Ricky Eugene Franks, 70, of Arthur, IL passed away at 2:13 P.M. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Graveside services with Military Rites conducted by the Arthur American Legion Post 479 will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in the Arthur Cemetery. Brother Tim Frose will officiate. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Ricky was born on August 11, 1948 in Greenville, MS. He was a son of William Eugene and Kathleen (Ariff) Franks. He married Kathy Yvonne Smith on December 23, 1977 in Florence, AL.
Survivors include his wife Kathy Franks of Arthur, IL; four children, Dara Ann Schrock of Arthur, IL, Shawna Hawkins and her husband Randy of Monticello, AR, Tammy Adair and her husband Ronnie of Rye, AR, and Ricky Franks Jr. and his wife Daniele of Vilonia, AR; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Jasper and her husband Dwight of Ridgeland, MS and Becky Muirhead and her husband Curtis of Brandon, MS; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cherie Yvonne Pedigo; and a step-grandson, Taylor Bolden.
Ricky was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
He had a bourdon for the outreach programs in the Pentecostal Churches he attended in Corinth, MS, and Hamburg, AR.
Ricky was a distributor of Mac-Tools, and he had taxied Amish for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends.