James Ray Rikard


James Ray Rikard, 92, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.

Graveside service was conducted on Saturday, August 8, at 3 p.m. at Nazareth United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Reverend Roger Phillips officiating. 

He was born on August 18, 1927 to Horace S. and Lizzie Shealy Rikard. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He retired from Greenwood Mills, Joanna Plant after 49 years of service. He was a World War II Army veteran serving as a military policeman in Sugamo, Japan and was honorably discharged in 1947.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elisa Liman Rikard and his children, Calvin Rikard (Gwen), Shelby Rikard Hydrick (Don), Nelson Rikard (Joyce), Steve Rikard, Roger Rikard (Brender), Joel Rikard (Kelly Lewis) and Sharon Rikard Kneece; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his eight children, Annie Ruth Kirkland Rikard and his son, Bobby Ray Rikard; granddaughter, Amanda Elizabeth Rikard; great grandson, Quentin Michael Hall, brothers, Enos, Travis and Harbin Rikard; sisters, Loree McGee and Jerusha Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made to miltonshealy.com.