January 13, 2022, 76, Mount Olive –
Richard Bruce McLawhon, 76, resident of Mount Olive, passed away Thursday evening, January 13, 2022 while a patient at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Rick was born in Wayne County and he was the ninth of ten children born to parents, Mark Howard McLawhon and Augusta Dixon McLawhon. He had been employed at Cherry Hospital in its finance department prior to his becoming executive director of Eastern Carolina Regional Housing Authority in Goldsboro from which he ultimately retired.
The McLawhon family will receive friends at Tyndall Funeral Home on Monday, January 17, from 6 until 8 p.m., and at other times at the residence. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 18, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Jeff Dail, with burial following in Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation HELP, 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. ,Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835 in consideration of Rick’s affliction with this disease.
Rick is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith McLawhon, of the home; five children, Lisa Fuetterer and husband, Pat, of Clearwater, Fla., Mark Howard McLawhon and wife, Rose, of Naples, Italy; Tonya Pike Carter and husband, Ralph, of Mount Olive, Nikki McLawhon Kovach of Wendell, and Brandon McLawhon and wife, Jessica, of North Haven, Conn.; a brother, Billy Ray McLawhon and wife, Kay, of Goldsboro; and beloved grandchildren, Ryan Fuetterer and wife, Stephanie, Sean Fuetterer, Anastasia McLawhon, Skylar Raynor, Kinsee Wise, Kylee Wise, Logan Patin, Silas Kovach, Addi Kovach, and Jack Nolan McLawhon; the families of his late brothers and sisters; and many other extended family members.
A son-in-law, Rob Kovach, preceded him in death.
The McLawhon family kindly requests that those attending either of these events please wear a facial mask and please use responsible measures to ensure their own safety and that of those around them. This family knows that Covid is for real and because of what they have experienced, they plead with others to be extremely cautious.