Happy Easter Rick. Today I was remembering back in the day when y'all were young coloring eggs for your Easter Basket and watching y'all hunt eggs and then everyone sitting down to eat ham, deviled eggs and all the trimmings. Sure wish I could relive some of those times again. But anyway wanted to drop by and tell you I Love you and miss you so much. Love you Mom xoxoxo <3
Hello my love. Yesterday was Valentines Day and you were in my heart as you are always. I miss you so much and still wish you were here with us. The day was quiet and lonely, but as I know you are watching over all of us and are at peace. My love always Maria. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Hi Rick, Happy Valentines Day. I Love You. Well guess what? I'm sure you already know Shari and Jimmy got married today. Valentines Day, Feb. 14, 2015. Kim sent me some pictures of the wedding. I know you wanted to walk your daughter down the isle when she decided to get married, but I'm sure you were there in spirit and so proud of her. She was beautiful. And your newest grandbaby, Bethany is so cute. Just wanted to let you know the latest and Tell you I love you and miss you. Love MOM XOXO
Hi Rick, it's a New Year, 2015, Happy New Year!! Hope it turns out better than the last one. I love and miss you, wish you were here. I know you are here in spirit. Till next time. Love Mom xoxo
Hello my love. Well yesterday was Christmas and you were missed. I spent the day remembering Christmases past. It just wasnt the same. I miss you very much. Next holiday is New year's and I will spend the day remembering everything we did on that day. I know you are watching over all of us and that is how I get through my days and the holidays. I love and miss you everyday.
Hey Rick, today is one of your favorite days, Merry Christmas !!! Missed your call saying "Merry Christmas Mom, I Love you!", things just aren't the same as they were back when you were a kid and opening presents under the tree. But like they say life goes on and I know you were looking down on us and by the way thanks for the penny I found today I know you sent it with a smile. So tell everybody up there Hi and I'll see them again one day !! I love you and Merry Christmas my son. MOM XOXO
Hello my love. It is the day after Thanksgiving. Not feeling very good. Missed you so very much yesterday and remembering all the Thanksgivings that we did have with all the prepping and cooking we did. Not the same since we don't have you to say, don't cook that too long. Love and miss you very much every single day. Maria
Hey Rick, well it's Thanksgiving one of your favorite holidays. Miss the family dinners when all of us were together, and the phone calls when you were on your own. Been sick today so wasn't enjoying the day too much but was really grateful for the short time I had you for my son. So thankful God gave you to me. Love you always son, Mom XOXO Guess what, Rick and Stephen went to see your dad.
Hi Rick, I'm back again it's Veteran's Day and I just want to tell you how very Proud of you I am for serving and helping to protect this country. I miss you so much and love you. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you, and the holidays are coming fast and it is so sad that you are not here to at least call. But one day I will hear that voice and look into those big blue eyes of yours and say Hello I'm here, and give you a big hug. Love you forever, Mom. <3
Hey Rick, it's Mom again. I have been thinking about you so much lately I guess it's because of the holidays coming up and missing the chance to talk to you and hear your voice and tell you how much I Love and Miss you. Holiday's just aren't the same any more. So many of the family have passed already it's kind of sad here without all of you. Wish I could get rid of this feeling that is lingering on, but missing you and wishing you were still here. Next holiday is thanksgiving and I'm so thankful for having the time I did with you and your brothers and sister, just wish it could have lasted longer. You were my wanderer and always leaving me to wonder where you were but eventually you would come back only to leave again. Guess that's where you got the "FREEBIRD" from. But I loved and still love you so much just wish our time on this earth would have been longer. So I'm through babbling now and wondering if you have you a beautiful garden going up there, I know you were proud of the ones you had down here. Anyways I will talk to you later, I know you will listen. Love you MOM. XOXOXO
Hi my love, it's been awhile since I have put a message to you in here. So much going on but no need to tell you because you already know, I am sure of that. Well the holiday's are coming up fast and you know not my favorite time of year anymore. I miss you more than words can express. I know you are happy and out of pain but I am selfish and wish that you could be right here with us. Well, won't take so long to write in here again. promise. Love you so very much my love. Maria
Hi my sweet love, well your birthday has come and gone but our memories are still fresh in my mind. I love and miss you more and more everyday. I know you are pain free but that doesn't change how much you are missed by all of us. Love you so much my love and best friends.
