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Rickey was born on February 20, 1957 in Andalusia, Alabama to Mildred Craig and Lenard Smithart. Growing up in Andalusia, Rickey moved to the big city of Columbus, Georgia where he would marry the love of his life, Debi Shortnacy on December 27, 1980.
Rickey was an avid sports fan, especially anything involving the Alabama Crimson Tide. A proud family man, Rickey loved his brothers, sisters and countless aunts, uncles and cousins. He spent years coaching fast-pitch softball at Northern Little League and will always be remembered as a positive influence in the lives of so many of his players.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, his daughter Tiffany Nicholas (Robbie) of Midland, Georgia, Jenna Olesin (Matt) of Gulf Breeze, Florida and his grandchildren Kayden, Addison, Reagan, Brooklyn and Skylar.
A celebration of Rickey’s life will be held at Pierce Chapel Methodist Church on September 30, 2023 at 2:00pm and officiated by Rev. Jerry Akin. Friends and family will be received, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pierce Chapel Methodist Church at 5122 Pierce Chapel Rd. Midland, GA 31820.
Georgia Cremation of Columbus, Georgia is assisting the family.