Carol Denise Ricks

Sunrise: April 10, 1961

Sunset: November 16, 2022

Yea thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalms 23: 4-6

Carol Denise Ricks, 61, was born April 10,1961. Carol was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to the late John Ricks and Ernestine Hendricks who preceded her in death. She will also be joining her deceased siblings Dennis and Tina.

On November 16, 2022, Carol went home to be with the Lord, after a long battle of sickness. Over 30 years ago, she met and later married the love of her life, Paul Ricks Sr., who also preceded her in death. 

Carol graduated from Norfolk State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  She was employed as an Advocate/Social Worker for the Stop Organization’s Head Start Program at Emily Spong Elementary in Portsmouth, VA. 

Carol was a God fearing woman, who accepted Christ in her life at First Baptist Church South Hill in Chesapeake, VA. She was known for being a true sweetheart and played the mother role to any and every person she met. She was known for being there for others and would give the shirt off of her back, to help anyone in need. She also was a certified trash talker when it came to the game of spades. She had a cackling sound that was contagious and caused you to join in with laughter.

Around the holidays, the family looked to her to make her highly requested, infamous sweet potato pies and strawberry cheesecakes. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-in-law and friend.  

She leaves to cherish her memories two loving children, Paul and Nikita. Three loving step-children, Paul Jr., Anthony (Fatimah), and the late Paula Howard. Two siblings, Sheila Ricks and Sandra Dawson (Benjamin). Four Brother-in-laws, Ronald Owens, Aubrey Ricks Sr. (Venita), Larry and Maurice Ricks Sr. Sister-in-laws, Angela Ricks and Sarah Newsome (Billie) and a host of special nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Viewing Friday, December 2, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Sandra Ricks says

    May God give you peace and rest love you my big sister 🙏

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    Gina Wilson Gatling says

    God has received another Angel. Carol fly my love and Rest in GOD’S everlasting arms!! We will miss you dearly.

    Gina Wilson Gatling and Family ❤️

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    Gloria Manson says

    You earned your wings,Carole.RIP.I will miss you especially the 4:45 am calls

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    Kim Rodgers says

    Sorry for the loss, we worked together with the Stop Organization at Emily Spong Preschool Center. She was so funny, nice and cared about the students. Praying for comfort.

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    Aisha Compton says

    My sincerest condolences to the Ricks Family… Carol has always been very nurturing and loving. She loved her children and especially my Big cousin (her husband) Paul. May they rest together peacefully eternally. May God cover and protect Lil Paul & Keta Love you Always-
    Aisha Compton & Family

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    Robin Mardenborough- Victor says

    Kita. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Praying that God comforts you as you go through this trying time🙏🏾❤️

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    Ron Owens says

    Rest peacefully my dear Sister in Law I’ll surely miss you.

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    Valerie Jackson says

    My heart is broken, My deepest condolence to the family. May God give you strength and comfort on this day ! sending my love to the family. You was the nicest person anyone could have ever met. Love you much Carol , Rest in Paradise. #Sunrise4ever

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    Sophia Hargrove says

    My condolences to family and my beloved Paul and Nakita. There are no goodbyes for us. Ms. Carol will always be in our heart. May God, grant you comfort and Peace. An Angel has received her wings and is at rest.

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    Tawana Royal Thompson says

    My deepest condolences and sincerest prayers for peace, comfort, and strength to the family. Aunt Carole, you will truly be missed and forever loved. Welcome home and rest in Heavenly peace…

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      Connie Blake says

      Kita and Lil Paul, I just learned about the sad news of loosing your mom and best friend. I will be keeping you’ll in my prayers everyday. I will also miss her kind and giving spirit. She also was a friend to me for many years and I will miss her as well.

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    Kelvin L Hargrove says

    I remember Mrs Carol as a loving and very caring person. She always met you with a smile! My condolenses to Paul and Nikita. Your mom will be truly missed.

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    Kelsey White says

    May you now take your rest Cuz! Love you forever

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    Vanessa says

    Belated condolences are being extended; Nikita and Paul Jr. ; I pray although your blessed mother and my sister in Christ has been called to her heavenly place with our Heavenly Father in Jesus name: May we continue to cherish her memories in this 2023 year.

    She will be missed and thought of often. She a person; one can never forget. A kind heart and smile that extended love to all she encountered. Peace and continual comfort be you both of you and the entire family. Mrs. Vanessa and family- Blessed to have known her from South eastern tidewater head start project.

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