It's been over a year bubba. I still think about you everyday. I feel you here with us. I love and miss you bubba. RIP
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICK! Well it's been 49 yrs. ago that you, my 1st. born came into the world, your Dad was in Germany in the Army, and it was just you, me, and Grandma. But we made it. My sweet little Ricky. The years went by and we had some really good times and some just good times and a few worry some times but through it all we loved each other. And you grew into a man, graduated high school, a proud day that was. Then you went into the Army, and got married and started a family, and gave me 3 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. You loved them all, spent time with them. Had fun with them, then the unthinkable came true. It was your time to go, the Lord called you home because he knew you suffered enough and he took away the pain. Even though I miss you so much, I know I will see you again when it's my time to join you and all the rest of the family that has already gone on. So y'all better be there to greet me for I will be so happy to see you all again. Just know that I was there through good and bad on this earth, and loved you all the time. So my son I am PROUD of you and I love you very much and miss you so. But I'll be there one day and we can continue where we left off. Love you Rick, Happy Birthday !!! from MOM XOXOXO <3 <3 <3
Hey Rick, Well its been a year ago today that I got the awful news that changed my life forever. Even though you went to a better place with no pain or suffering I still miss you so much. I played the voicemails that you left me when I missed your calls, that helps some but would really love to hear your voice again. I'm waiting for it to get easier and would like to know how long that will take because this is really painful. The best part of it all is I have some wonderful memories and pictures to cherish from the past but some times that's hard to do too. But one thing I am holding on too is we will all be together again some day. So until that day just know I love and miss you very much. MOM XOXOXO <3
Hey there my darling husband. It has been awhile since I wrote you. So many holidays are going by with out you by my side. Mother's Day and Father's Day and Memorial Day. So hard to get through those special days with out the love of my life. The hardest day of all is coming up in a couple days July 4th the day you left to be with the angels and I know you are with everyone you want to be and that you are no longer in any pain or suffering. We had so many good times, yes some ups and downs but we stuck together. I am still holding on to you my love. Alex is doing amazingly well. You would be proud. I love and miss you more than I can say. I will be back again. Smile and know that we will always cherish your memory and ours.
Hey Rick, well another special day has come and gone. Today was Fathers Day! I thought about you all day thinking about how much you loved Shari, Ricky Jr., and Stephen, and how proud of each one of them you were. You were a good Dad. I miss you Son but I know you are in a better place and I will see you again one day. You better be there with open arms waiting on me. Just know I love you and miss you very much. MOM <3 XOXOXO
I always like to light the candle when I make an entry but I guess I forgot to light it Saturday May 10, 2014 so here it is.
OK Here I am I told you I would be back. So today is Mother's Day my phone would be ringing and you and Maria would be yelling Happy Mother's Day. I'm gonna miss that call, but I know you are saying it anyways. I am sitting here looking at your picture and no matter where I stand in the room you are looking at me with that smirky smile on your face, I love it!! Found a shiny penny in the back yard yesterday, heads up, don't know how it got there but I said thanks Rick anyway and put it in my pocket. I know it was you. LOL Sooo it will be strange not hearing from you but I'm sure you will let me know you are there before the day is over! I love you Rick and I will be back soon. This kinda helps me cope with you not being here. XXXXX OOOOOO MOM TTYL
Hi Rick, feeling kind of sad today thinking about tomorrow. It will be the first Mothers day that I won't get a call from you wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. I know you would call if you were here, so if you could please give me a little sign that you are near it will make the day go by better. I see and hear so many things that remind me of you and bring back so many memories, I just really miss you so much and wish you were here so we could talk about the things you wanted to tell me but that it hurt so much to hear. I just didn't want to face the fact that I wouldn't have you here any more. I am sorry for that, but I know you understood why, but it's just so hard. I know I will see you again one day. Hope you are hanging out with Grandma for Mother's day. I know I'm sounding kooky but that's the way I am. We use to laugh together at some kooky stuff and I miss that. So I'll say talk to you later because I'll be back tomorrow to spend a little time with you. I love you Son very much and miss you so. XOXOXO MOM
Hey Rick, I sure do miss you Son. It's the day after Easter. You will never guess what miracle happened to me. I know you would remember Sue Mathews, who use to take you boys to church on the van. Well she found your first bible, with your name written in gold letters on the front, that I had bought you for Christmas one year and after all these years, what over 40 of them she found it and returned it to me. I was so happy!! All day yesterday I kept thinking about the RED suit you use to wear to church and Robert had a blue one, and John wore a white shirt with a red vest. Y'all were so cute!! Thank God for memories that help keep you close to me. You will always be in my heart. I Love You. <3 XX OO MOM
My sweet husband it is Eazter Sundsy and we are about to get ready for church as i do every Sunday. Tam has Jayden so he will be with us for dinner. i was looking at some pictures the other day and came across the ones of you and Jayden riding that Christmas train. i know you remember that. You had a big smile on your face. Anyway getting ready for church then making our traditional dinner and missing you at the head pf our family and table. I will love you always and forever.
