Cotten Funeral Home


Rickey Lee Ringer

March 26, 1950April 27, 2021

Rickey Lee Ringer, 71, of Caton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Janet P. Ringer; his children, Rickey L. Ringer, Jr. (Pamela) and Mistey Lewis (T.J.), and Travis Oakley (Kathryn); brothers, Harley Ringer and Roger Ringer (Leslie); and grandchildren, Kenly Raines, Kameron Raines, Chloe Ringer, Eli Lewis, Corbin Lewis, Mikayla Oakley, Alyssa Oakley, and Jimmy Oakley.

He was a gentle giant with a huge loving heart. Beyond his human family, Rickey loved to spoil his five special Shitzu buddies: Muffin, Chanel, Coco, Sassy, and Brutus. They were by his side always.

Rickey spent his career building and fixing things, first as an Automotive Service Manager and then as a Builder/Carpenter. He was a man with a gentle spirit and rough hands that knew what it felt like to finish a full days work with pride and respect.

While Rickey enjoyed serving others in these roles, his greatest love was his family and living a simple life. Rickey had a passion for firearms and spending time in the outdoors. He enjoyed cooking, grilling, camping, fishing, and grew an amazing garden. His favorite time of year was hunting season, and he loved to hear the dogs once they jumped a deer.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Please check this website for more information.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Angels N Camo, 532 Ward Road, Washington, NC 27889 (

Arrangements are in the care of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


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Liza Ingram Burns

May 1, 2021

To Janet and the family,,
I am so sorry for your loss. Big Rick will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I first met him when he was a mechanic at my cousins body shop, Hamilton & Son, when I was a senior in high school. I started working in the office after school. It is through him that I met the Ingram family and years later married, Bruce (Bucky). Big Rick was always nice to me and always carried on a conversation with me whenever we saw him. I pray for comfort for all the family as you begin the grieving journey. You will never be able to fill the hole left in your hearts, but in time and with God’s guidance you will get through it. Love, Liza and family

Charlotte Whitford

May 1, 2021

So sorry to learn of Ricky's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him. So did McRay. McRay especially enjoyed talking about gardening with him. Prayers for peace and comfort for you all in the days to come.