Ricky A. Smith

Sunrise: March 25, 1958

Sunset: January 3, 2021

On Sunday, January 3, 2021, our beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, Ricky Antonio Smith was called home to be with the Lord.

Ricky was born on March 25, 1958 to Willie H. Smith and the late Carrie Louise Smith. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, he was educated at Norfolk Public Schools. Ricky held a position at Kempsville Building Materials as a Manager for several years. He then moved into a position as a Carpenter at Sears Holdings Corporation where he worked for many years. Ricky had a natural talent and love as a Carpenter and began working for himself for over the next 25 years.

The first love of Ricky’s life was his Mother, Carrie Louise Smith. Ricky was a “Mama’s Boy”. Ricky was a “Gentle Giant”, and his smile was everything. His hugs were tight, warm, and made you feel all the love that he had to give. Ricky was very giving to everyone and would give anyone the shirt off his back. Ricky’s siblings applaud him for stepping up and looking after them with the loss of their Mother. They credit him as “Second Daddy” during that rough period in their lives. Ricky loved his family.

Fishing was Ricky’s greatest joy and hobby. Ricky would fish from sunrise to sunset. Ricky was a kind, gentle and happy spirit that everyone who encountered him loved to be around.

Ricky is survived by his 2 brothers, Linwood Smith and Karl Smith, and 3 sisters, Sandra Smith, Yvette Davis, Annette Walker and preceded in death by 2 brothers, Herman Taylor and Eugene Smith.


Ricky leaves to cherish his memories: nieces, Zakiya Davis, Edrea Walker, Fatimah Smith, Zariyah Davis, Jai’Marie Davis, Kamryn Davis and nephews Tiyjuan Davis and Zahir Davis and a host of relatives and friends.

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    Edrea Walker says

    Love you Uncle Ricky! Always & Forever! Thank you for being the kind and gentle spirit that you were! Forever in my heart! I’m going to take the family to the next level! Watch over the family and I!
    Your Niece,

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    Connie McCloud says

    I never met Mr Ricky but his family has told me how special and loving he was and I can see the kindness in his eyes and smile. We never know why the Lord calls our loved ones home early but we do know that they will be in heaven watching over and protecting their family just like they did here on earth. I pray that the Lord gives the family peace in knowing that Ricky has returned home to be with his Father in heaven and that his spirit will live through them and in them forever. My prayers and heart go out to the family.

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    Yvette Davis says

    I’m so glad the Lord chose you to be my big brother. You were so kind, loving, and extremely easy going. It was a blessing to have you in my life. I’m going to miss you so much. I can hardly write this without crying. Love you big brother tell mother I miss
    her too. Love always your sister Yvette

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    Karl says

    My dad slash big brother he’s gone now to be with his mother Mrs Carrie smith.I will always have a place in my heart for you bro and I thank you for teaching me how to be a man.love you so much

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    Chris says

    RIH brother in law. Had a great time getting 2 know u. Fly those wings Ricky. U will be missed but never forgotten

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    Gladys Durham (Mullen) says

    What I remember most about Ricky was the smile he always had on his face. Always making others laugh. Its been a long time sense I last saw him. But that’s how I want to remember him . Smiling. My Prayers go out to all his family.

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    Loretta Payton and family says

    May the God of hope keep the family in prefect peace while wrapped with unconditional love and support. Ricky you will be missed but never forgotten. My condolences and prayers to the family.

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