Ricky joined many of his family and friends in heaven on November 29, 2020. He was 53 years old. Ricky was born on a cold, snowy morning on February 9, 1967 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Since Ricky’s dad was a North Carolina Highway Patrolman, the first few years of his life he lived in Charlotte, Raleigh, Gaston County, and finally in Greensboro. He attended school at Vandalia Elementary, J.C. Price Traditional School, Allen Middle School, Dudley High, and graduated from Southeast Guilford High School in 1986.
Ricky made a profession of faith at 10 years of age. He was baptized at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church by Pastor Ralph Webb. He enjoyed coming back to be with his mom and visit with special friends at his home church.
At a young age Ricky was an avid sports fan and participant. He played baseball, football, and basketball in several recreational leagues in the city. Ricky’s two teams have always been the NC State Wolfpack and the Washington Redskins. He made many lifelong friends in the sports arena. He especially loved his trips to FedEx Field with his sister, Jennifer, who is also a die-hard Redskins fan.
Ricky enjoyed all kinds of music. He attended several concerts starring his favorite bands…KISS and GUNS AND ROSES. Ricky played the drums and marched with his sister in the Carolina Lady Bugs and Conquistadors Drum and Baton Corps. They traveled around the state marching in parades and performing in competitions. Marching in the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee was a highlight. In high school Ricky was a proud member of the distinguished Dudley High School Drum Line.
After high school, Ricky spent his career working in construction. He worked with his dad at Kilborn Konstruction Kompany in Pamlico County and later in Greensboro at Boiler Masters and Oxendine Roofing. Ricky was a hard worker and his outstanding work ethic was evident to everyone.
Ricky loved people, animals, funny movies, the weather channel, and the Andy Griffith show. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. Ricky was a tough guy, yet a very compassionate, giving, and loving person. He thrived on helping others. As an organ donor he extended 2 lives when he passsed away. Both of his kidneys were giving to waiting recipients.
Ricky was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Edna Kilborn; his maternal grandparents, Earl and Thelma Lasyone, and John and Mary Key.
Survivors to cherish his memory include: parents, Jerry Richard Kilborn, Sr., Joyce and Bobby Key; son, Richard Long (Ashlyn); daughter, Leeanna Long Hill (Marco); sisters, Jennifer Kilborn Smith (David), Krystol Key Burns, and Meisha Key; brother, Bobby Key, Jr.; nieces, Hailey Sprinkles, Kenzie, Shelby, and Gracie Smith; nephew, Noah Burns; aunt, Janice Harris; uncles Rodney and Kyle Kilborn; and special friend Johnna Linnens. Ricky is also survived by seven grandchildren, a great nephew and several cousins.
A Celebration of Life for Ricky will be held at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church on January 9, 2021 at 12 noon. Family visitation will be from 11-11; 45 before the service. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.
His ashes will be buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New Bern alongside his paternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, send us love and prayers. Donations in Ricky’s memory may be sent to his home church: Rocky Knoll Baptist Church, 501 Kirkland Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
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