William "Bill" Grayson Ricketts, 87, of Kingston, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
He was born in Fireco, W.Va., on Oct. 9, 1926. Bill was self-employed as a coal truck owner/operator, owned/operated Fairview Shell, and worked as a mechanic for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran
who proudly served his country during the Korean War
. He was an avid fisherman, a man of many talents, and claimed special fame to dancing the "Jitterbug." His legacy is built on honesty, integrity and the willingness to help others. Bill's smile and kind heart made an impression on so many. He will truly be missed.
Bill was preceded in death by his wives, Jessie Ricketts and Jackie Ricketts; grandson, Bryan Branson; parents, Zebedee Ricketts and Bertha Edmondson; two brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include son, Ron Ricketts and wife Terri, Cleveland; daughters, Lynn Humphreys and husband Mike, Kingston, and Karen Clark, Kingston; grandchildren, Roger Clark and wife Mindy, Autumn Mullins and husband Josh, Jordan Humphreys and fiancÃ© Rheanne Cooley, Laura Ricketts, and Leslie Smith and husband Josh; great-grandchildren, Cailynn Shelley, Sam Tyner, Hattie Mae Clark, Lance Humphreys and Tessa Mullins; special nephew, Frank Hammerling; special caregiver, Krystal Webb; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, with celebration of life at 1:30 p.m. Graveside service will follow at Kingston Memorial Gardens with full military honors being conducted by the Roane County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in his honor. Online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net