Richard Henley Fox

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Richard Fox, 67, of Fairview went to be with the Lord following a truck accident on May 22, 2006. Mr. Fox was son of the late Harry W. and Lucille Fox. Mr. Fox was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jayne Fox, and a son, Ronnie Fox. Mr. Fox was formerly employed by Citizen Express for 26 years, Observer Transport of Charlotte for 19 years and was currently employed by Ingles. He was a lifelong trucker. Mr. Fox attended Bethany United Methodist Church, of Fairview. Mr. Fox is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Georgia; son, James Fox and his wife Melody, of Asheville; four sisters, Raye Bane and her husband R.F., of Zirconia, Phyllis Earley and her husband Frank, of Fairview, Betty Weiss and her husband Gordon, of Belton, TX, and Margret Prewett and her husband Lanny, of Monroe, GA; two brothers, Tommy and Billy Fox, of Fairview; and three grandchildren, Madlyn, Bailey, and Lauren Fox. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon Friday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel at Lake Julian. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Glenda Bramlet, speaker David Smith with Ingles, the Rev. Rick Phillips, and Evangelist Randy Bane. Interment will follow at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Serving as pallbearers will be: Mark and Joel Buckner, Ronnie and Michael Buckner, David Bane and Larry Frizsell. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Robert Fox, H.L. Tate, Van Draper, and Bobby and DeWayne Buchanan. Flowers will be appreciated, or donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Stanley Dotson, 1095 Brush Creek Circle, Fairview, NC, 28730.

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  1. To my family:
    These last two weeks have been very hard on my family. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, support and kind words. We will miss my brother very much. Please continue to pray for Georgia and James as the days get longer and harder for them. We all know that he is in heaven with other family members. I love you Richard.

  2. From my family:
    These last two weeks have been very hard on my family. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, support and kind words. We will miss my brother very much. Please continue to pray for Georgia and James as the days get longer and harder for them. We all know that he is in heaven with other family members. I love you Richard.

  3. Dear Aunt Georgia and the whole family, our prayers have and are still with each of you.Uncle Richard will be missed by many as a family member and a friend.One thing I do know is where he is and that he wouldn’t come back for nothing, but he is waiting for us.We’ll be there any time you need us just call,because family is one special thing we have on this side of heaven.I am honored to have been a part of his family and to have got to share a small part of spreading the Gospel with Him and the memories that will last forever.

  4. Georgia and Family,

    Please accept my condolences on Richard’s death. I remember him working for my Father, Wayne Alexander, at Citizen Express. He was a very good man.

    Gail Alexander LaBerge

  5. I really didn’t know Mr.Fox but I always got to say ‘hello’ to him on Saturday when he was coming in off his shift.He seemed to be a wonderful man, of which I regret to say I never really got to know! I just wanted you to know that my wife and I will be praying for you and may you draw strength from God during such a sad time. May God bless you and all your family.

    Charlie and Julie Buckner

  6. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family. I just thank the Lord that he was found as quickly as he was. As both of us being former drivers ourself, we know how easily these things can happen. We had already decided if he hadn’t been found by Sunday, we were going to go look with God as our guide, to find him, and bring closure to his family. May God comfort you during this heartbreaking time in your life. Our prayers are with you.

  7. I hope that you can all find comfort in the happy memories you share of Papaw Fox. Never forget the things he did to make you laugh or the special things you learned from him. He is now at peace and in a wonderful place. Love and Hugs to you all.

  8. Dear Georgia and James, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am praying for you all to get through such a difficult time.God Bless You.

  9. Georgia & family,
    Gene and I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find comfort in knowing friends are praying for you and wishing God’s blessing on all of you. Take care and May God Bless You and Your Family.
    Gene & Peggy Hoglen

  10. Georgia and James,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength and comfort.
    God Bless
    DeAnna & Gordon Ball

  11. We don’t know you, but we saw this on the news..
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family is this time of sorrow..

    May God give you strength to get through this..

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you

  12. Georgia,I don’t think you will remember me but my heart goes out to you as this will probably be one of the hardest thing you will ever have to go through.You’ll never be able to forget and you shouldn’t but time helps to heal all wounds.Always try to remember the good times and know someday you will be with Richard again. If I can ever do anything for you just have Billy give me a call.Once again I am so sorry for your loss. May GOD bless you and keep you close to Him.

