Chief Richard Haithcock was not just a relative but he was a friend.
We called him Rick, with that great, big smile that warmed your heart. We were connected through our family line by two names, George and Boyd. He had my two other family names connected to his tribe, Cannon and Valentine. He wanted to feature them in his geneology book He wanted photos of my family for his books. I didn’t get it to him in time and that is a huge regret for me. Our families oral culture matched. Also, the towns where my family members lived connected with him.
The passing of this man is very personal to me and my family. He met many of them through the pow-wows in Clarksville, VA and our campouts on our ancestral land and water at Lake Gaston. We were together at the Monocan pow-wow one year, unplanned but definitely a great time. He was a wealth of information about our people. He was a joy to know and an inspiration. My family and I will miss our cousin Rick. We know that he is in a better place where we will hug and laugh once again!
The man and your work are an invaluable path back into Saponi history. The legacy you left could not have been duplicated. We owe endless gratitude to your dedicated efforts to give us this treasure.
Thank you Rick, and thank you to Debbie for being his helpmate!