Jack Richard Blalock
December 28, 1956 - December 20, 2023

Jack Richard “Ricky” Blalock will be remembered as a compassionate funeral director, a talented musician, and a devoted family man. His quick wit and infectious laughter will forever echo in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.

Ricky, also known as the wittiest funeral director in town, has taken his final bow at the age of 66. Born on December 28, 1956, in Sanford, NC, Ricky lived a life full of laughter, love, and an undeniable passion for funeral service.

In his youth, Ricky proudly served his community as an Eagle Scout. He regaled many stories of his time as a Scout and the ethics it instilled in him.

Ricky’s journey in the world of funerals began at a young age when he started washing cars at the local funeral home in Apex, NC. Little did he know that this humble beginning would pave the way for an illustrious career in the industry. Graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1977, Ricky’s dedication and attention to detail set him apart from the rest.

But Ricky was much more than just a funeral director. When he wasn’t helping families through their darkest times, he could be found enjoying the sun, sand, and surf at the beach. As a talented drummer in the band “Sunshine Alley,” Ricky brought rhythm and joy to the hearts of many. And let’s not forget his love for the open road, riding his Harley alongside his adoring wife and friends.

In 2015, Ricky and his beloved wife, Suzie, decided to make the move to N. Myrtle Beach, SC, where he continued his career and touched even more lives with his compassionate nature and quick wit.

Ricky leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Suzie Blalock, and their children Sabrina Abraham (Brad), Eric Blalock (Julie), Nick Blalock, and stepdaughter Amy Critzer (Tim). Ricky’s sisters, Brenda Sears (Alan) and Janice Nevarra(Danny), will forever hold his memory close to their hearts. His best friend of 25 years, Rob Akers, will miss their countless adventures and inside jokes.

The impact Ricky had on his grandchildren Shane and Brent Critzer, Kayla and Natalie Abraham, Landon, Colton, and Elise Blalock, as well as his great-grandchildren Everleigh, Mason, and Luna Critzer, is immeasurable. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and their families who will remember his infectious laughter and playful spirit.

A celebration of Ricky’s life will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 11 am at New Hill Baptist Church, 3700 Old US 1 Highway, New Hill, NC 27562. Let’s gather to honor his memory, share stories that will make us laugh and cry, and celebrate the incredible man Ricky was.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Ricky’s name to a charity of your choice. Ricky believed in making a difference, and this is a beautiful way to honor his legacy.

As we say our goodbyes to Ricky, let us remember the joy he brought to our lives and the memories that will forever remain in our hearts. The world may be a little less witty without him, but heaven just gained its funniest funeral director.

Rest easy, Ricky. May your journey be filled with eternal laughter and peaceful serenity.

Please take a moment to leave Ricky’s family with a condolence or fond memory.


  • Debra Tingen Posted December 22, 2023 5:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Ricky always left a smile on your face. I am sadden to learn that he had been sick. Suzie you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Julia Ashworth Posted December 22, 2023 6:57 pm

    Ricky was our rock through our hardest times ! We all loved his humor and the way he could make you smile even at our hardest times ! Ricky made us all feel like we were family!! We will miss him and his wonderful view on life!! I love you Suzy and Janice I’m squeezing you tight with a big hug and love!! Sending prayers to the whole family!

  • Kelvin F. Lewis Posted December 22, 2023 7:27 pm

    Condolences to the family, and staff of Coastal Cremations.

  • Tammy Strouth Posted December 22, 2023 9:02 pm

    I can not say enough how very sorry I am for your loss Ricky was one of a kind a very special man he never met a stranger Heaven has definitely gained a very special angel I love the whole family you are all on my prayers

  • Calvin Royal Posted December 22, 2023 9:29 pm

    Lo e and condolences from the Royal family. ❤️

  • Evon A Ward Posted December 23, 2023 7:20 am

    Ricky was a very charismatic guy with an extra large funny bone. Even though on earth our cheeks are stained with tears of sadness at his passing, I hope you find comfort in knowing cheeks in heaven are stained with tears of joy and happiness at his arrival. May God bless you and your family with a peaceful heart and happy memories during this sad time.

  • Scott and Sarah Sykes Posted December 23, 2023 8:55 am

    Scott and I had the great honor of working with Ricky! He was a good fella! I will forever cherish the sound of his laugh! Suzie, prayers to you and the entire family! May God bring comfort to you all!

  • Leanne Groce Posted December 23, 2023 11:13 am

    I work with Rob. I have heard many great stories of Ricky and Suzie. Susie and the family are in my prayers.

  • Kathy Levesque Massey Posted December 23, 2023 10:10 pm

    Oh, Suzie. I am truly heartbroken about Ricky’s passing. Please know that I will be thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. Ricky will always be remembered for his quick-wit, sense of humor, fun-loving nature, and his big, wonderful smile. I have many fond memories from a time long ago, and although it has been many years since I have seen you both, you have never been forgotten. Too, I know how the love story began, and I have no doubt that you will forever miss your “buddy”. Peace and love to you.

  • Steven Hollander Posted December 26, 2023 1:53 pm

    I so much enjoyed having the honor of performing in Sunshine Alley with Ricky. I will never forget our time in Osceola studio working on Jojo Hammonds CD. Rest in peace my dear Friend.

  • ellen a robinson Posted December 28, 2023 3:47 pm

    Suzie and family, I was so sorry to hear about Ricky’s passing. Ricky was one of those people who come into your life and you are all the better for it. Ricky loved Suzie , his family and Miss Molly. He was such a blessing to me during the most difficult times in my life and I have so much respect and appreciation for him as my friend. Ricky was charismatic, goofy and could make you laugh any time to brighten your day. He shared with me his love for the funeral service industry he dedicated his life too and his love for the many families he had to honor of serving. Prayers of comfort for his family. “See you at the house my friend”.

  • Obit Editor Posted December 29, 2023 11:31 am

    What a wonderful man and a loss to our profession. Many prayers and love to you Suzie and your family.

  • Stanley Wood Posted January 3, 2024 9:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Ricky. I fondly remember our laughing and joking at Suggs. Suzie, I’m keeping y’all in my thoughts and prayers.

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