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Tommy Dale Ricks, 59, of McAlester, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.
The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bishop Funeral Service.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Life Church officiated by Pastor Terren Anderson. Cremation arrangements are entrusted Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory.
Tommy was born on Feb. 1, 1958, to J.R. and Marie (Buchanan) Ricks in Durant. Tommy graduated from Savanna High School in 1976 and South Eastern Oklahoma State University in 1980. During college, he worked for Greenspray Grocery Store and then worked for them in Paris, Texas before returning to McAlester.
He married Becky Lester on July 15, 1983, in Paris, Texas. He worked for Dixie Liquor before opening Alamo Liquor in 1988.
Tommy loved to travel especially going on cruises.
He attended Life Church.
Tommy's fight with cancer and illness was inspirational to many people. He would encourage others to "take it one day at a time".
Survivors include his wife, Becky, of the home; daughter, Jennifer Buck and husband, K.C., of Sapulpa; son, Jason Ricks, of McAlester; grandson, Carter Dale Buck, of Sapulpa; parents, J.R. and Marie Ricks, of McAlester; special family, Al, Lona and Stacy Horton, and Jimmy Camp, all of McAlester; brothers-in-law, Larry Lester and wife, Jenni, of St. Louis, Missouri, and Gary Lester and wife, Misti, of Paris, Texas; sisters-in-law, Sheila Queen and husband, Kyle, of Paris, Texas, and Sandra King and husband, Brad, of Paris, Texas; father-in-law, James Lester, of Paris, Texas; friends "The Wolf Pack", Dave and Connie Grantham, Terry and Denise James, and Jim and Beth Rice; special friends, Mark and Debbie Hopper, and Thomas and Peyton McMonigle, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
Tommy was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Florence (Newton) Lester.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Shelly Diehl of Heartland Hospice and sister-in-law, Sandra King, for the care, love and attention he received. The family will always be grateful.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published on April 19, 2017
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