Barry “Big Daddy” Ricketts, 67, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at a local hospital.
He was the son of the late Charles and Aurora Aranjo Ricketts. He was born in Massachusetts and lived in Kennesaw, Ga., for 20 years before spending the last year and a half in Cleveland.
He was a retired veteran of the United States Army with 20 years of service and served two tours in Vietnam. He loved riding motorcycles, antique cars, and spending time with his family and friends. He was of the Catholic faith.
He was preceded in death by his godparents, Joseph and Belbina Aranjo; and brothers: William, Robert, and Joseph Ricketts.
He is survived by his wife, Lori Britt Ricketts of Cleveland; son, Patrick Ricketts of Kennesaw; stepchildren: Claudia Fields of Griffin, Ga., Andrea Wheeler of McDonough, Ga., Adriana, Cody and Madison Kincaid, all of Cleveland; granddaughter, Madison Ricketts; stepgrandchildren: Janiah Kincaid, Calie Ann Suits, Jon Paul Wheeler, Kristine Hudson, and Zander Kincaid; sisters: Bernadine Ricketts of Medford, Mass., Geraldine DeBellis of Rochester, Mass., Joanne Rinderer of Taunton, Mass., and Diane Reckard of Taunton; brothers: Charles Ricketts and wife, Genny, of Lincoln, Neb., and Joseph and Barry Aranjo of Taunton; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends.
A graveside service will full military honors will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. David Crump officiating.
A white dove release ceremony will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider memorial contributions in Barry’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.
We invite you to visit the Ricketts family guestbook and send a message of comfort to www.serenityfunerals.com.
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center LLC of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.