Paul Rickard Obituary, Death – At the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, PaulĀ  Rickard was able to pass away peacefully. On May 18th, 1934, Paul was brought into this world by his parents, George Allen and Lillie Johnson Rickard. He attended Byars-Hall High School and grew up in the Charleston Community before graduating from there. Soon after he received his diploma, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was sent to Japan, where he worked as a transcriptionist at the naval base there.

After he had returned to the states, he started working for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, first in the Vicksburg District and then in the Memphis District. It was in the Memphis District that he assisted in the implementation of the first computer system. In 1957, Paul was fortunate enough to find and wed the woman who would become the love of his life, Maxine McBride of Covington.

They are responsible for the upbringing of four children: two daughters named Lisa Ann and Lori Kay, and two sons named Paul Jeffery and Walter Gregory. They dedicated the early years of their marriage to providing for their children and ensuring that they had a robust Christian upbringing. Paul was active in the local churches that they regularly attended. The Ardmore Baptist Church in Memphis, the Raleigh Baptist Church in Raleigh, and, most recently, the First Baptist Church in Covington were all churches where he was a deacon.

Paul was an avid golfer who found a newfound sense of fulfillment in the game after retiring and moving back to Covington, where he joined a group of senior citizens at the local country club on a weekly basis.

Paul is survived by three of his children: Lori Webb (Steve), of Atoka; Jeff Rickard (Robin), of Covington; and Gregg Rickard (Robin), of Eads. He also has four grandchildren: John Webb (Ramona) of Memphis, Austin Webb of Memphis, Anna Lisa Rickard of Cedar Grove, and Robin Lee Rickard of Humboldt; and one great-granddaughter: Amiya Gott.

His first child, Lisa, as well as all of his other children, including his brothers and sisters, all passed away before he did. His parents, George and Lillie Rickard, as well as his wife of 60 years, Maxine Rickard, died before him.

Monday at 11 o’clock in the morning, at the Covington First Baptist Church, will be the funeral services that will be officiated by Rev. Chuck Williams. Friends will be able to pay their respects to the family beginning one hour before the service. After the service, the interment will take place in the Covington Memorial Gardens.