November 1, 1942 - February 5, 2020 Mr. Hearne Franklin "Rick" Rickard II, 77, resident of Kannapolis, passed from death to life eternal Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. A funeral service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church in Kannapolis. Dr. Tom Cabaniss will officiate. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park Mausoleum in Kannapolis. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 to 2:30 p.m., prior to the service. Rick was born Nov. 1, 1942, to the late Hearne F. Rickard and Ava Cook Rickard. He attended A.L. Brown HIgh School, graduating in 1960. He attended Appalachian State University for two years prior to attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1966. He was an officer in Phi Delta Chi fraternity. After graduation, Rick served as a pharmacist at Martin Drug Company and Jackson Park Pharmacy, both in Kannapolis. He bought Martin Drug Company in 1971 and worked there until his retirement in 2010. His customers admired his compassion, patience, and concern for their care. In addition to his work as a pharmacist, Rick served in many capacities in the churches he attended during his lifetime, including St. John's Reformed, North Kannapolis United Methodist, and First Baptist. His enjoyment of music began in childhood as a member of the Kannapolis Boys Choir. He sang in the chorale at ASU, the UNC Glee Club, all three church choirs and the Rowan County Community Chorus. Rick was a nature enthusiast, and enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, and bird watching. He was an amater photographer, and also enjoyed traveling across the country to natural and historical sites. He was a former member of the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Kannapolis Planning Board. Rick is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Danita Brigman Rickard; daughter, Amy Rickard of Chapel Hill; son, Alex Rickard and wife, Mari Rickard, of Fuquay-Varina; granddaughters, Liana and Kiersten; and nephew, Casey Rickard of Kannapolis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Arnold Rickard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 101 N. Main St., Kannapolis, NC 28081; The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606; or the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, 301 Pharmacy Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7355. Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Rickard. Lady's Funeral Home www.ladysfuneralhome.com
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