Chief Ricky Lee Winkles, Sr., of Trumann, Ark., died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 23 days. He was born Friday, February 5, 1960 in Jonesboro, Ark., and had lived his lifetime in Trumann. He was the fire chief for the City of Trumann Fire Department, a reserve deputy for Poinsett County Sherriff’s Department, veteran of the Army National Guard, a Master Mason and was a member of McCormick Baptist Church. Chief Winkles was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia A. Whitsett and his grandparents.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Bonnie Holt Winkles of the home, two sons, Ricky (Misty Barnes) Winkles, Jr., and Jeremy (Lauren) Winkles of Trumann; four grandchildren, Dixie Winkles, Reed Morgan, Shawn Winkles and Kain Winkles; parents, Carl and Shirley Winkles of Trumann; two sisters, Carolyn (Doug) Qualls of Trumann and Sherri (Randy) Tribble of Jonesboro, one brother, Randy (Lori) Winkles of Tucson, AZ and his father and mother in law, Frank “Bud” and Joyce Hamby of Trumann.
Funeral service will be Saturday morning at 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Trumann with Rev. Jim Frazier officiating. Burial will follow in Marked Tree Cemetery in Marked Tree, Ark. under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy New, Richard Mabe, Revis Kemper, Larry Mills, Kevin Molder, Bo Hickey, Ralph Guthrie and George Duboise. Honorary pallbearers will be Al “Booboo” Lally, Trumann Fire Department and Poinsett County Sherriff Department.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1301 Hwy 69 West in Trumann.
Lasting memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Center, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark., 72202-3591 and Make A Wish Foundation.
An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.