September 05, 1967 - May 03, 2023




Saturday, May 12, 2023

12:00 Noon

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Rev. Angus Thompson, Pastor

Ricky Kendricks was born September 5, 1967, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He departed this life on May 3, 2023.

His parents are the late Dorothy and Roy Kendricks, Jr. They taught him about God, love, and keeping the family together in the home.

As a young boy, Ricky accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior while attending St. Paul Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Billy Robinson. It was at this church where his musical journey began in the community.

Ricky attended elementary school, went on to McNiel Junior High graduating in 1986 from Rider High School. During his high school years, he loved composing, writing, and singing in the school and church choirs. After graduation, his music career expanded. Music was his life!


At the age of 5, his mother provided piano lessons with the late Mae Merritt and the late Jimmie Berry. Many people watched Ricky teach himself how to play both piano and organ so he continued playing in the church and around the community.

Ricky was a health care worker and served in various places productively making a living.

He became a lifetime church musician because he loved church music. His ministry was shared with many musicians, churches, choirs, preachers and enjoyed by everyone who listened.

A hard worker indeed. He was loving, dedicated, trustworthy, reliable, fun, and out-going. A friend to all he would meet. Ricky loved God and loved the worship experience others felt around him. He played for every church on the Eastside and fellowshipped with various churches surrounding Wichita Falls.

Some of his lifetime accomplishments as a musician, director, composer, singer include:

UNITY (1st group he created)

Texhoma Mass Choir Project I & II

Greater Music Workshops of America (GMWA) USA-Germany

Original West Texas Baptist District Association, Inc./Music Coordinator

Progressive West Texas Baptist District Congress & Association/Congress Youth Choir Musician

Bethlehem Baptist Baptist Church (Lawton, OK)

St. John Baptist Church (Wichita Falls, TX. & Lawton, OK.)

Greater Galilee Baptist Church (Lawton, OK.)

SAFB Gospel Choir (SAFB, TX)

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Castle (Wichita Falls., TX.)

New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Rev. Angus Thompson (Wichita Falls., TX.)

Mission Gospel Train Ministries, Rev. E. J. Tyson (Oklahoma City, OK.)

Ben Washington Baptist Church (Irving, TX.)

Sunset Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. McGruder (Grand Prairie, TX.)

He accompanied countless Gospel Recording Artists in his lifetime such as: Carolyn Traylor, Douglas Miller, John P. Kee, Jeffrey LaValley, V, Michael McKay, Jay Terrell, Vicky Winans, Dorothy Norwood, Velina Davenport, Connie Hicks,...and many, many more!

Worked with countless WF musicians/directors, also in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Ohio, Omaha, NE., Lawton, OK., and traveled to Germany.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Ricky is survived by his special aunt, Clover Jackson of Dallas, TX; special cousins, Brenda Ladell Denson of Wichita Falls, TX, and Brenda Arps Anderson of Dallas, TX ; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, uncle, beloved family members and many friends.

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  • 05/21/2023

  • 05/14/2023

    Ricky brought a smile to so many and allowed you to sing even if you needed to be in the background. Loved his smile and recognition of everyone he met. Pray the family is encouraged and finds peace in his rest.

  • 05/13/2023

    Words really can't express the gift that Ricky was to the world and he was part of the Marks family when my grandmother passed and I asked Ricky to play and sing at her homegoing celebration services he didn't hesitate to play so Ricky I know you are there with her in heaven and tell her exactly what you sang God will take care of me! Rest well Ricky!!!

  • 05/13/2023

    Words cannot be enough to talk about Ricky. Ricky considered me his aunt. He loved his family, friends, and most of all God. To the family please know that he's with God getting the heavenly choir together. My prayers are with you

  • 05/13/2023

  • 05/13/2023

    A kind, thoughtful, caring man, who was a spectacular pianist and singer! He will truly be missed by all he came in contact with..he's sleeping peacefully in the arms of Jesus Christ our Savior! πŸ™πŸΎ

  • 05/12/2023

    Ricky was a shining light to the Green family. He will be missed by us and his many friends. To his family, please know that Ricky will always be a part of our family. I know that my sister, Kaye Green, is waiting to welcome him home. Rest In Peace, Ricky. We love you!!

  • 05/12/2023

    Sending my deepest condolences πŸ’. I was a member of the SAFB choir under his leadership. He was amazing and so gifted. My God bless his family.πŸ™πŸ½The Griffith Family

  • 05/11/2023

    Absolutely loved singing under his guidance. Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a calming spirit within and never dies. His presence will be missed. Know that he's playing with the Angelic Choir in heaven. May God continue to Bless his friends and family with strength from his life.

  • 05/11/2023

    Ricky was always an encouraging and positive person. He would make sure we had our tenor part. He will be missed by so many.

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