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Craig Ricks, age 58

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a truly special and beloved man, Craig Ricks. On April 7, 1965, he entered this world and brought endless joy and love to those around him. On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, he left this world, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Craig was an incredible individual, known for his kind and gentle spirit. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a loyal friend. His infectious laughter and warm smile could brighten even the darkest of days. He brought warmth and comfort to everyone he met, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

Sadly, Craig’s life was cut short by the cruel grasp of Early-onset Alzheimer’s. Despite the challenges he faced, he never lost his grace or his loving nature. He remained a source of strength and inspiration to those around him, even in the midst of his struggle.

While we are heartbroken by his passing, we take solace in knowing that he is finally at peace. We will forever hold onto the countless precious memories we shared with him, and we will continue to honor his legacy in our hearts and in our actions. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his love will always surround us.

Craig is survived by his wife, Pamela Spencer-Ricks, his daughter, Britney Leatherwood, Sisters, Cindy Ricks Orton (Leo) and Tammi Ricks McCool (Johnnie), Nieces, Miranda Hartle (Brian), Mica Sutton (Ryan), and Megan Halstead (Bobby), Nephew, Tyler Schenebeck, great nieces and nephews, Rook and Wilder Hartle, Piper Schenebeck, Rylah and Presley Sutton.

Craig was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Ricks, his mother, Glenda Ricks, grandparents, Ralph and Nellie Parks and Drewie and Nina Ricks, and great nephew, Caden Ingle.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” – John 11:25

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Judy Bell Posted February 29, 2024 2:32 PM

    Pam & family, so sorry for your loss. Craig was a wonderful person to know. Grateful for the opportunity to know such a wonderful person. May God give you peace & comfort in this time.

  • Sue Parks Posted February 29, 2024 6:17 PM

    Pam and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Craig was Bobby’s nephew and Craig was born on his Uncle Bobby’s birthday . Prayers

  • Rick & Lisa Harrison Posted March 1, 2024 6:59 AM

    Pam, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. We are so saddened to hear this news.

  • Joe Balboa Posted March 5, 2024 8:15 PM

    Craig was a hard working man I knew him when he was in Rimfire and I was surprised to hear that he was leaving Remington but didn’t know why . I gave him a knife that I had bought for myself the day he was leaving and as a gesture of friendship I gave him the knife and he was reluctant to take it but I told him it was he’s going away present

  • Ken Newhouse Posted March 6, 2024 8:06 AM

    I first met Craig when I worked in rimfire years ago. He was often the first person to help me out when I was behind on my job or just whenever he saw the need. We had some great conversations and he was very genuine. He was a good friend and I am blessed to have known him. Craig truly had a positive impact on my life and I am certain he had the same effect on others as well. My sincerest condolences to his family. May God bless you and give you comfort and strength now and in the days ahead.

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