Richard Dale “Ricky” Twiggs, 60, a native and lifelong resident of Murphy, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Northside Hospital in Canton, Ga.
Ricky was the son of Mabel Stiles Cooke and the late Lloyd Burton “Jim” Twiggs. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his beloved stepfather, Leroy Cooke; and sister, Jeania Cooke Allman.
Ricky is survived by his wife, Jean Crowe Twiggs; sons, Chris Twiggs and wife Erika, and Jeremy Twiggs; daughter Jennifer Twiggs; brother, Jim Twiggs and wife April; sisters, Lisa Twiggs and husband “Blue” Hughes, and Kim Twiggs; grandchildren, Maddelyn Helton, Marley Craig, Maeli Craig, Abram Twiggs, Elijah Twiggs, Jude Twiggs and Isaiah Craig; mother-in-law, Marie Arp Crowe; along with many nieces and nephews, loads of family, and tons of friends.
He operated Ricky Twiggs Auto Repair for 20 years before establishing West End Buildings in 2003, both in Murphy. He was a master mechanic building cars and race cars from the time he was 12 years old. He had dirt track racing in his blood, and tore up the streets drag racing and hot rodding. He absolutely loved spending time with his family and friends. Laughing, telling stories and just enjoying life.
Ricky was a Man of God with Mountain Moving Faith. He was a walking miracle with a fiery passion for helping others know Jesus. In the last year, Ricky especially cherished spending time in the garden communing with the Lord.
What a kind, compassionate and generous soul. A genuine man of integrity. Always there. We all relied on him. He helped everyone, even strangers, without judgement. He had a way of making every single person truly feel special. His legacy on earth will forever continue through the generations.
Ricky: the husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend.
Pallbearers were Jackie Bryant, Steve Byers, John Glenn, Preston Graves, Kenny Hall, Oliver Minor, Verl Roberts and Vinson Sims.
Honorary pallbearers were Junior Anderson, Bryan Clayton, Randy Cook, Shannon Helton, Steve Hughes, Terry Jones and the Men of Walk No. 187 Mountain Top Emmaus, Aaron Kelley, Brad Kelley, Luke McCoy, Lonnie Murphy and Jeff Plemmons.
A life celebration was held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Little Brasstown Baptist Church. Pastors Calvin Murphy and Zack Orton officiated. Burial was at noon Saturday, March 3, at Mount Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Little Brasstown Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Ricky to Mount Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, 1700 Old Murphy Road, Murphy, NC 28906 or Samaritan’s Purse.
You may send tributes to the family at www.mem.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.