Richard Wayne Lancaster (aka Rick or Ricky), born Aug. 30, 1954, died in a tragic accident Aug. 1, 2014. Rick was born in Port St. Joe, FL to Richard and Myra Lancaster. He was preceded in death by his daddy, Richard Lancaster, and his wife, Fleeca Thomas Lancaster.
He leaves behind to miss him, his mother, Myra Lancaster of Port St. Joe, FL, his brother, Jimmy Lancaster and his family of Panama City, FL and his sister, Gail Jones of Weaverville, NC and her family. Also left behind to mourn is his soul mate of several years, Vickie Trickey of Howard Creek, FL and her family. There are, in addition, left behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from every walk of life to remember his love and cherish his memories.
Rick was a Christian man, affiliated with Howard Creek Baptist Church and a man who loved deeply. He was a fisherman whom began his fishing career at 17 years of age with Raffield Fisheries. His first years on a boat were spent with Captain Harold, where in Rick's words "he learned the best basics of commercial fishing a man could ever hope for." Within a few years Raffields promoted him to Captain of "Fisherman's Pride" where he served for 20 plus years. During those years he was heard to say many times that he had the best job in the world when he went under the Highland View Bridge. He later worked a few years as Captain of the "Salty". His most recent time was spent making and repairing nets. This was a skill he had learned as a young man and apparently was very good at. Many thanks to Raffield Fisheries for having given him the job at a young age and becoming his family away from home.
There was a visitation time with the family 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Port St. Joe followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. EST. Presiding was pastor of the church, Rev. Bruce Hodge, Rev. Buddy Caswell and his friend and mentor, Rev. Henry Hester.
Asked to serve as pallbearers are Rick Lamberson, Mark Lyle, Leo Kennedy, Randy Phillips, Danny Raffield, Randy Raffield, and as honorary pallbearers, Harold Raffield, Robert Raffield, Ronnie Raffield, Eugene Raffield, Joey Raffield, Skipper Drew, and Jeff Ursery. Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery. From his family - Rick had been on kidney dialysis for almost 3 years. It changed his life considerably but he was never despondent or down trodden. Be encouraged one and all, no matter what life hands you. Trust the Lord, work hard, and enjoy the good life you have. That is what he called his life. Thanks to all of you, family, friends, and health care workers, who made this possible. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
Southerland Family Funeral Home
100 East 19th Street
Panama City, FL 32405