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Harry Cleveland Rickard, 1907 - 1999

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  The Rev. Harry Cleveland Rickard was born September 22, 1907, in Rileyville, Virginia, the son of John E. and Jenny Ann Price Rickard. He died March 15, 1999.

  He was a graduate of Shepherd College, Duke University and the University of Virginia.

  His ministry began in 1933 at Churchville in the Baltimore South Conference. In 1939, he entered the Virginia Conference, serving the Gordonsville Charge. During World War II he served as a chaplain in the United States Army. His chaplaincy was from 1943 to 1963. Upon retirement from the Army, he served the Greenville-Mint Spring Charge.

  He was a Mason, a member of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United States Organization of Military Chaplains.

  The latter years of his retirement from the active ministry were spent in Strasburg, Virginia, where he and his wife, Reba, lived for nearly 15 years. They were active in Strasburg United Methodist Church, assisting the church pastor in numerous ways, visiting people in the congregation and community, and providing Christian help and counsel wherever needed.

  He is survived by his wife, Reba, who resides in Skyline Terrance Nursing Home, Woodstock, Virginia.

  What appropriate words can be said of this quiet, unassuming, dedicated Christian gentleman? These come to mind. "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord."

— Sarah P. Faulconer



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