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OBITUARY: Richard Wayne Lunceford

ROCKINGHAM — Richard Wayne Lunceford, 75, of Hamlet, went to his heavenly home on May 18, 2023 at his home.

He was born July 25, 1947 to Will JR Lunceford and Loletha Johnson Lunceford.

Richard graduated from Rockingham High School in 1965. He attended Richmond Technical Institute where he earned an Associate Degree in Auto Mechanic. Richard served the U.S. Army in Germany from 1968-1974.

Richard was a Christian and was an exemplary example of how to work hard, live kindly and serve God. He was a member of Tabernacle Church in Ghio, where he served as a certified lay speaker. Richard was a proud member of the Hamlet American Legion Post 49 and has served as the 16th district commander. He was also, a member of the Rockingham Masonic Lodge No. 495 and was Master of the Lodge 2004-2005.

Richard enjoyed watching NASCAR Racing, supporting his grandchildren at their 4-H goat shows or ball games. After retiring he enjoyed being a volunteer with Richmond County Hospice and the Meals on Wheels Program of Richmond County and going to the Hamlet Senior Center.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Will JR and Loletha Johnson Lunceford; and his in-laws, Calvin N. and Mary Alice Gibson.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Valeria Gibson Lunceford of 49 years; children, Hattie (Danny) Reep and William (Brandi) Lunceford; and grandchildren, Kristi, DeLani and Lexi Reep, Riley Mintz, Tobey Lunceford, Kolby Price and Dakoda Deaver. In addition, Richard is survived by his sister, Lisa (Eddie) West, sisters-in-law, Beth McQueen, Susan (Rev. Terry) Cornelius, Tracy Ezzell and brother-in-law, Randy Ezzell; along with his many nieces and nephews.

Richard is also survived by his special grandchildren, Morgan Rockwell Moneymaker, Natalee and Ona Jonas, Dixie Acron Black, Stephanie Crawford Waldo and Kamlyn Ledwell.


Funeral services will be held Monday, May 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry Cornelius and the Rev. Lisa Craver. Burial will follow at Richmond County Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 4-6 p.m.at Watson-King Funeral Home, Rockingham and at other times at his home 340 Old Gibson Road, Hamlet.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Tabernacle Church, P.O. Box 545, Hamlet, NC 28345; or Richmond County Hospice 1119 N U.S. Hwy 1, Rockingham, NC 23879.

Thank you to the staff of Richmond County Hospice for their excellent nursing services and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be made at watson-kingfuneralhome.com. Watson-king Funeral Home in Rockingham is serving the Lunceford family.

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