OBITUARY

Donald "Donnie" E. Ricker

September 3, 1946April 2, 2021
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Donald “Donnie” E. Ricker, 74, of Greeneville passed away at Johnson City Medical Center on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Donnie was a member of Loves Memorial United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed fishing as a hobby throughout his life. He was always looking to catch the next big musky. He also enjoyed hunting and in his younger years, he liked riding his motorcycle while standing on the seat.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law: Norman and Shirley Ricker; sister-in-law: Mildred Rice; and special nieces: Marsha Parkins and Kathy Miller; special nephews: Andy Ricker and Mickey Ricker; many other nieces, nephews and cousins; great nieces: Amanda Dorman, Samatha Gregg, Linsey Hipps, Ashton Ricker, Audra Parkins and Abagil Ricker; great nephews: Victor Ricker and Taylor and Neal Parkins; his special close friends: J. D. and Christy Bowers, who helped out greatly with caregiving for him; and other close friends: Annette and Gene Crum.

He was a son of the late Jay U. and Bula Mae Clowers Ricker and was preceded in death by one brother: Eddie Ricker; a nephew: Ricky Ricker; and his friend, Red Moore.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 pm at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Dan Palmer officiating.

Interment will follow in Loves’ Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Neal and Taylor Parkins, Chris and Bryan Bowers and Rocky, Danny Ottinger, and Josh Parkins.

Honorary pallbearers are J. D. Bowers, Jerry Lane, Wayne Riddle, Roger Swatzell, Dennis Hensley, Jackie Setzer, Craig Miller, Micky Ricker, and his church family at Loves Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family wants to express gratitude to the staff at Johnson City Medical Center, 2700 Trauma ICU and 6500 hall, Zonya Cureton with Caris Hospice for her love, support, dedication and friendship through the years.

  • FAMILY

  • Norman Ricker (Shirley), Brother
  • Mildred Rice, Sister-in-law
  • Marsha Parkins, Special Niece
  • Kathy Miller, Special Niece
  • Andy Ricker, Special Nephew
  • Mickey Ricker, Special Nephew
  • Amanda Dorman, Great Niece
  • Samatha Gregg, Great Niece
  • Linsey Hipps, Great Niece
  • Ashton Ricker, Great Niece
  • Audra Parkins, Great Niece
  • Abagil Ricker, Great Niece
  • Victor Ricker, Great Nephew
  • Taylor Parkins, Great Nephew
  • Neal Parkins, Great Nephew
  • J. D. and Christy Bowers, Special Close Friends
  • Annette and Gene Crum, Close Friends
  • Jay U. and Bula Mae Clowers Ricker, Parents (deceased)
  • Eddie Ricker, Brother (deceased)
  • Ricky Ricker, Nephew (deceased)
  • Reo Moore, Friend (deceased)
  • He also leaves many other nieces, nephews, and cousins to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Neal Parkins
  • Taylor Parkins
  • Chris Bowers
  • Bryan Bowers
  • Rocky Ottinger
  • Danny Ottinger
  • Josh Parkins
  • J. D. Bowers, Honorary
  • Jerry Lane, Honorary
  • Wayne Riddle, Honorary
  • Roger Swatzell, Honorary
  • Dennis Hensley, Honorary
  • Jackie Setzer, Honorary
  • Craig Miller, Honorary
  • Micky Ricker, Honorary
  • Loves Memorial Church Family, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Roger and June and AJ Swatzell and Bible

April 10, 2021

We just wanted you to know that we are thinking about you! We all loved Donnie and know you will miss him! We love you and you know we are here if you need anything!!

Christy Bowers

April 6, 2021

Donnie, you finally made it to the glory gates and had the best Good Friday anyone could ask for. I know it was the best day of your life and finally got to hear the words “Well done my good and faithful servant”. I am so blessed to have been by your side, hold your hand and pray you through those final moments here on earth. Not a day will go by that I won’t remember you and smile and think of all the good times that was shared. He called me the mayor, lol because he said I always had everything under control. Donnie was a very special part of our family. My husband JD and Donnie have been best friends the past 30 years. They had the type of friendship that will always remain in my husbands heart. The bond they shared was amazing. Donnie was a true servant and faithful follower to God. He loved life and loved his Savior. Never heard him speak an unkind word about anything or anyone. He will truly be missed but I know he is heaven rejoicing. We love you Donnie!

JD Bowers

April 6, 2021

Wow Donnie!! You are in the glory gates of heaven and you were the most spiritual man that I have ever met that taught me how to care for people. You loved Jesus Christ all your life and now you are getting rewarded in heaven and have been waiting on this day all your life. You were my best friend throughout 30 years of life. I grew up on the river and met Donnie at a very young age musky fishing. Him and I bonded very well and began fishing and hunting together. We both learned a lot from each other and never had an ill word. We have so many memories together and I’ll miss him with all my heart but realize he is in a better place. He was a dear friend to me and thank you Donnie for the love and friendship that we had together.

Shirley Hawk

April 6, 2021

Donnie was a great friend of my husband. He will be missed. They went fishing and hunting together in their younger years. He loved to get out and ride around the neighborhood. He always had a smile on his face and a hand out the window waving everytime he went by the house. Prayers and my deepest condolences for his family.

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Biography

Donald “Donnie” E. Ricker, 74, of Greeneville passed away at Johnson City Medical Center on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Donnie was a member of Loves Memorial United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed fishing as a hobby throughout his life. He was always looking to catch the next big musky. He also enjoyed hunting and in his younger years, he liked riding his motorcycle while standing on the seat.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law: Norman and Shirley Ricker; sister-in-law: Mildred Rice; and special nieces: Marsha Parkins and Kathy Miller; special nephews: Andy Ricker and Mickey Ricker; many other nieces, nephews and cousins; great nieces: Amanda Dorman, Samatha Gregg, Linsey Hipps, Ashton Ricker, Audra Parkins and Abagil Ricker; great nephews: Victor Ricker and Taylor and Neal Parkins; his special close friends: J. D. and Christy Bowers, who helped out greatly with caregiving for him; and other close friends: Annette and Gene Crum.

He was a son of the late Jay U. and Bula Mae Clowers Ricker and was preceded in death by one brother: Eddie Ricker; a nephew: Ricky Ricker; and his friend, Red Moore.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 12-2 pm at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Dan Palmer officiating.

Interment will follow in Loves’ Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Neal and Taylor Parkins, Chris and Bryan Bowers and Rocky, Danny Ottinger, and Josh Parkins.

Honorary pallbearers are J. D. Bowers, Jerry Lane, Wayne Riddle, Roger Swatzell, Dennis Hensley, Jackie Setzer, Craig Miller, Micky Ricker, and his church family at Loves Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family wants to express gratitude to the staff at Johnson City Medical Center, 2700 Trauma ICU and 6500 hall, Zonya Cureton with Caris Hospice for her love, support, dedication and friendship through the years.