Eunice Smith Ricks

December 19, 1924August 22, 2014

Eunice Smith Ricks

On Friday, August 22, 2014 at the age of 89, Eunice Virginia Smith Ricks, beloved wife of the late Sidney Franklin Ricks, Sr., passed away peacefully at the Belvoir Woods Healthcare Center in Alexandria, VA. Mrs. Ricks began her career as an educator in Manassas VA teaching business classes. She would go on to teach at Peninsula Business College in Newport News, and work at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Mrs. Ricks worked for Hampton University for over 30 years. For the majority of that time she managed the Hampton University Bookstore. In retirement, she served for several years as the Board Chair for the Office of Human Affairs of Hampton Roads. Mrs. Ricks was born on December 19, 1924 in Worsham, VA (Prince Edward County). She was a graduate of Robert R. Moton High School, an undergraduate of her beloved St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA. - where she met and subsequently married the late Sidney Franklin Ricks, Sr. from Newport News, VA – and held a masters degree from Hampton Institute. Eunice leaves three children to cherish her memory: Laverne Ricks-Brown (Carlton), Sidney Franklin Ricks, Jr. (Deidre), and Edward Anthony Ricks Sr.

There are five grandchildren: Kwame Brown (Kymani), Christina Ricks, Jamila Brown, Elizabeth Sullivan (Matt), and Edward Ricks Jr.

She also leaves three great granddaughters: Ryan and Grier Sullivan and Yasmin Brown, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Eunice was a devoted member of the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3pm at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 2515 Marshall Ave., Newport News VA 23607. Repast will immediately follow the funeral services in the church Parrish Hall. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Please visit to express online condolences to the family.


  • Eunice Smith Ricks Memorial Service Saturday, September 6, 2014

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September 17, 2014

to the Ricks family, so sorry to hear that Eunice passed away it has been years since last saw her, she was a very warm and loving person, I will always remember her kindness. Canella Dale convent station, nj

Paul & Betty Drummond Bowes

September 8, 2014

Condolences to Laverne and all of the Ricks family on the passing of your mother/grandmother. May God's peace and understanding be with you during this time of transition. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda smith

September 6, 2014


To LaVerne, Skippy and Tony
To say my condolences on the passing of your Mother seems so inadequate, The passing of Aunt Eunice is truly monumental for this family, our family, the Marshall/Smith family, To say she is or will be missed seems not enough for such a grand lady. She is at peace now in the company of all those who have gone before her, May God ever bless each of you. Please stay in touch. With much love, your cousin Linda Smith, The Smith Family Aunt Etta, Linda, Thulani, Shani and Avery.

Lawrence Butler

September 6, 2014

May the peace of God be with you during this time of bereavement. Remember the fond memories of your loved one as you go through this time in your life.

Earl Williams

September 5, 2014

Muns-While mourning the loss of your dear mother, please take grace in the wonderful life she lived as a true treasure to legions of "Hampton" students. Kay and I extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Carol Ford

September 4, 2014

Laverne, Skippy, and Tony -
Sharing in your sorrow over the loss of your Mother. We pray that you will find comfort in your memories and strength in God's abiding love.
The Ford Family - Gladys, Carol, and Judy

Dr. Carl Bentley

September 3, 2014

To "Twigy," "Tony," and "Munday:" I express my most sincere condolences to each of you as you celebrate your mom's homegoing. Please be gentle with youreslves and each other, as you take time to heal from the gravity of this significant life event. My love and prayers are wth you always.
Carl Bentley (Crunch)

September 2, 2014

So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Smitty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of bereavement.

"Pete Coleman" Waverly Watkins, Jr.

Emmagene Slade

September 2, 2014

To the Family of Eunice Rick- You have my Sincere Sympathy. Eunice was a wonderful person, and someone I could always talk with, about anything. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. Love and prayers to all of the family members.

Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres

September 2, 2014

To the Ricks Family:
I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Mrs. Ricks will forever be a part of the collective memory of HI, the only person I remember seeking for help in the Bookstore, both as a student and again when returning as part of the faculty...I also think of our shared upbringing as Episcopalian, and the warmth she displayed during the times I would visit St. Augustine's church. May your good memories sustain you, and may God continue to keep you and family in the palm of His hand.