  13. Dear Fox Family: I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Fox. You do not know me, but I have walked in your shoes recently. My husband, Martin David Fisher, JR.drove a flatbed and was killed in Burke Co. by a drunk driver several yrs. ago. He too, went down a ravine, with a load of 80thou lbs of flat steel and suffocated in 12 min, and was trapped inside his new Eagle for 10hrs before he could be freed. He was very much like Mr. Fox in his love for trucking. David’s company, US Trucking and Landstar had everyonelooking for Mr.Fox and send their condolences. Later, I would love to meet you or even hear from you via e-mail. Again, I am sorry and am thinking and praying for you. Dot Fisher

  14. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Blessings and peace, Betty Nelon Rhodes, formerly of Fairview

  15. To Georgia, James and all the Fox family
    You all know that we are there whenever you need us. Our prayers and support are with everyone today, tomorrow and in the future. I know each of you have found peace with God’s plan but I also know how terribly you will miss Uncle Richard just as we will. His life was a testimony to God. May we all remember what a great legacy he left us with and hope that gives our lives another solid step to follow in God’s journey for us all.
    We love you all.

  16. Jerry and I send our deepest sympathy to the family. He will live on the wonderfull memories that you have of him.

  17. james i talked to jeff and jim mom and dad and we all love you like your family. i know its tough right now but with gods strength and your faith youll be fine .were all here for you and your family. we love you brother god bless

  18. Being friends of Paula & Daryl’s, I have heard ‘great memories’ of good times spent with Aunt Georgia and Uncle ‘Honey’. I pray that these memories will help to ease you thru this heartache and loss. I know from the recent death of my Dad that prayer, family and friends will help carry you when you feel like there is no way to take another step or face another day. Keep your faith in God and he will guide you. Know that you are in many people’s thoughts and prayers during this time but the main thing is that you are in God’s hands. I just read something this morning that stated that we can not choose how or when we die, but we can choose how we will live. That thought has helped me today and I hope that it will you, too. God bless you and your family.

  19. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Richard will be dearly missed. We all have fond memories of him growing up and of the kindness and caring he showed to our family through the years.

    God Bless

  20. To Aunt Georgia, James and the rest of my family. We are SO sorry that we cannot be there but please know that we are there in spirit. We loved Uncle Richard! He was there everytime we needed him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. I know he is in heaven with grandma, pa, Ronnie and Jayne. Kyle and Kameron loved coming home to play in Uncle Richard’s barn and with the horses. They loved him and will miss him terribly. I can hear him say ‘hello bud’ to them. I know he is happy and smiling in heaven. It was God’s plan and there isn’t anything we could have done to prevent it. May God bless and keep you. We love and miss you all~

  21. we know you are with god now richard. iwould like to wish your family the best in these hard times.may god be with all of you. a very good old friend would like to say rest in piece my old friend. god bless. wm briggs

  22. We want to extend our deepest sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers. May the Lord help you through one of the most difficult times in your life. May God Bless You.

  23. Dear Georgia & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless, Clyde Wayne @ Christine Hensley

  24. May God be with your family during this time of sadness. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.


  26. We are very sorry for your lose and we know you are going to miss Richard very much. But we know he is with the Lord and that will give you comfort. love Lee Roy and Addie Lewis.

  27. I worked with Richard. He was a fine man who will be greatly missed by all of us. My prayers are with you and the family.

  28. Dear Melody & James,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Although I did not know your father, you have been in my prayers and close to my heart as I remember vividly the loss of my parents.

    If I can assist in any way, please call on me.



  29. Melody and Fox Family: I am sorry for your loss. You and the family are in my thoughs and prayers. Christy W.

  30. Sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you all in my Prayers.

    Robert Mershon
    Ingles Bakery Store#34

  31. Dear Georgia and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you in this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Rita

  32. To my sister whom I love dearly. We will always miss Rich. He was always there when you needed him. He never judged me. I,ll always remember trying to help him find a farrier for the horse. He is in heaven with all his friends and family. No more pain and sorrow for him.. I love you. Claire

  33. My husband is also employed as a truck driver at Ingles Warehouse and was unable to come to the funeral due to work. I just wanted to let the family know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I prayed for a safe return but we know that he is with the Lord now. God bless your family.

  34. James,
    I was sorry to hear about your father. I recently went through losing someone close. I know how you feel. You have alot of friends who are all thinking of you. God bless and know you are in our hearts.
    Sheila Pelle and family

  35. God’s blessings to all of your family at this time of grief. I have made many trips alongside Papaw and he was a good man. We pray for all of you for courage and strength.

  36. James, what does someone say at a time of such horrendous heartache? ‘We are sorry for your loss’ doesn’t even come close to the words we are trying to find to express our most deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dear friend, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope time will ease your pain and sadness.

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