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Mr. Ricky Allan Lamkin

Obituary for Mr. Ricky Allan Lamkin

May 12, 1952 - October 7, 2019
Murray, Kentucky | Age 67


Mr. Ricky Allan Lamkin, age 67, of Murray Kentucky died, Monday, October 7, 2019 at the TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Lamkin was born on May 12, 1952, the son of Conely and June Lamkin of West Viola, Kentucky.
He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1970, where he played on the football and baseball teams and ran track. He served in the United States Army from 1972-74, stationed in the Panama Canal. He Graduated from Murray State University in 1977 with a degree in political science. Mr. Lamkin graduated from Chase Law School, Northern Kentucky University in 1980. He practiced law in Murray from 1980 until 2017 and began his practice with Judge Robert O. Miller and retired from his own practice, Lamkin Law office, in 2017. He was also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.
Ricky was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murray. He also regularly attended and visited the Journey Church and Memorial Baptist in Murray. He is well known for his volunteer spirit. Ricky gave his time, talent and resources to help so many. Many times, these acts of kindness were noticeable, but countless other acts of kindness remained between only Ricky and the recipient. Ricky has volunteered for many years at the Soup for the Soul, Main Street Youth Center, Kids Against Hunger, Bethel Ministries International, Starfish Ministries, Operation: Not One Missed and Starfish Orphan Ministries, and MKY Cares, Inc.
Ricky served on the boards of many organizations, committees and councils. He was not only a true volunteer but also, he was a very civic-minded man. Ricky was a regular volunteer for reading in elementary classrooms throughout Murray Independent and Calloway County elementary schools.
He was affectionately known as the "Bubble Gum" man. Ricky enjoyed sharing bubble gum with children wherever he went. He gave bubble gum away in restaurants, at ball games, in church, at the bank or at drive thru windows. He always had his black bag full of gum which he would toss, throw or hand to young children. Ricky loved the city of Murray, the county of Calloway and his favorite Racers and Lady Racers. He was a loyal supporter and enjoyed watching practices and games. He enjoyed giving his advice to the team, coaches and referees. Ricky travelled to Israel four times to learn, experience and capture as much of the life of Jesus as he could. He boldly expressed his faith in Jesus as his Savior and presented his "Bible Walk" to area church groups in western Kentucky. Ricky has been described as a man who is "bigger than life." He loved to laugh, talk, worship and pray. He will truly be missed by his loving family and supportive friends. Ricky was a man who laughed and talked loudly, smiled with the biggest smile and loved with the most genuine heart.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Conley and June Davidson Lamkin; grandparents Leslie and Eva Mae Davidson and Doffis and Eva Lamkin, and brother-in-law Hugh Wear.
Survivors include a son, Adam Lamkin of Murray, Kentucky; two sisters, Connie Lamkin of LaCenter, Kentucky and Donna Wear of Paducah, Kentucky. Also surviving is a nephew, Matt Wear of St. Louis, Missouri, and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held on 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2019 at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Severns and Matthew Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.
Expressions of Sympathy can be made to Soup for the Soul, 411 Maple St. Murray, KY. 42071, Main Street Youth Center, 513 S. 4th St. Murray, KY. 42071 and Starfish Ministry, 1000 Broadway St. #200, Paducah, KY. 42001.
Ricky has heard those words, "Well done."
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    Murray, KY 42071

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