Lavonda Rector Rickman

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Lavonda Rector Rickman, 34, formerly of Asheville, died Sunday, June 17, 2001 in Commerce, GA. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Hermon H. and Shirley Brown Rector. She attended Asheville High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is survived by a daughter, Brittany Cole Rickman of Charleston, SC; maternal grandmother, Essie Brown of Weaverville, sisters and brother-in-laws, Sharon and David Brookshire, Regina and Ronnie Brown, Tina Rector, Susie and Walter Dove all of Asheville, Marina and Daryl Howard of Virginia Beach, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Hermon H. and Selina Rector Jr. of Asheville; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Revs. David Brookshire and Walter Dove Sr. will officiate with burial following in Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends 6-9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Western Carolina Rescue Mission, 225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. We did not know that morning, that God would call your name. In life we loved you dearly, and in death it’s still the same. It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day that God called you home. Even though our chain is broken and nothing seems the same; someday God will call us home, and the chain will link together again.

  2. Lavonda,
    Its me Candace and I was just thinking about things and all the things that I miss. I have been doing alot of thinking lately, and worrying I guess. I am getting ready to have my first baby in May of 2004 and I am so excited and so sared at the sametime. I know you will be watching over me and my baby. I just wanted you to know that I love you and miss you very much. I will see you again one day.

    Love you


  4. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. We never know why these things happen but we have the assurance that we will see them again some day.
    You will be in my prayers.

  5. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Look on High for strength during this very difficult time.

  6. My prays are with you all. Just remember she’s with Jesus now.No more worries’ cares or pain.Justlove, He Love and peace.Otis 645-1322
    Think of you all,
    Tammy Owen & Otis Ledford

  7. LV was a light in many of our lives, and I am deeply saddened to see it extinguished at her young age. Her friends will remember her smile and her laugh, and pray that she has found peace. I just wish we all could have sung together one last time.

  8. LaVonda and her love will be greatly missed…

    ‘She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that’s best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
    Thus mellow’d to that tender light
    Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.’
    -Lord Byron

  9. I didn’t know LaVonda really well, but she did something for me once that I will never forget. She was kind to me when no one else that was there was. She made me feel welcome. For that, I have always been grateful and I hope she knew that. I will miss her laughter and her beautiful face.
    Love and Prayers.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends. We are Marina & Daryl Howard’s aunt and uncle.

  11. what the heart has seen, it can see again in memory. Memories are gifts left to us by our loved ones.’

    with deepest sympathy….

  12. Dear Shirley and Hermon,

    We are so sorry to hear about Lavonda. Losing a child is so difficult. We are just not ready for that ever. We just think that we as parents should go first, we guess.

    We remember Lavonda as a little girl and her sweet smile.

    Please know that we are praying for all of you that God will give you an extra measure of grace during this difficult time.

    Much love,

    Trudy and Henry

  13. I am so very sorry for Your Loss. The Flowers were Beautiful.My Husband was Lavonda’s friend. Our Prayers are with each and Everyone of You.

  14. We worked with Lavonda in Asheville. Don Clayton is my Step-Dad. Please, accept Our Sympathies to All Family Members.Our Prayers will remain with You.

  15. The love and laughter Lavonda so generously shared will always be remembered…She holds a special place in my heart…Love and Prayers to all whose hearts she touched

  16. I worked with Lavonda for a short time while
    she lived in Commerce, Ga.
    I just wanted to let the family know they are in
    my thoughts and prayers during thier time of need.
    Lavonda was a very sweet girl. The smile on her
    face…the sparkle in her eyes will linger on in
    my mind. She will be sadly missed.
    God be with you always…

    Sincerely, Renee Clark

  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will continue to remember everyone during this difficult time.

  18. We both deeply regret the loss of Lavonda. We remember her sitting on the Porch at Granny Brown’s eating melons and laughing with her sisters! She was precious with her playful smile and deep colored eyes. She will be missed by the whole family.

    May the Lord comfort you in his grace with an abundant measure. May he keep you close at his side and send you peace and rest as you grieve the passing of your Daughter and beloved sister.

