Ricky Allen Fansler Sr., 63, a resident of Cravens Run Road, Elkins, passed from this life Tuesday evening, Aug. 21, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
Ricky was born Sunday, Aug. 14, 1949, at Elkins, a son of the late Burley Woods and Rachel Amanda Fansler Woods.
On Sept. 2, 1995 at Elkins, he was married to the former Deanna Carol Ramsey, who survives.
Others left to cherish Ricky's memory include, five children, Ricky Allen Fansler Jr. and fiancee, Shelly Richhart, of Boaz, Ala., Christopher Fansler and wife, Celina, of Thorsby, Ala., Michael Vance and fiancee, Latasha Phillips, and Petina Bolton, all of Elkins and Eddie Smith and wife, Jean, of Rodman, N.Y.; four siblings, Diana Ogden and husband, Conley, Mary Thompson and husband, Tom, George Woods and wife, Reba, and Burley Woods Jr. and wife, Donna, all of Elkins; 12 grandchildren, Serenity, Heavenly, Chloe, Cailen, Destiny, Jersey, Shawn, Ryan, Shyenne, Gabriel, Lucas and Brooke; special friends, Doyle and Judy Herron of Elkins; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his parents, Ricky was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Mika Vance and Brittany Fansler.
Ricky attended the schools of Randolph County, had served with the United States Army, had worked at Bruce Hardwood and was a self-employed carpenter and heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed hunting, painting and drawing. He was very outgoing and enjoyed spending time with family and friends and fun and harmless provoking. He was a member of Tygart Valley Ministries Church where he played the drums for worship.
Visitation will be conducted at Tygart Valley Ministries Church in Beverly today from 6 until 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the church on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. Pastor Curlie Ray Jr. and the Rev. Conley Ogden will officiate, and interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery where members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Ricky Allen Fansler Sr. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolpfuneralhome.com.