Jim Ricketts

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Lifelong resident and Gospel Music Singer Jim Ricketts passes away.

Jim Ricketts, 62, of Dayton, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at his residence.

Jim was a very devoted man of God. He lived to sing about the one he loved and hoped and prayed that just one more soul would be saved. Jim was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Sale Creek Church of God. He was well known throughout the area for his gospel singing ministry, sharing the gospel through songs. He also loved to farm and woodwork. He won numerous awards for his singing talent. Jim had never met a stranger and was loved by many around the area. Jim will truly be missed, but his legacy will live on. Jim would always sing a song that says “I’m A Winner Either Way” and he truly was just that

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Hodge Ricketts in 2012; his mother, Oma Ellen Rogers; and adopted parents, Ted and Alina Rogers.

Survivors include his two sisters, Nancy (Ronnie) Smith, of Pikeville, Tenn., and Connie (Donald) Heath, of Hampton, Va.; his singing partner and best friend for seven years, Crystal (Lance) Elam, of East Ridge, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 8, 2017, at Sale Creek Church Of God with Rev. Mack Louallen and Rev. Jimmy Jewell. Burial will be at Kiuka-Rogers Cemetery

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home Inc., of Dayton.

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