  19. Lavonda was my cousin and although it had been years since I last saw her, I remember her as being very beautiful and sweet to me. She will stay in my memories as just that. My condolences to everyone in her family.

  20. I am a friend of Betty Blankenship. We know she is rejoicing with the Lord and dancing on streets of gold.My prayer is that Lord You comfort this family and be their peace that passes all understanding; Marsha Kumar

  21. I did not know Lavonda but her aunt, Betty Blankenship and her daughters, Cenia and Crestia are friends of mine. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. God bless and comfort you.

  22. I remember Lavonda from High School. She was a very sweet and fun-loving person. I am sure the memory of those characteristics will help you all ( her family) through such a difficult time.

  23. lavonda you will be dearly missed. i will always remember your laughter and smiles, your funny personality that you brought to me. love tonya

  24. Just yesterday morning they let me know that you were gone. Seems the plans they made put an end to you. I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song. I just can’t remember who to send it to. I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. Seen sunny days that would never end. Seen lonely times when I couldn’t find a friend. But I always thought I would see you again.’

    ‘Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven. Would it be the same, if I saw you in heaven. I must be strong and carry on, cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven…No more tears in heaven.’

    Aunt Bon Bon I will miss you until I see you again. We all miss you.

  25. lavonda, i have thought of you so often. i miss you so, but i know we will see each other again someday. the laughs and the tears we shared, the phone calls in the wee hours of the morning. what i wouldn’t give for just one more call to hear your voice, but someday we’ll be together to talk all we want to. i miss you so. love regina

  26. This is my beautiful aunt and i miss her so much. Will always have her in my prayers.

    love you your niece

  27. Aunt Bon Bon, I miss you so much. Your in my thought everyday. I dream of you often. I have a baby now, a son. You would have loved him he is so great! His name is Christian Anthony. I wish you could have met him. You always told me that just wait Laura one day you will find that one special person, well you were right I did and he is the love of my life, his name is Franklin. You would like him he is great! I just wanted to tell you that you were right. All my dreams did come true. I love you anut Bon Bon. Happy Birthday.

  28. I miss you so much. When I think about you I remember all the fun times we had, and can’t help but smile. You are in my thoughts everyday, and I will miss you until I see you again. I love you. Marci

  29. Lavonda was sunshine on a cloudy day.I loved her very much and I am so sorry that I couldn’t save her from herself. We miss you and wish we could see you just one more time.
    Your missed everyday. I tell others about you in hopes of helping just one kid make good descisions. See you on the other side.

  30. Aunt Bon Bon its me Laura, I have thought of you often. We all miss you so much. I wish you were here with us I have 3 babies now! I have christian 7, Lily 4 and Seth 10 months. I have told them all about you. I just wish they could have been blessed to have you in their lives as I was growing up. We had such good times! I love and miss you!

  31. It’s been nine year since you’ve been gone. You are still missed very much.. I know you are in Heaven waiting on us.. I love you..

  32. I miss you so much Mom. I wish you were here to see me today. I hope you are flying high on your angel wings. I love you.

  33. Today I think of you and want to be sad but instead I stop and laugh remembering all the good times we had. Thank you for the happy memories that I will always cherish. I love you.

  34. Dear lavonda you were so beautiful I am glad that I had u as a role model and an extra mom in my life for those few short years I wish I could have seen u one more time before u were gone I always had fun being with u I loved the way u use to do my hair and makeup u could always make me smile even when I was crying u were the best aunt I could ever have had and u were so good to people I think about u everyday and I know u and my grandma are up in heaven smiling and laughing together y’all are my guardian Angels I love and miss u so much I will see u again one day Rest in Peace I love u!!:’)

  35. It’s been awhile since I’ve talked to you. Boy does time pass so fast. It’s been a tough 5 years. I wish you were here to talk to. I miss you so much…
    Momma & Daddy aren’t doing well. It breaks my heart to see them this way. I have so much guilt that I havent spent much time with them. We have the BEST parents that anyone ask for. Alot of people can’t say that about their parents. No matter what we did they loved us unconditionally without judgment. We have been blessed beyond what this world could offer materially.
    Not many have blessed the way we are. Nobody can take that away from us.
    Being waiting on all of. We will all be together again.
    I love you.

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