Hey sweetie we are fast approaching Easter Sunday. it is a couple days away. As i sit here at the table i remember all of our previous Easters and what fun we had. i still am having a lot of missing my husband dearly days. wishing you could be here knowing you have no more pain and wondering when it will be my turn to join you. i love and miss you very much.
Hey gramps I been sitting hear thinking of everything you thought me and I fight back the tears cause I know your better now it's just we all miss you and love u grandpa.
Well my love it's Valentine's Day. I woke up this morning remembering all of the Valentine's days we shared. I miss you so much. I LOVE YOU SWEETIE HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. I feel your presence around me.
Hey Rick, It's the 2nd day into the New Year and nothing is really any different than the old year except I miss you even more. Before when I needed to talk to you I could pick up the phone to see how you were doing and we'd laugh some and talk about days gone by when you were a kid and growing up and when you'd make me worry about you when you would do your thing, living your life. Some was good and some not so good, but I loved you none the less and unconditionally, because that's what a mom would do. So I'm hoping this new year gets better as the days go by, but there will always be a hurting in my heart because your gone. Just know I Love You Son and always will, you were the first of 4 miracles in my life and I thank GOD everyday he gave me you 4 kids to share my life with and make me proud to be yall's mom. I Love and Miss you I'll be back soon. Wish you could write me a note, lol Love MOM
My love it's New Years Day. Alex and I spent New Years Eve playing spades. Your favorite card game. Alex put the high joker on his forehead just like you did. It's cold and we are just planning to talk about what we all used to do on this day all the years we were able to do it together. it's gonna be a very quiet day as all of our days are. Missing you is all that consumes my life. I love and miss you very much.
My love today is Saturday the day before our anniversary. I am sitting here looking at our wedding pictures and previous anniversary pictures and find myself thinking as i do daily, i wish you were here with me. My handsome husband with the heart of gold. Life hasn't been the same and never will be again but i know that you are in a better place and out of pain. You are and will always be my best friend and the love of my life. Thinking of you and remembering our life together gets me through my days. Alex said he wouldn't be the man he is today without your guidance. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. Love always your wife Maria
Hey Rick, Sorry a day late, but the day was overwhelming. I did listen to your voicemail from last year saying "Merry Christmas Mom, I Love You", and Maria saying it in the background, and every time I used my phone to use it or answer it your picture popped up on the screen, so it kinda felt like you were with me in a way. But I really miss those big blue eyes and that crazy laugh you have when you get really tickled. But like they say "You're in a better place, and free from pain, so I'm gonna say I LOVE YOU Rick and I'll see you again one day. Till then "Merry Christmas 2013" LOVE MOM XOXO
My love it is Christmas morning and i woke up missing you even more. The holidays are not the same without having you by my side. Well my love going to go make some coffee and sit here and think about all the Christmas 's we did share. it snowed last night so people that wanted a white Christmas got it. Our anniversary is in a couple days. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH IT HURTS..
Hey sweetie it's Veterans Day.. Just one more day too miss you so much. Your favorite holiday is fastly approaching and i am really not looking forward to it. Functioning everyday without you is so hard. i know you are not in pain anymore and you are with your gram which does help knowing you are with someone you loved very much. i feel your presence around me just like you said i would. i do wish i could just have you though. I love you so much. Miss you more every day. Will leave another message soon.
