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Richard “Dickie” Winton Kuykendall

Richard KuykendallRichard “Dickie” Winton Kuykendall, age 85, of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Tyler. He was born July 25, 1935 in Conroe, TX to parents, Herman Haynes Kuykendall and Evelyn Cosette Ricker Kuykendall. Richard moved to Lovelady in 1951, where he started school and met his wife and true love, Verna Helen Searcy and after graduating from Lovelady High School in 1955, he married Verna. They then moved to Houston the same year where they lived for 16 years. Richard worked for the Ada Oil Company for 10 years and developed his own business, Kuykendall Automotive Supplies. In 1971, they moved back to Lovelady, buying the Exxon Service Station in 1972 and in 1973 bought Austonio Stop in Austonio. Dickie and Verna operated the store for 42 years, before selling it in 2016. The last 5 years they were able to retire and enjoy their home of 43 years. Dickie was a deacon and member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and the word of God, also loved his wife, Verna and treated her like Christ loved the church. He loved his church family and had a highly active role at Antioch. One of the things that he always remarked was, there are 2 things that never change, “the word of God and my haircut.” He loved his family always wanting them close. Dickie loved to sing, was a horse person, enjoyed sports and loved his country, serving in the United States Army starting in 1958 in the armory division as a gunsmith.

Richard is survived by wife of 65 years, Verna Helen Searcy Kuykendall; sons, Jeffrey Kuykendall and wife, Cindy of College Station, Derek Kuykendall and wife, Chriss of Port Orchard, WA; daughter, Bonnie Kuykendall of Lovelady; grandchildren, Wesley Kuykendall and husband, Eddie, Adam Dillard and wife MaRee, Heather Marshall and husband, Reggie, Preston Dillard, Kristen Bitner and husband, Travis, Lauren McDonald and husband, Joseph, Allie Dillard, Rachel Gasway and husband, Jason, Ariana Bobbett and husband, Bryan, Joshua Kuykendall, Gabrielle Bradford and husband, Mason, Bethany Kuykendall; sisters, Eunice Rodgers of Huntsville, Barbara Kuykendall of Augusta, KS; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by parents, Herman & Cosette Kuykendall; brothers, George Kuykendall, Donnie Kuykendall; sisters, Shirley Lynn Kuykendall, Mary Beth Kuykendall.

A Celebration of Life for Richard “Dickie” Winton Kuykendall will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020 in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Jones officiating. Interment to follow at the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. prior to service. Online condolences may be made at


  1. Verna,
    Elizabeth and I are so sorry to hear of Dickie’s passing. We have no doubt where he will be spending Christmas this year. He will spend it with Jesus. I know from the conversations that I was privileged to have with him that Dickie will been spending this Christmas singing with the Angels. May God comfort you during this time. We love you.
    Paul and Elizabeth

  2. Mrs. Kuykendall,
    Jennifer and I are so saddened at your loss. I know he is smiling down on you from above. He is a great man and will truly be missed. We love you.

  3. Mrs. Kuykendall,

    So sorry and saddened to hear of Mr. Kuykendall’s passing. I also know he is in heaven singing with Jesus and many others ahead of him. He will always be your Angel looking over you. Prayers for God’s comfort for you and your family in the days and times ahead. I love you and your family. Love and Light, Connie LaRue

  4. Rest In Peace mr dick. Thank you for being so good to my family🙏🏻❤️


  6. Verna sending prayers and love. May God give you peace,comfort,and strength in the days ahead (Because He Lives) Love you

  7. Dear Aunt Verna,
    There are so very many good memories entwined with thoughts of you and Uncle Dick. Closer than most of my blood kin,you’ll always be loved as my relatives. I’m sending prayers and love your way.

  8. Dickie that smile will be missed by your many friends. We go back a long ways and always enjoyed our sports talks. Will be praying for your family.

  9. Dear Verna and Families,
    My heart was saddened as I learned of Dickie’s passing.
    Memories were relived as I remembered my days in Lovelady.
    Prayers of comfort knowing that he is resting peacefully and without
    pain. May your many memories bring smiles with your tears; as you
    celebrate his wonderful life.
    Hugs and prayers, Judy Mack

  10. We will always remember Uncle Dick for his kindness, humorous wit, and the way he ALWAYS made one feel good. We pray for Jesus’s comforting arms around you Aunt Verna and your family.

  11. Such a wonderful man it has been a privilege to have known you these past 30 years! Sending prayers up for your lovely wife & family. Rest In Peace ~

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