Richard Ray "Dickie" Mount, 78, a lifelong resident of Grove, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Dick was born on Dec. 30, 1948 to John and Myrtle (Snider) Mount in Grove.

He graduated from Grove High School in 1958 and remained a loyal Ridgerunner fan.

On July 12, 1974, he married Becky Burgess in Miami. Dick was a heavy machine operator and owned and operated Mount Construction Company for many years.

Dick was passionate about guns, the outdoors and horses. He began riding horses as a child and a horse was his only means of transportation for many years.

After suffering injuries from being thrown from a horse, he quickly corrected the nurse that asked him how he “fell” off his horse.

He said “Lady, I have NEVER fallen off a horse in my life. I have been THROWN off a few times, but never did I FALL off.”

Dick was also a team and calf roper and enjoyed competing, he was a natural. Dick excelled in almost everything he did.

Breeding, raising and training bird dogs was one of his passions and he was proud of the fact that many of his dogs were champions and won field trials all over the United States.

Always a quail hunter, later in life he acquired a love for deer hunting. This past deer season, in his own words “this was the best time I’ve ever had” when “getting the big one” a 14-point buck.

Dick will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and the fact that he said truthfully whatever was on his mind. He treasured his family and friends and was proud of their many accomplishments.

Dick’s love for the Lord was evident in all his dealings and he was an active member of the Crosswired Cowboy Church, Grove. 

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and only sister, Sue Ann Mount Pritchard, and Patsy Hitcher.

Those left to carry on his legacy include his wife, Becky of the home; three children: Lisa Mount-West and husband, Joey of Grove, Melani Mount-Graham and husband, Joe of Jay, and Justin Mount and wife, Kristi of Welch, and nine precious grandchildren.

Always special in Dick’s heart, his sister’s children, Ricky Pritchard and Tammy Pritchard Thompson, Dick will forever be mourned by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends. He loved them unconditionally and with all of his heart.

Visitation took place on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Nichols Funeral Chapel, Grove.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, at Grove's First Baptist Church with Pastor Russell Brisco officiating.

Those serving as pallbearers include Jack Seabourn, David Mount, Hoss Nuckolls, Jack LeBow, Dylan Graham and Joe D. Seabourn. Honorary pallbearers include Otis McChristian, Joe T. Seabourn, Jack Padgett, Stan Amos, Craig Eubanks, Marvin Herman, Jerry Gault, Steve Serage, Sam Morgan and Larry Asbill. Interment follows at Olympus Cemetery, Grove. 

Memorials, to remember Dick, may be made to Crosswired Cowboy Church directly, or through the funeral home. Arrangements were under the direction of Nichols Funeral & Cremation Services of Grove.

Dick may be remembered with gifts to the Crosswired Cowboy Church, directly or through the funeral home.