Richard Louis "Dickie" Southerland




Holly-Springs – Richard Louis “Dickie” Southerland, 72, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, after a short battle with bone cancer.

Richard was the youngest of five children born to William Kearney and Rosa Mae Stokes Southerland, October 25, 1945 in Henderson, Vance County, NC. Growing up in Henderson, he graduated from Henderson High School in 1964 and furthered his education at Hardbarger Business College.

He began working for CP&L in 1966 and enjoyed a 35 year career as a truck driver for the General Warehouse and Materials Management Division hauling supplies to other locations for the company. Because he enjoyed driving, he and his wife then took a part-time driving position with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, moving cars to various locations in the region.

Richard and his wife enjoyed traveling in their RV along with members of the NC Chapter 70 Holiday Rambler RV Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, William and Macy; and his sister, Jewel Orr.

Richard and his wife were long time and active members of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina, NC. They were also active members on the Board of Directors of Command Evangelism and participated in evangelistic work with Rev. C. Paul Jones.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ernestine Jones Southerland; his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Laura Southerland of Middlesex, NC; his sister-in-law, Nancy Jones Godwin of Holly Springs; and also by several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the family, the community, the church and friends and neighbors who provide prayers and support to Richard and Ernestine over the past several months.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Piney Grove Baptist Church, 3217 Piney Grove-Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC. A visitation will be from 12:30p.m. to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Piney Grove Baptist Church or Command Evangelism, c/o C. Paul Jones, 1427 Stone Lion Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, or Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.