March 14, 1939 ~ May 14, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Floyd W. Rickard, 81, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

A native of Buncombe Co., Floyd was a son of the late Thomas Howard and Lona Burleson Rickard. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Marie Rickard; and brothers, James, Earl and Wade Rickard.

Mr. Rickard proudly served his country for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter before retiring in 1980 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He returned to Buncombe County and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 23 years, mainly at the counter at the Biltmore Post Office. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and the Leicester VFD.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie McMahan; son, Tommy Rickard; sister, Betty Jean DeHart; grandchildren, Billy Adams (Christi), Mason Rickard, and Cullen Gossett (Tonya); and great-grandchildren, Cayden and Bella Grace Adams.

The funeral service for Mr. Rickard will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. Pastor Bobby Smith will officiate and the U.S. Air Force will perform military honors. Private interment will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Attendance for all events will be limited to 50 individuals and a mask/facial covering is suggested.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leicester Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 100, Leicester, North Carolina 28748.

Mr. Rickard’s service will be broadcast live at 10:00 a.m. Thursday and can be accessed at Facebook.com/GroceFH, or on YouTube on the Groce Funeral Home channel or by searching for “Floyd Rickard May 21, 2020”.

Services

Visitation: May 20, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: May 21, 2020 10:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Debbie and Tommy – I just saw this and wanted you to know my heart goes out to your families. Please know I have you in my prayers during such a hard time.

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  2. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. I will always remember working with him at the Post Office. The first day I saw him there I said hello and called him Floyd. I immediately got corrected by the others that he was “Rick”. He was very well respected there.

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  3. Good Neighbor, Awesome friend, Great father, Loving Husband, Go With peace My friend, rest in the grace of God.

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  4. Tommy, Debbie, and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. So sorry to hear of Floyds passing.

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  5. Your uncle Wade talk about his brother alot to me. It was like I already knew him. I would talk to him on the phone alot and really injoy every minute of it. Prayers for you and the family. He will be miss .

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  6. Floyd was such a good man. Will always be grateful for the love and tender care he gave to my sister. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family. He loved them dearly. But I am rejoicing that he is with Marie now. I know they both are happy.

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  7. I worked with him at the mail processing center on Brevard Road. He was my supervisor at one time. He was good to work with and to work for. My prayers are with the family.

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  8. Debbie & Tommy, So sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing. I know you will miss him dearly as you have your mom. Now they are together again forever. My love to you both.

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  9. Floyd was at the Biltmore Station when I took a job there many years ago. I have nothing but fond memories of Floyd. I was just talking about him last week with a co-worker. I told myself I needed to try to find his number and see how he and his family were. I was heartbroken when I saw his obituary. Some of our customers still ask about Floyd even though he retired several years ago. I still use a recipe he brought me from Marie a long time ago for a spicy black bean dip that is frequently requested by family and friends. I am truly sorry for your loss. Floyd always spoke lovingly of his family. I am sure he was a wonderful husband, father and especially grandfather. Just a great man all the way around.

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