Tony Dale Rick

January 4, 1953August 5, 2018
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Tony Dale Rick, 65, of Clover, SC passed away unexpectedly on Sunday August 5, 2018. Tony was the Maintenance Supervisor at Morningside Assisted Living in Gastonia. Tony thoroughly enjoyed his work. He loved to help people. Tony will be remembered for cutting his neighbor’s grass or assembling their swing and refusing to be paid. Tony was a proud American serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. Tony also loved dogs. His family remembers his sense of humor and his full enjoyment of life. Tony was a wonderful brother, uncle and great-uncle. Tony will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Tony is the son of the late Guynell (Parris) and Fred Rick.

Tony is survived by his sisters; Lynn Lefler, Sherry Thomas and husband Carl and Leigh Ann Dreamer and brother Glenn Paul Rick. Grieving the loss of their uncle are nieces Heather Brackeen and husband Stephen and Hannah Haggard and husband Josh and nephew Carson Thomas. Also missing Tony are his great nieces and nephews; Naomi, Cameron, Noah, Pallin and Nathaniel.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M on Friday August 10, 2018 at Carothers Funeral Home Chapel, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM before the service. Pastor Stephen Brackeen will offer words of encouragement and hope to all those that gather to remember Tony. Burial with full military honors, accorded by the U.S. Air Force and the Gaston County Honor Guard, will follow in the garden of Four Seasons at Gaston Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Tony’s name to the Gaston Humane Society, 114 Sherrill Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.

The family of Tony Dale Rick has entrusted his care to the staff at the Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park. We are deeply honored.


  • Guynell (Parris) Rick, Mother
  • Fred Rick, Father
  • Lynn Lefler, Sister
  • Sherry Thomas and husband Carl, Sister
  • Leigh Ann Dreamer, Sister
  • Glenn Paul Rick, Brother
  • Heather Brackeen and husband Stephen, Niece
  • Hannah Haggard and husband Josh, Niece
  • Carson Thomas, Nephew
  • Missing Tony are his great nieces and nephews; Naomi, Cameron, Noah, Palin and Nathaniel.

  • Josh Haggard
  • Larry Rick
  • Larry Ensley
  • Al Michalax

  • Gaston Humane Society


  • Receiving of Friends Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Graveside and Committal Friday, August 10, 2018

Tony Dale Rick

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Leigh Dreamer

September 7, 2018

I still can’t believe your gone. I think about you every day. You were always my big brother and now your gone and my heart is breaking . I wish I could talk to you one more time . You weren’t supposed to go like you did . Please know that I love you so much and I will see you again one day .

Leigh Dreamer

August 15, 2018

To the outside world we all grow old, but not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each others hearts. We share private family jokes, we remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
Clara Ortega

My heart is breaking because you left us, we didn’t get to say goodbye. You were always my Big Brother and I loved you so much, until we meet again I will carry you in my heart for the rest of my life. I love you! Your Baby Sister.

Karen Johnson

August 8, 2018

Morningside of Gastonia

Karen Johnson

August 8, 2018

Morningside of Gastonia

Karen Johnson

August 8, 2018

Tony’s work family at Morningside of Gastonia!

Leslie Hudson-Craft

August 8, 2018

My memories of Tony make me smile, laugh out loud, and think "just what were we doing!!" Tony was a charismatic, sweet, loving, genuine person and he will be greatly missed. To his family at Morningside, and his family at home, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Howell

August 8, 2018

Tony was with the work cluster in our building (Morningside of Rock Hill) the Tuesday before his passing. He was such a good, kind gentleman. We always enjoyed having him here. Jay Clamp our Maint. Director worked closely with Tony and the work cluster. We are all like family and this is such a loss to all of the Morningside teams.