Graveside services will be held for Mr. Ricky Donald Braudaway, age 64, on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Andrews Cemetery in Karnack, TX. Bro. Harry O'Brown of First Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA be officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in The Colonial Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Ricky Braudaway was born June 23, 1956 in Marshall, TX to Mr. Malcolm Travis Braudaway and Mary Jane Bison Braudaway. He passed from this life November 17, 2020 in Longview, TX.
Ricky grew up in Marshall, TX on Caddo St. before the family bought their home and land on Five Notch Road. He spent much of his childhood on Caddo Lake in the family house boat. Ricky was a natural on the water, both as a skilled bass fisherman and an accomplished water skier. He was a talented trumpet player holding first chair in both the high school band and the Marshall Symphony as a teenager. Ricky loved his motorcycles and stories of his ability to ride a wheelie on his dual sport for miles still circulate. Growing up in a time of hot rod cars and CB radios, Ricky’s friends will remember his handle in high school was “Blue Dart” after his blue Dodge Dart. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army National Guard where he proudly served until a medical discharge was necessary due to his loss of hearing. Ricky was a master carpenter; he was skilled in all facets of carpentry. He worked mainly in insurance restoration and historical home restoration for Moore Bro. Lumber Company and Joe Day Construction in Longview, TX. Whether you knew Dad, Ricky PaPa, Uncle Rick, Mr. Rick, or Ricky; you knew that smiles would be involved. Ricky was a man who was always smiling, his fun sense of humor was infectious. His ability to stir the pot was also a trait that so many of his friends and family will miss. He was a natural agitator! Ricky was an amazing pool player, even more amazing after a beer or two. He and his son Neal spent a lot of time together playing pool with friends. He loved his children and grandchildren so much. They were the pride of his life. If you were ever lucky enough to receive a card from Ricky; rest assured that he spent more than a moment searching the Hallmark aisle for the card that said just how he felt about you. He was never satisfied with just a generic card, no, Ricky’s cards had to be perfect, from the heart; they were genuine, just like him. There was never any doubt of how he felt about his family, “I’m so proud of you” are words that he shared with meaning. His love and pride in his family was without measure.
Ricky Braudaway was preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie Marie Harper, his parents; his brother, Malcolm Braudaway; and his nephew Jeff Stevenson. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Neal Braudaway and wife April; his grandchildren, Dakota Johnson, KayleeJo Harper, Kaden Harper, JaneAnne Braudaway, and EmmaLeigh Braudaway; his sister Nancy Simpson and husband Bill Simpson, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and a host of dear friends. Ricky Braudaway is deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
The Braudaway family would like to say a special thank you to Compass Hospice for their love and care for Ricky; and to Renee Braudaway whose love, compassion, and care for Ricky will never end.
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