was probably in one of his journeys or transistions...but I am so sorry I didn't get to meet him. What a guy! Love his obit, sounds like he had his life in good order. My condolence to all of his family. I think you were the lucky ones to have had him in your lives. Rest in peace Rick.
Elaine Morgan
August 9, 2014
Pure unadulterated Bacon style. My heart hurts less knowing he died in his sleep (or so I understand). Rick would never have wanted to live a life where he could not control, order, joke or eat as he pleased. A much more storied career than his obituary admits, Rick was a valuable asset to all companies employing him. Rest well; enjoy your afterlife as you did your life on earth.
Karen Anderson
August 8, 2014
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