Richard Marvin Barentine

Mr. Richard Marvin Barentine, 74, of Winston-Salem, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was born February 25, 1944. Richard was a gracious southerner and world traveler. He will be inurned in Memphis at his mother’s feet.

15 Responses to “Richard Marvin Barentine

  • This morning while searching for a way to contact Rick, I learned of his passing. My condolences to Rick’s family and friends.

    Rick was indeed a gracious Southerner and gentleman. In 1975 when he was director of the Winston-Salem Convention & Visitors Bureau, he was the first to call and congratulate me when I was hired as director of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. He graciously offered to do anything he could do to help in the success of the bureau and me. During that time, Rick founded a group of NC convention and visitors bureau directors to work together for the benefit of all. He understood that we were all very poorly funded compared to our Southeastern competitors. He strongly encouraged us to work together for the benefit of all. Knowing that Asheville’s goal was city-wide conventions, he even shared the city-wide booking system that he had devised. Before the days of computers and social media, Rick Barentine was ingenious in finding ways to overcome the challenges we all faced in ensuring the success of our convention and visitors bureaus’ goals.

    In 1989 when Governor Martin appointed me as North Carolina’s travel and tourism director, Rick Barentine was one of the first people to call and congratulate me. During my tenure in that position, we periodically spoke about issues going on in our state. He wanted me to be aware of any issue that came to his attention in his travels around the state. That was simply the kind of gracious friend that he was to all who knew him.

    Rest In Peace, Rick. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for all that you did for my hometown of W-S, NC. Thank you for the way your life and career benefited State of North Carolina.

  • christine smith
    8 months ago

    Please accept our condolences. It is our hope that you receive comfort and peace from God. (2 Cor. 1: 3&4)

  • Greta Lint
    12 months ago

    Art, I have mis-placed your phone number and have wanted to call the past couple of years to see how Rick was doing. I have thought often about Rick’s stroke and your caregiving, as I assumed that role for my parents. I know the challenges. You are in my thoughts, my prayers – and I know that Rick is asking for the keys to the Pearly Gates so he can march forward and spread lots of cheer in Heaven.

    I met Rick when I was working at the NC Zoo and was thrilled to have him as chair of my tourism board in Lexington. I learned a lot from him, knowledge I often use on a daily basis. He was a great teacher, a strong mentor. We shared many common bonds in the tourism industry and the furniture industry, as I was from Conover and attended the furniture market when it was in Hickory.

    He was a treasure, helping people around the world. His wit, wisdom, charm, knowledge and talent touched many lives. I feel rewarded that we were friends for so many years. Along the way, I had the pleasure of meeting you, seeing your talents, hearing your humor and I’ll never forget that porch floor you painted in Lexington.

    May God comfort you and give you an incredible peace.

    Greta Lint, Asheboro

  • Stan & Diana Loop
    12 months ago

    Art: After reading your post on Facebook, I tried and tried to find your address to send a personal note. I didn’t want to do it on FB. Couldn’t find your address until someone suggested I “google” and write on the memorial page. Stan and I will always treasure the memory of you two on our Rick Steves trips. In fact, some of our best memories have you in them. We were so happy to be able to visit with you a few years ago and see your beautiful home and city.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    I want you to know how much I enjoyed know Rick and You at Centenary! I loved every morning when he would come in and greet me with his sweet kiss, it made my day!. I was lucky enough to enjoy working with him in my exercise class with Respite Care. One day we did the Cha Cha together both he and I laughed about going professional! I will always cherish the 2 pictures he made for me and the Bunny Rabbit!! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of his life. You are in my prayers. Hugggggs. <3

    Paige Morgan Foy
    Centenary United Methodist Church

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Rick was a lifesaver to me…optimistic, intelligent, and much more. We were a team at the W-S Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rest in Peace, Richard. Jane Doty Honeycutt

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    So sorry to hear about this Art. Rick will be remembered by a lot of people I am sure. Susan and I will always remember all of the moments we spent with him at Does Run – Dale and Susan Carroll

  • James Gledhill
    1 year ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy. I met him at RESPITE where I volunteer. He was funny, loving, and truly, a southern gentleman. I consider knowing him a great privilege in my life. He will be missed by many. He will love being home again in Memphis.

  • Jim and Toni White
    1 year ago

    Art, Toni and I saw the obituary and wanted you to know we are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking with Rick and hearing his stories seasoned with his special sense of humor. Rick was a “gentle man” with a loving manor about him. We count knowing Rick among our many blessings.

  • Gene Byrd
    1 year ago

    Art, there are no words to help assuage your loss. While we are relatively new friends on the mountain, please know how much we enjoyed our time with you and Rick. Leza and I look forward to seeing you again as your time and grief permit. With our thoughts and prayers
    Gene and Leza Byrd

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Art, We saw Rick’s obituary in the paper and wanted you to know we are so sorry for your loss.
    We remember Rick fondly telling his stories and his great smile.
    Toni and Jim White

  • Art and Alice Peters
    1 year ago

    Alice and I are thinking of you and sharing in your sorrow. While we did not have the opportunity to get to know you well before your move, we have fond memories of spending an evening with you and Rick, sipping wine and chatting, at Silas Ridge during the last Christmas you were here. Your loving devotion was evident that evening and whenever the two of you were able to attend our neighborhood socials.
    Lifting you in prayer,
    Art Peters

  • Nancy Gibson
    1 year ago

    I am so sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. I remember him fondly as we were neighbors at Silas Ridge.

  • R. Neal Fine, ASID
    1 year ago

    I knew Richard for many years. So very sorry. Wishing all peace and wonderful thoughts in remembering. Neal

  • My dearest Art, Our love and our hearts go out to you. You and Rick made the most wonderful couple. The two of you epitomize what a marriage should be. “For better or for worse, in sickness and in health”, you were there for it all. You will remember the especially good times and hold them in your heart forever. Rick knew and appreciated (for lack of a stronger word) just how much you did for him. He appreciated EVERY thing you did and he loved you with his whole heart, which was mighty big. Your touching tribute to Rick, was perfect; a “gracious southerner and world traveler.” Rick was a true Southern Gentleman who always got the most out of life. He had such joy and excitement for each and every event . As Rick sat quietly or as he joined in on conversations, Rick was smiling and observing constantly. He got more joy out of those events than those who were participating. He truly had a zest for life that could not be diminished. He could not have done that without you Art. You made sure Rick had everything he needed and you put his needs before your own. Rick understood what you were doing and he loved you so much for that, among other things. It is hard to imagine two people who were more suited for each other than you and and Rick. As Rick always said ….as he put his hands together in a symbol of gratitude, “He takes care of me.” We will greatly miss Rick Barentine and we will always be here for you any time you need us, and even when you don’t. Heaven gained one precious soul and you have a very special angel watching over you constantly, smiling down on you. Rick will be missed and he will always be remembered with his gorgeous smile. Much love to you from our entire family~ Joe, Susan, Buxton, Hurst, Susan Barker and Hill Fowler

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