Edith June Snowden Ricker, age 91, born July 9, 1928, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 3, 2019. She is the daughter of the late James Dennis and Delphia Lee Morelock Snowden. She was a member of First Church of God for all of her life and enjoyed attending as many church activities as she could and taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She retired from Greene Valley Developmental Center after 30 years of service. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking soup beans for Monday nights with her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano and attending the Greeneville Astros / Reds games and talking with everyone there. Mrs. Ricker leaves behind her husband of 72 years: S. Arthur Ricker Sr.; their children and their spouses: Diane and Danny Crum, Faye and Ronnie Jaynes, Connie and Jerry Smith, James David Ricker and the mother of his children Novella Ricker, Arthur and Martha Ricker Jr., Mark and Vickie Ricker, and Christy and Doug DeBusk; their 12 grandchildren: Scott Jaynes, LeaAnne Spradlen, Lauren Crum, Ryan Ricker, Brennen Ricker, Trey Ricker, Travis Ricker II, Tyler Ricker, Danielle Cutshaw, Dylan DeBusk, Connor DeBusk, and Delana DeBusk; their 11 great grandchildren: Sierra and Sydney Jaynes, Kase and Kinsley Spradlen, Brooklyn, Brieanna, and Bryce Crum, Rhett Ricker, Brayden and Emma Rose Ricker, and Travis Ricker III; her expected great-granddaughter: Emma Kate Ricker; her sister: Alice Addington of Greensboro, NC; a sister-in-law: Mary Snowden; a brother-in-law: Walter Shelton; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Martha Kaye Ricker; sister: Betty Shelton; brothers: Buddy, Ralph, J.D., and Charles Snowden; and someone she cared for like a son: Jimmy Smith. The Ricker family will be receiving friends from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday at the First Church of God. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm at the First Church of God. Rev. Nathan Leasure and Rev. Darrell Sovine will be officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home by 3:00 pm Wednesday to go in procession to GreeneLawn Memory Gardens for the 4:00 pm graveside service. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will include: Dr. Tyler Bailey and staff, Dr. Joe Austin, her caregivers: Ashley Bonds, Karen Hagenburger, Vickie Bentley, and Angela Buckner; Amedysis Hospice and Home Health, her First Church of God family, her fellow Greeneville Astros / Reds fans, her special friend Sam Babb, and her Tusculum Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Church of God Building Fund.
“Queen Edith” says, “Wait a cotton pickin’ minute, and remember, I LOVE YOU LITTLE, I LOVE YOU BIG, I LOVE YOU LIKE A LITTLE PIG”.