A Life Lived: Rick Culler was tops in making sales and customers
Rick Culler, who was an electrician-salesman for Cline-Holder for the past 15 years, not only worked at making sales, but making customers. He was not only good at making sales, but enjoyed helping his customers with their electrical needs and questions as he was a licensed electrician.
Prior to working at Cline-Holder, Rick had worked as a journeyman electrician for several years at Paty Lumber Co. “He could build perfect panel boxes…when he did something, it was done right,” his wife, Robin, said.
One customer on the funeral home guest book site wrote: “He was so helpful to me when I came into Cline-Holder…I got so much help from Rick when I didn’t know what materials I needed for a job. He was definitely one of the good ones.”
Another guest book entry said: “I talked with Rick every day for the 13 years that I worked with TIP Corp. as a customer service rep and he at Cline-Holder. He always made my day and kept me laughing.”
Richard Eugene “Rick” Culler died Nov. 9 at the age of 59.
He had a special knack for making friends and endearing himself to others. He had a kind word and a big smile for everyone. “He was one of those guys who would do anything to help someone. If you had him as a friend, you had a friend for life. He would give you the shirt off his back,” said his wife.
“He loved his customers and he loved his family,” said Robin. He was especially proud of his daughter, Dr. Heather Culler, a pharmacist in Abingdon, Va. “He beamed when he talked about her,” said Robin.
When Rick wasn’t selling electrical goods and helping customers at Cline-Holder, he enjoyed working in his garage at home and on cars. “He was a Camaro guy and at the time of his death was restoring a 1969 Camaro, that he had when we were dating,” Robin shared.
And, of course, Rick was a NASCAR fan and not too long ago got to participate in the NASCAR Experience. He got to ride shotgun with a professional race car driver for 32 minutes around the track. “It was an experience that he talked about for days,” said Robin.
Rick also enjoyed attending the car shows downtown on summer Saturdays and talking “cars’ with friends.
Rick was faithful to his church at Sinking Creek Baptist Church. “He was a man of great faith, who believed God had a purpose in everything. When he got sick we could feel God’s arms around us. It was only a God thing, and we take comfort in knowing that today Rick is with his heavenly father,” said Robin.
“He was so giving to his family, his friends, customers, and church family. Giving was so much of what he was about,” said Robin.
Winston Churchill is credited with saying “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Rick Culler may not have had a lot of material things in this life, but he had what mattered — faith, family, and friends.