Donald R. Ricks, 80, of Cumming passed away July 19, 2012, at Embracing Hospice House, after a long struggle with Parkinson's and dementia. He was born in Soperton on May 27, 1932, to the late Reva and Pierce Ricks. He was also preceded in death by his son, Michael Pierce Ricks in 1956; and his brothers, Kenneth and Tommy Ricks.
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Don graduated from Soperton High School in 1949 as valedictorian of his class. He served in the Air Force as a staff sergeant during the Korean Conflict. Following his service, he attended Georgia State College and Woodrow Wilson Law School, graduating with honors. Don retired from his practice of 50 years as a CPA and tax attorney. He loved reading, gardening and enjoyed playing classical music.
As a friend, he was true and constant. As a husband, father and grandfather, his heart overflowed with love. As a Christian, he loved and honored God with a life of service to his fellow man.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Winona Drummond Ricks of Cumming; son, Phillip (Sharon) Ricks of Cumming; much-loved grandsons, Andrew and Austin; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Interment will be Monday, July 23, at 1 p.m. at the Ricks Family Cemetery in Soperton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, July 21, from 3-9 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory - Cumming
150 Sawnee Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
Published in Forsyth County News from July 20 to July 23, 2012