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Date published: 12/22/2013

Richie Cizik

Richard Ervin "Richie" Cizik Jr., a wonderfully bright, talented, sensitive and heartbreakingly sweet young man, died suddenly at home from an accidental drug overdose on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

He was the oldest son of two children by Rev. Richard Cizik and Virginia Cizik and older brother of John Cizik.

Richard graduated from Colonial Forge High School in 2009 and had studied writing at Germanna Community College, hoping to follow in his father's footsteps. He had worked very hard to overcome his dependency and was clean the past few months, exhibiting the enthusiasm and excitement of his "new life." Richard Jr. joined his dad at the White House holiday party on Tuesday and shook hands with President Obama.

Richard was gifted with a big smile, vibrant personality and a positive attitude that lifted people up. Standing tall at 6'7", he cared about people and had a sense of justice and compassion. He was warm, open and comfortable to be around. Everyone enjoyed his company and he in turn was always there for family and friends. His passions included skateboarding, fishing and music.

God called Richard home to heaven, but we will see him again and have him for eternity.

A viewing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Toby Larson, pastor of Celebration Anglican Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established to assist parents, families and churches to deal more openly with drug abuse and prevention. Gifts may be made to the "Richie Cizik Memorial Fund" at the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, 116 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or newevangelical partnership.org.

"I was so touched by what a kind, gentle sprit he had; someone who would not hurt anyone; someone who had so much love inside of him."

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.