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Bill Ricketts

August 7, 1961November 9, 2020
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Bill Ricketts

Celebration of Life Service for William “Bill” Craig Ricketts, 59, are set for 2:00 pm. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 to service time at Memorial Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be in place. There will be a live stream of Mr. Ricketts service on Memorial Funeral Home's Facebook page.

Bill died November 9, 2020 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born August 7, 1961 in Lawton, OK to William and Frankie Ricketts. He was a 1979 graduate of Alcorn Central High School. He attended Northeast MS Community College where he received his RN degree. For the past 26 years, he worked at NMMC in Tupelo, MS. Most recently, he worked at MS Care Center. Bill was a member of Holly Baptist Church. He was an avid motorcycle rider known as “Rodekill” to his fellow bikers. He rode with the Southern Cruisers and the Patriot Guard. His heart was with the SSG Seth Ricketts Memorial Ride, a memorial event for his son who was killed in action serving in the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. The event raises money for the Fisher House. Bill was always willing to help those in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his 7 grandsons (or “grandawesomes,” as he often called them).

He was preceded in death by his son, SSG Seth Ricketts; and his mother, Frankie Ricketts.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandi Hearne Ricketts; father, William Ricketts; daughter, Tiffany Graham (Brett); son, Ben Ricketts (Hannah); brother, Todd Ricketts (Gina); sister, Robin London(Tommy); grandsons Aiden, Cullen, Seth Wesson, Reegan, Emerson, Jackson, Connor; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be the local biker clubs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SSG Seth Ricketts Memorial c/o Sandi Ricketts, 44 CR 716 Corinth, MS 38834.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Ricketts family.

Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.

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Billy /Patricia McNair

November 15, 2020

The McNair family: Billy, Patricia, Mike, Keith, Vicky, Bret and Nikki , wish to offer our condolences. Know that our prayers for that peace that passes understanding is with you during this time of grief.

Susan Namer

November 12, 2020

This is Susan, Boyd Franks sister. I am so sorry to hear about Bill. I have always loved your family and have very fond memories of when we were children. As you probably know, my Mom is also at MSCC and has also been fighting Covid-19 for 3 weeks. I know you're fighting too!I send my love from the Franks family. I'm so sorry.

Stephanie Voyles

November 11, 2020

My heart breaks for the Ricketts family. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill at MSCC of Alcorn county. He was one of those folks that when you met them you feel like you’ve known them all your life. He had a presence that was undeniable. Such a sweet and kind spirit and soul. Sure wished I could’ve known him longer. Reckon he was just too good for this ole world. Jesus needed his Son to come home. Sending lots prayers to his family . May God give you all strength and peace.

Phil Wammack

November 11, 2020

Though I didn't know Bill well, I was privileged to talk with him on two occasions when he came to be interviewed at WXRZ radio station. I gained a great respect for a man who had lost his son Seth, but used that loss to help others. Of course we also talked about his son Ben who I knew well, having taught Ben at Glen Elementary for several years.
Ben, my prayers are with you and all of your family during this time of loss.

Tim Marlar

November 11, 2020

I always looked to Bill on rides as that smile was always there. He was a good man and made you feel that you were always a friend. RIP Bill, you'll be missed.

Kimberly Carter

November 11, 2020

Mr Bill was a very godly man
He would do anything for anyone
He will be missed
He is now with Seth and his mom

Stephanie "Rolo" Middleton

November 10, 2020

Bill was truly one of the good guys. He believed in his God, his country and his family. He always had a helping hand with a giving heart. His presence and wonderful light will certainly be missed. All love and thoughts are with you, his loving family.

Wayne Vandiver

November 10, 2020

I just want Tiffany and Bill's whole family to know how sorry I am that he passed away. I did not know Bill well, but what I did experience was a guy full of fun and love for Jesus! I am praying for all of you and trust the Lord to see you through because of his grace that is so sufficient.

Kathy Moody

November 10, 2020

Bill will be missed. He was one of the good guys. Enjoyed every ride we ever took with him. Prayers for comfort.

Ann Hood

November 10, 2020

I worked at NMMC with Bill. He was one awesome individual, he would always help everyone. He was just a super friend and one fine fellow employee. I enjoyed seeing Bill in the hallways and getting a smile and a laugh from him. He will truly be missed !!!! Prayers to his family.

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