Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Ricky K. Alexander

June 15, 1954January 1, 2020
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Ricky K. Alexander, 65, of Fort Smith passed from this life January 1, 2020 in Fort Smith. He was born June 15, 1954, in Ada, Oklahoma, to the late Hugh and Norma Alexander. Ricky was a 1972 graduate of Southside High School and a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He had retired as President of Alexander Drilling, Incorporated, was blessed with a close, loving family, and had many friends, far too numerous to mention.

Ricky is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathy; his daughter, Laura Betts and her husband Luke of Greenwood; his son, Alan Alexander and wife NeShaydith of Pocola; two grandchildren, Elliott and Duncan Alexander; and his brother, Ronny Alexander. Ricky was preceded in death by his sister, Tonietta Alexander; and his parents.

Funeral services will be 2:00pm Monday January 6, 2019 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Viewing will be from 12:00 to 5:00pm Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5 at Edwards Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Walker, Wayne Fitch, Ricky Peerson, Bill Bryant, Kent Magrini, and Billy Clark. Honorary pallbearers are Darwin Hale, and the members of Ricky’s Fantasy Football League.

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  • Viewing Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Viewing Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 6, 2020


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Janet Fitch

January 5, 2020

Ricky was a force of nature! Strike up a conversation, be prepared to stay a while. He loved fiercely! He was so much more than just a cousin. Being seven years his junior, I was a fun target for his teasing. He taught me plenty, LOL! Years pass and we grew. He became a friend in faith. He was one of my "memory keepers" that I will truly miss. He touched so many lives through the years. He and Cathy were an example of a servants heart in so many ways with Mom and so many others. Thank you Ricky for
making our lives so much more enlightening!

Jill Spaniolo

January 5, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear the passing of Rick!!! He was such a wonderful loving, caring person and one who always had a joke up his sleeve!!
As I remember the fun times all of us had together, no matter what was going on Rick would be there and could turn things around, make the best out of the worst situation. He will be dearly missed, may he rest in peace, and may God comfort you Cathy and the family.

Doug and Sheri Neely

January 4, 2020

Doug and I have very special memories of times with Rick and Cathy. Oilfield golf tournaments, Wyoming hunting trips, work weekends at our cabin, parties at their house,... but most important the famous motorcycle accident!!
Our hearts will miss him terribly but know he is with his lord watching over his family. Our boys thought the world of him especially his sense of humor. No words can express the loss, but to say what a great friend and a great man.he was!

Ronny Alexander

January 4, 2020

As I look at my brother’s obituary, I can see that he had many many friends that loved him dearly and will truly miss him. I don’t have to see his obituary to know he had so many friends, I’ve known it pretty much my whole life, I grew up with this wonderful man.As I scroll trough the memories his friends have of him, it brings back so many memories that I have of my brother. As we grew up, he taught me many things some were intentional and some were not, for instance I learned that you do not holler to mom from the bedroom “hey doesn’t anyone ever do laundry around here”? I learned real quick not not to say things like that or you would wake up the next morning with tiny little bumps all over the top of your head from the clothes hanger that she had in her hand from doing the laundry that she chased him back into the bedroom with. Those sort of things went on a lot when Rick and I were kids growing up. It seems like Rick never learned his lesson but boy I did... if you were one of Ricks friends as kids you know what I’m talking about. If any of you guys out there have a little brother you were probably like Rick and your mission in life was to pick on him every day. Well, let me tell you, Rick completed his mission. But that’s ok, Because as I got older I realized he was just doing his duty as a big brother. LOL. I could wrote a novel on all the things I learned from my big brother throughout my life. Needless to say my brother was a kind and living brother, he showed me that so much in the last few years when he would call me to check on me and ask me how I can as doing when he knew I was going through trouble times. Like so many of you out there I have so many precious memories of my brother that I will cherish for a lifetime. I could have never ask for a better brother. I don’t know about anyone else but for me I feel like my brother was a legend, I just wanted to share this about my brother...there’s really no room for a
novel in an obituary. Ronny Alexander

Linda Gurlen Billingsley

January 4, 2020

What a blessing to have known Rick! These last few days have brought such a flood of precious memories to treasure. The only one I have not seen shared so far was his love of Roy Orbison music. Well I remember several of our not so great attempts to duet together “Only the Lonely”!
My love and prayers for peace and comfort as only Christ can provide during this most difficult time to all his family, but especially sweet Cathy.

Rick and”Sam” Briscoe

January 4, 2020

We have so many happy memories of Rick during our travels with Rick and Kathy. We had so much fun celebrating with them during oilfield parties and events, too. He always made us laugh with his unique sense of humor. There will be a special place in heaven just for Rick! He will be missed by those people lucky enough to have shared his friendship. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers and may God give them comfort and peace.

Randy Mcghee Jr

January 4, 2020

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Alexander a month or so ago. He had an insurance claim and I was his insurance adjuster. As soon as I arrived he spoke to me as if it hadn’t been 20 years since we last saw each other. Always asking about my family and always talking about his. He was a good guy. It’s a sad day and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Hal Crum

January 3, 2020

Seems like yesterday when Sarah and I came to you and Cathy's wedding. Sarah was so excited and happy for you two, and over the years we grew to to be great friends and enjoyed many memories about each other. Rest in peace my friend and nephew, Sarah and you are well and smiling down on us. God bless,

Tery Magrini

January 3, 2020

What an amazing sense of humor Rick had! He had such a great ability of make everyone laugh and will leave us with great "Rick" stories.
Fantasy football will never be the same.
He will be deeply missed.
Our sincere condolences,
Tery Magrini

Laura Holland

January 3, 2020

Rick you and Momma Cathy became two of the most important people in my life I am so thankful God blessed my life with knowing you and I came to love you so very much we always had a lot of good chats and good laughs. You are and always will be a bright light that shines in my life. I am gonna miss you so much but knowing you are with Jesus makes me smile. I pray for God to surround your family with love comfort hope and peace that only He can bring. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and support you gave Angel and Tori when they played softball, and when the youth kids were raising funds for the gathering trips. Thank you for being you a wonderful loving man.
Love you other Laura