Bob Ricks, aged 67, departed for heaven Thursday, January 10, 2013, from the hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He bravely fought an aggressive form of lymphoma since January 2012.
Bob is survived by his wife, Martha, who has been by his side for the last 47 years. He was especially proud of his son, Robert, who serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. His “baby girl”, Paula, is married to John Langridge and lives in Duncanville, Texas. Other relatives include John and Doreen McGill, Ed and Angi McGill, and Jim and Betty McGill, all of the Atlanta, Georgia area, as well as Linnelle and Frank Carlton of Thomasville, Georgia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Odessa Ricks, and his parents-in-law, James and Nell McGill of Moultrie, Georgia.
Bob was born in Moultrie, Georgia on May 12, 1945. He graduated from Moultrie High School and was honored to be a part of the amazingly talented 1964 Moultrie Packers football team. Bob proudly served with the Georgia National Guard for more than 6 years. He attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He started his career in the installment loan department at C&S National Bank in Valdosta. In 1973, he accepted a position as manufacturer’s representative with Borden Chemical for a multi-state region that required a move to Dallas, Texas. In 1987, he started a new career at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. He loved the Ambassador airport volunteer program and retired as a supervisor in 2007.
Bob travelled extensively and especially enjoyed beaches and gardens. His favorite destinations were Hawaii, the Caribbean, Colorado, and visiting his son in Panama, Okinawa, and Germany. He thoroughly enjoyed cruises, particularly an Alaska cruise with friends, a Mississippi riverboat cruise, and a tour on the Rhine and Mosel rivers.
Bob attended First Baptist Church in Dallas until retiring to Hideaway, Texas where he attended Hideaway Community Church and was a member of the Lakeside class. Hideaway, his waiting room for heaven, provided him many opportunities for community involvement. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and proudly served in the U.S. flag program, the children’s triathlon, and a variety of fundraisers. Bob was blessed in retirement with many opportunities to play golf and tennis as well as enjoy fishing and boating. He especially looked forward to sharing brunch every week after church with incredible friends.
Bob was an avid supporter of the arts. He enjoyed large productions in New York, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, and Dallas as well as community theaters in Lindale, Duncanville, and Bedford. He regularly attended the Fort Worth Symphony and the Cliburn concert series.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Ambassador program graciously hosted a celebration of Bob’s life on Friday, January 18. Bob's memorial service was Saturday, January 19, at Hideaway Community Church. Donations in his behalf may be made to Hideaway Community Church building fund, Hospitality House of Houston, or Halo House of Houston.'