T.E. Ricks passed away at Nash General Hospital on Oct. 7, 2006. T.E. was born on Feb. 27, 1931 to the late William Wallace Ricks and Lucile Jones Ricks and raised in the Aventon community. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School and North Carolina State University. After college, he served in the U.S. Army in postwar Germany where he met his wife of 50 years, Grace Evans Ricks.
He is survived by his children and their spouses Walter and Susan Ricks, Tina and Jimmy Glover and Ted and Midge Ricks and his grandchildren Hunter, Grace, Sophie, Lucy and Ella.
Also surviving T.E. are his siblings Lady Huffaker of Conroe, Texas, Margaret Asbury of Gastonia, N.C., and Ben Ricks of Aventon, N.C. He was preceded in death by his sister Frances King and his daughter Lisa Ricks.
The majority of T.E."s career was spent as a Realtor with Boone, Hill, Allen and Ricks in Rocky Mount. He was a longtime member and deacon of Lakeside Baptist Church. He served in numerous civic and governmental capacities. T.E. was best known as the "unofficial historian of Nash County." His primary passion was for the Nash County Historical Association and specifically the preservation of Stonewall.
There will a visitation with the family at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home on Monday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nash County Historical Association for the benefit of Stonewall at P.O. Box 8442, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2006.