Richard A. Yancey VALDESE Mr. Richard Allen Yancey, Sr., 64, of Valdese, went to be with his heavenly Father Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, after a period of declining health. "He gave it a hard fight." Mr. Yancey was born Aug. 9, 1948, in Burke County, a son of the late Ralph and Connie Burns Yancey. He was a graduate of Valdese High School and Western Piedmont Community College, with a degree in criminal justice. He retired from the NC State Dept. of Correction, Western Youth Institute, after 30 years of service. Richard was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War a member and Past Master of the Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge # 217 Morganton, a duel member of Lovelady Masonic Lodge 670, Valdese, the Oasis Shrine Temple and the East Burke Shrine Club. He attended Bollinger's Chapel United Methodist Church and enjoyed working with and viewing classic cars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Yancey. He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Bradshaw and husband, Joe, of Valdese; son, Richard Allen Yancey, Jr., of Drexel; his lifelong companion, Linda Kiddy, of Valdese; three brothers, Jimmy Yancey (Carolyn), of Connelly Springs, Gary Yancey (Ann), of Morganton, and Jerry Yancey (Lynn), of Newton; two sisters, Sue Dula (Steward), of Granite Falls and Norma Kiser (Paul), of Connelly Springs. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Ella and Jonah Bradshaw, Christain Sizemore, Richard Allen Yancey, III, and Kelsey Stump; a number of nieces and nephews; and his feline friend Snow Ball. Funeral services for Richard Allen Yancey, Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with the Rev. Ronnie LeFevers officiating. Interment with Military Honors and Masonic Rites will follow in the Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Memorials may be made to Bollinger's Chapel United Methodist Church, 505 Lail Dr. SE., Valdese, NC 28690 or Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565-2758 A guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices. com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the Yancey family.
Published in The News Herald on September 13, 2012