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James Henry Ricks

December 7, 1946 — August 19, 2023

Hot Springs

James Henry Ricks

James Henry Ricks, a member of the Hot Springs community, has passed away at the age of 76. James was born on December 7, 1946, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Lucien Ricks and Cora Green Ricks. 

He began his professional journey by working for SWBT for four years and later transitioned to Arkansas Power and Light/Entergy Corp. His dedication and commitment to his work were evident throughout his four-decade-long career.

Beyond his professional life, James had a deep love for nature and the great outdoors. He found solace in spending time immersed in the beauty of nature. Whether it was hiking through scenic trails, water skiing on peaceful lakes, or hunting and fishing for bass and crappie, James cherished every opportunity to connect with the natural world around him.

Notably, James had a passion for amateur radio operation—an interest that brought him immense joy. Through this hobby, he was able to connect with fellow enthusiasts and contribute to the vibrant radio community.

James leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories shared with his loved ones. He is survived by his devoted wife, Chesleigh Berry Ricks, their son, Patrick Todd Ricks and daughter-in-law, Denise Ricks. Additionally, he leaves behind his beloved daughter, Jamie Lynn Heller and son-in-law, Charlie Heller. James's passing is mourned by his sister, Cora Bettis and brother-in-law, Christopher Bettis. He also was surrounded by his grandchildren, Joshua Heller (Amy), Cayla Cox (Nick), and Amanda Rowlett (Luke); and six great-grandchildren.

A visitation service will take place on August 24, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Smith Family Funeral Home - Hot Springs located at 2205 Airport Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71913.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital and/or Shriners Hospital for Children in James' name.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home - Hot Springs

2205 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913

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