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William Rickerson, Jr.

September 11, 1934 ~ December 18, 2020 (age 86) 86 Years Old

William Rickerson, Jr. Obituary

  • William Rickerson, Jr. passed away Friday, December 18, 2020, at his residence. 
  • Viewing hours are 12 noon to 6:00 PM at the Chapel of Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton, 110 N Maple Ave., Eatonton, GA. 31024
  • A graveside service will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Eastside Eatonton City Cemetery, 124 Hogan Blvd, Eatonton, GA., 31024
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Deacon William Rickerson, Jr. was born on September 11, 1934, in Eatonton, GA., to the proud parentage of William Rickerson, Sr. and Annie Hurt Richardson. He was lovingly known by several nicknames, including “Junior,” “Mr. June,” and “Paw-Paw” for his grandchildren.

 After completing his early education, Junior secured a job working for Georgia Power. He worked there for nearly half of his life and remained a faithful and model employee until the time he retired. While there Junior also served as a member of the Georgia Power Ambassadors. He took his job very seriously, and regularly attended ambassador meetings. He made a great impression on all who met him there.

In 1957 Junior married Barbara L. Laquines Rickerson, the love of his life. The couple went on to share 64 wonderful years together, and their union was blessed with four children. By that time, Junior had already received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, which took place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Farmington, GA. Junior served the church as a devoted deacon until his health started to decline.

Outgoing and loved by all, Junior had a very giving heart and helped anyone he could, whenever they needed it. After his retirement, he took to cutting grass; he was paid to cut many a lawn in his time. Given his beautiful heart, on occasions when someone couldn’t afford his services, he’d often cut their grass for free. This was especially true for the elderly, for whom Junior had a soft spot. In his free time,
he enjoyed spending time with his family, and he absolutely loved both fishing and hunting.

A very fond memory of Junior is how he always had one of two sayings handy whenever someone asked how he was doing: “Partly cloudy and fair,” he would say, or “He’s kicking, but not too high.” Junior’s amazing personality and humorous responses will be dearly missed. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather, and an all-around awesome person. Although no one is perfect, his family will readily tell you that he was absolutely perfect for them.

Junior is proceeded in death by three children: Joseph Watson, Irene Rickerson, and Louise Rickerson; and two brothers, Charlie Hurt and Isaac Richardson.

To cherish all of his wonderful memories, Junior leaves: two daughters, Vera O’Neal (Bobby) of Dublin, GA and Lydia Andrews (Marcus) of Eatonton, GA; two sisters, Claudia Ray of New Jersey and Sarah Little of Eatonton; two brothers, Charles Richardson of New Jersey and James Richardson, (Mary) Sr. of Eatonton; six grandchildren, Alvina Christian of Jonesboro, GA, Larry Richardson (Stacy) of Eatonton, Cassandra
and Calandra Andrews of Eatonton, Ladonna Dennis of Hinesville, GA, and Temeka Nash (Everette) of Social Circle, GA; 16 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.


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December 29, 2020

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hurt's Funeral Home of Eatonton
110 North Maple Avenue
Eatonton, GA 31024

Graveside Service
December 30, 2020

1:00 PM
Eastside Eatonton City Cemetery
124 Hogan Boulevard


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