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Ricky Vincent Mullins

July 9, 1962 ~ November 13, 2018 (age 56)
Ricky “Richard” Vincent Mullins, 56, of Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was predeceased by his parents: French & Juanita Mullins; sister, Shelia Mullins Chittum; special uncle and aunt, Bill & Nancy Austin, and special cousins, Gary & Barry Austin. He is survived by his brother, Timmy Mullins; loving girlfriend, Amanda Swartz; nieces, Brittany Chittum & Crystal Fink; special son-in-law, Troy Fink; great nieces, Katriel, Aaryanna, Kaelee, and Zoë; great nephew, Logyn, and special family & lifelong friends: the Austin family, the Lyons family, Kevin Pack, Kristi Wright, and Freddie Wright.
Ricky was born in Giles County on July 9, 1962. He was the first-born son of three children. His siblings were his best friends. They fought hard but loved harder. He grew up close to his Austin cousins and saw them as brothers and their children as nieces and a nephew. Ricky was like a father to his nieces, Crystal and Brittany. When they were little his alternate persona, “Ook” the gorilla, would run them around the house swinging from vine to vine. He helped them with their homework, guided them through science projects, taught them important life lessons, how to fight for themselves and those they loved, and emphasized the importance of family values and togetherness. He was always there for his family.
Those who knew Ricky best would characterize him as strong, kind, intelligent, witty, artistic, entertaining, protective, passionate, creative, and uplifting. He was an animal lover. He cherished his pets of all kinds: cats, dogs, and two lively roosters. He could make anyone laugh, even when they wanted to cry. Tall, broad shouldered, and a natural authoritarian, he always seemed invincible. He was endlessly devoted to everyone he loved.
Regardless of whether Ricky was moving furniture, painting homes, providing floor care, doing agricultural work, or providing security, he was a dedicated, hard worker. He found his passion in loss prevention, until he suddenly became disabled in 2014.
Ricky was blessed to find the love of his life, Amanda Swartz, in his final years. Although they didn’t have much time together, she stood by him through his illness, the sudden devastating passing of his sister, Shelia, and held his hand as he made his final transition home.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, November 17, 2018. Pastor Jeff Gardner will officiate. His family will receive friends and family the same day at 12-1pm at Lotz Vinton Chapel. The family invites Ricky’s family and friends to join them after his service at Eastgate Church of the Nazarene for food and fellowship.


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