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Robert Irvin Rickman

Robert Irvin Rickman died peacefully Sept. 8, 2013 (his mother’s birthday) in Mechanicsville. He was born in Clover on May 30, 1923 to the late Lottie Lacks Rickman and James Thomas Rickman, and he was also preceded in death by a son, Mickey L. Rickman; sisters Annie Jeffress Rickman and Agnes Dollaye; brothers James Thomas Rickman Jr. and Isaac R. Rickman. 

Mr. Rickman is survived by his wife of 45 years, Louise Nichols Rickman; stepsons Vincent T. Nichols (Carol) and James K. Nichols (Peggy); one sister, Alice R. Hardie, of Lexington, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Mildred C. Rickman and Frances G. Rickman; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. 

A World War II Navy veteran, he was a 42-year employee at C&P Telephone Company, serving as executive vice president of CWA Local #2201 and later served as president of the Union’s Retiree’s Club. An active member of Enon Methodist Church, he was also past commander of American Legion Post #175 in Mechanicsville. 

Family received friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mechanicsville location of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, where services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Interment followed at 2 p.m. in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, where Masonic services were held.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Methodist Camp Rainbow Connection, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058.