Richard Burlin Jewell

richard jewell

October 14, 1947 ~ June 5, 2023

Born in: Du Bois, PA
Resided in: Whispering Pines, NC

Richard B. Jewell, age 75, of Whispering Pines, NC died Monday, June 5, 2023 at his home.

A native of DuBois, PA he was the son of the late Burlin and Esther Jewell. Richard joined the US Army in 1969 and served in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. He graduated from Sandhills Community College and West Virginia University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Richard was an engineer specializing in energy management and during his career worked with Phillips 66 Pipeline, ConocoPhillips and Koch Industries. He retired in 2009 and moved to Moore County, NC in 2011. While living in Moore County Richard volunteered his time and energy serving fallen servicemen and women through the Patriot Guard Riders where he served as State Captain for several years.

Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years Lara Black Jewell; daughters Lesley Jewell of Oak Island, NC; Gretchen Jewell and husband Patrick Ferries of Summerfield, NC; son Patrick Jewell and wife Heather of Sand Springs, OK; brother-in-law Bob Morse of DuBois, PA; and five grandchildren: Hadley, Ace, Aubry, Presley and Rhett. He was preceded in death by his sister Joyce Morse and survived by his Patriot Guard Brothers and Sisters.

The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC on Sunday, June 11 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Following the visitation the family will process with a Patriot Guard Riders escort to West End Cemetery for a graveside service with military honors at 2:30 pm.

Memorials may be made to NC Patriot Guard Riders at


Visitation: June 11, 2023 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Graveside Service: June 11, 2023 2:30 pm

West End Cemetery
445 Knox Lane
West End, NC 27376

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  1. A dear friend, a Vietnam brother, a PGR mentor, a gentleman to all a family man who will be missed by many, go rest high on that mountain. We will be along shortly God be with his family .

  2. My sincere condolences to the entire Jewell family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and I will continue to carry this with you all.

  3. We am so sorry for your loss, Lara. You have been a loving, caring, and strong soulmate, and servant and we pray you will have peace. We know you are very sad and we pray for God’s Grace and blessings for all of you. Much love, Paul and Linda Briggs

  4. Prayers & strength to all Richard has left behind. We will miss Richard, he has done so much to serve and honor those before him. Rest easy now.

  5. Family Jewells, Lara, Patrick, Gretchen, Leslie, our hearts go out to all of you in your loss. We both so remember the Richard who was so fun, a great friend, dancer, and wild motor cycle driver. He worried the heck out of me with his motor cycle, but he loved his adventure. I know to he love his family and you Lara. Life creates so many challenges of all of us, and all of you have met them full force. I know you all had many close calls with Richards medical challenges, and met them head on for many years. Seeing so many of you are in NC I know your family is close and that to is Richard. I wish I could be there for the memorial, but it is impossible so will be there in spirit and love. Betty and Mike Sammer

  6. Dear Lara and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Richard especially Mike. They were true brothers in arms. You all are definitely part of our family,and our love and prayers are with you always .

  7. Lara and Family,

    Jon and I were shocked to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a great friend even though we lived
    far apart. Just know our hearts are low this morning. Please take care. Sending our Love.

    Julie and Jon

  8. Dear Lara and family, our condolences, love and prayers with you and the Jewell family. Richard will be missed by all of us and his memory will be eternal. Love you all. Samir and Vicki Gharfeh.

  9. I will be there in spirit with the family tomorrow. I truly love and cherish the friendship and the adventures we shared for many, many years. My life and the world was a better place with Richard in it.

  10. Lara and family, Jay and I were so sorry to hear this news and wish we could have been there today. I only met Richard a few times but I honestly enjoyed every moment I spent in his company. He was warm, friendly, and fun to talk to. I still remember how he talked me into joining a jam session at a party you threw some years back–he was a good musician too! I know he will be missed by many; may happy memories be a comfort to you all.

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