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Greg Ricks

Greg Ricks, age 67, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2024, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born February 28, 1956, in De Queen, Arkansas, to the late Edward Earl and Alice L. (Plunkett) Ricks.

Greg, along with his wife Sharon, was the longtime owner/operator of Greg’s Auto Parts in Cove, Arkansas. He was currently the Transportation Director for the Cossatot River School District. When he worked at his shop in Cove, he had developed the ability to pinpoint the trains of the Kansas City Southern Company and tell where they had been, and where they were going. Greg loved racing anything automotive and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sharon Ricks of Cove, Arkansas, his daughter, Julie Nash and husband Stacy of Mena, Arkansas, his grandchildren, Carson Nash and Connor Nash of Mena, Arkansas; and his Aunt Glenda Kern of Cove, Arkansas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Earl and Alice L. (Plunkett) Ricks.

Services for Greg Ricks will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Brother Bryan Richardson will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, (160 East Barton Ave., Cove, Arkansas 71937) or to the Arkansas Public Broadcasting Station Foundation. The family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his Cossatot River Bus Driving Staff for being there and being dependable.

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