Former Daily Journal publisher dies at 67

By Kevin Spradlin

Former Richmond County Daily Journal editor and publisher Rick Bacon passed away Thursday at Southeastern Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 67.

Rick Bacon

Rick Bacon

Bacon was promoted in August 2013 to regional business development manager and relocated from his Battley Dairy Road home in Hamlet┬áto Lumberton, where he controlled the sales side of the news business for Civitas Media’s Eastern Carolina Group of newspapers. Civitas Media, formerly Heartland Publications, is the parent company of the Daily Journal and more than 100 publications in the United States.

Bacon also served as community relations manager for The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton.

Bacon served as Daily Journal publisher from September 2003 to the time of his promotion 10 years later.

Prior to coming to working for Heartland Publications, Bacon spent 12 years in radio broadcasting, according to a Daily Journal report announcing his August 2013 promotion.

In Richmond County, he served on a number of community and business boards, including the Rockingham Rotary Club.

He was raised in Burnsville. He was married to Candy Bacon for more than 28 years. They have three adult children, Jon, Melody and Bryan and five grandchildren.

According to the Daily Journal’s August 2013 article, Bacon attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Mars Hill College. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

Service arrangements will be published as soon as they become available.



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