On Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, Sammy Wayne Ricks (73), beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A life celebration graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10th, at Gladewater Memorial Park, 4716 US Hwy 80, Big Sandy, TX with Pastor Rusty Brady officiating.
Sammy was born on August 14th, 1946 in Gilmer, TX, to Donald and Addie Ricks. He was the youngest of three boys. He spent most of his life in East Texas where he graduated from Gladewater High School in 1965. Following graduation, he attended Kilgore College and later entered the East Texas oil-field where he mainly worked for Warren Petroleum, a subsidiary of Gulf Oil, Chevron Corporation and later Arco Oil and Gas totaling 42 years of service. Sammy married the love of his life, Carolyn Emmons (Ricks), on December 30, 1969. They were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in just a few months. Sammy and Carolyn have two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah. Prior to his health issues, Sammy enjoyed fishing and taking his daughters water skiing and camping. He enjoyed watching is oldest daughter dance during Friday night football games and watching his youngest play softball. Sammy had a wonderful sense of humor and had a kind heart. He loved the Lord and loved taking his family to church on Sundays. Sammy knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and we rejoice in knowing he with Him now.
Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Addie Ricks. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Emmons Ricks, two daughters, Jennifer Ricks and spouse, Spencer Thrasher of Dallas, and Sarah Creech and spouse, Jonathan Creech of Longview, his granddaughter, Addilyn Creech, two brothers Don Richard Ricks and wife, Ellen of Kendalia, and Michael Ricks and wife, Melissa of Kilgore, Sister-in-law, Margaret Ward, and a number of nieces and nephews: David Ricks, Mary Jowdy, Donna Ricks-Acevedo, John Ricks, Jarrod Ricks, Olivia Ricks, Christy Doerr, Brian Whitaker, and Erin Davidson.