Billie Rickman

Apr 02, 2014

Friend to All

CANTON — Willa Mae “Billie” Rickman, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Harley and Bertha Cook Morgan.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carroll Rickman, who died in 2011; a granddaughter, Ericka Cook Gaddy; two sisters, Eula Haynes and Nancy Vaughn; and three brothers, Jim, Joe and Buddy Morgan.  She was a dedicated member of Canton First Baptist Church.  Billie enjoyed weaving, crocheting, and sewing.  Billie had an unmistakable smile and never met a stranger.  She loved fellowshipping over a nice meal, but most importantly spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Patsy Cook, and her husband, Phil, of Canton, and Melissa Rickman, of Clyde; a son, Michael Rickman, of Atlanta, Georgia; a granddaughter, Amy Cook; six great-grandchildren, Emily, Cade, Shae, Haley, Carrigan and Brody; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Canton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jay Meadows officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to Silver Bluff Nursing Home for the love and care Billie received there.

Memorials may be made to Canton First Baptist Church, 74 Academy Street, Canton, NC  28716.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at