Hey Rick, it's Mom, I love and miss you so much. You've been on my mind a lot lately, guess it's the holidays coming up. Been remembering the big family feasts we use to have with all the family together. Good Times !!Things aren't any easier as time passes. Tears, tears, and more tears, keep coming along with a big lump in my throat trying to hold them back. Just wish we had talked and discussed things more even though I didn't want to admit your end was near. Wish I could have hugged you 1 more time and told you how much I love you. Our talks meant a lot to me even though I held a lot in because I didn't want you to know how really upset I was. But you are in a better place now and hope you found the rest of the family that went before you. I wish so very much you could show me a sign that you are ok. People talk about those things all the time. Maria said you picked out an Angel you wanted me to have from a store where you seen it and said it made you think of me. She's going to send it as soon as she gets a chance along with some other things I asked for that were yours. So Son, people probably think I've lost my mind, but it helps when I can talk to you even though you aren't here. It all just seems so unreal, even though we were told it was going to happen. But anyway, just know I LOVE you and miss you so much. I wish you could tap me on the shoulder or show me something that is you, so I could feel the presence of your spirit. No I'm not crazy just miss you!! "LOVE YOU RICK" MOM XOXOXO
Hey Rick, thinking a lot about you lately.Thinking about so many things left unsaid, wishing I could say them now and tell you how much I love and miss you. I miss the phone calls when we would cheer each other up when we were down. Remember all the times we talked about the garden you always planted, and the nice tomatoes you would have and how the woodchucks or squirrels would steal your veggies. I put in Lynyrd Skynyrd today and when Free Bird started playing I lost it. I was thinking about when you would go to the shed out back on Wilkerson Road and jam away on the guitar, you were so good. I remember the drawings you made for me and the crafts you and your brothers made for me at sunday school. I still have them. It's hard to face the fact your not here any more, but I know your in the arms of the Angels and strumming your guitar. You will always be here in my heart and I have my memories, this is just so hard, but we will see each other again one day. So I'm gonna go for now but I will be back soon.I love you son and miss you more than you know. You had asked me if I was gonna be ok? I'm really trying hard but this is one of the hardest things I've had to go through. "Love you Rick" Mom
Well my love it was 3 months yesterday that you went with the angels. I miss you so much. You are always on my mind and in my heart. I wish that i could hug you and hold you but I can't. My love for you is as strong today as it was the day we got married. love and miss you my sweet husband.
My sweet husband. It has been almost two months since you left us to be with the angels and I still find myself wanting ti fix you a cup of coffee when I get mine. You are always on my mind. I love and miss you so much. Rest in Peace my sweet husband. I will be back soon to leave another message.
You've been on my mind everyday, I miss you soo much that it hurts! I love you daddy!
your baby girl
Hey my sweet husband and best friend. I miss you so very much. I visited you again on your birthday. You are and always will be in my heart and on my mind. I love and miss you my love.
Well here I am wanting to wish you a "Happy Heavenly Birthday" and tell you I miss you so much and love you. Rest in peace with all the other Angels. I'll be back soon, to say some more I'm sure. I still can't believe your gone, it wasn't suppose to be this way, but I understand. I Love You Rick, wish I could tell you in person. Mom
Rick was my brother in law. I appreciate his service to our country, and will miss him.
I love and miss you Uncle Richard! I remember when I was little and you used to grab my hands and spin me around really fast, I would always say " Do it again Uncle Richard, do it again! " Those were good times, and great memories. I wish I would have gotten to say goodbye to you before you left us all. I have a little piece of mind, knowing that you are as free as a bird now. I listen to that song everyday, and think about you. You will always be with me in my heart. I love you Uncle Richard! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!
<3 always and forever, you niece Amber Nicole Nettles.
I was a witness at your mom and dad's wedding. I saw you when you were a newborn. I can only imagine the grief your family feels. I thank you for your service in the military that keeps us all safe; you were a brave soldier. May the memories of better times comfort your family like a warm soft blanket in winter, and blow in the warm summer breeze.
Rick was my brother in law.he was a good man and a hero.i will miss him.
I hadn't seen my cousin Richard in a long time. I remember when we were kids though, that it was always special when he and Robert came visiting with Aunt Nancy. I always thought he was cute and he played the guitar. I am proud to know he was an honorable man and I did not know about his accomplished service to our country so I never got to thank him. As the mother of two soldiers now I want to say Thank You Richard for your service and I pray peace and comfort to your family in the days ahead, and to remind them that we will all be together again. Love you, Mary Ellen
I love you so much daddy and I miss you badly!
your baby girl
I love and miss you bubba. I hope and pray that you are finally at peace. Things just won't be the same...xoxo
I knew Richard when he was a young teen...I would pick him and his brothers up for church in my old blue and white van. He was wonderful and faithful to our little church. Richard was a very smart young man and he could always put a smile on my face. My memories of Richard are precious and I will always remember him in my heart. Prayers going out to all the family and friends.
Richard and I were "buddies" who spent a good deal of time talking on the phone. He was a good man, a good husband and father. He was an honorable man who loved life and I will miss him. Joanne