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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

Christian T. Ricks


Captain Christian T. “Chris” Ricks, age 65 years, of Jefferson City, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at the University Hospital in Columbia.

Mr. Ricks was born Nov. 12, 1948 in St. Charles the son of O’Garlan C. and Kathryn G. Trescott Ricks.

He was married on Aug. 4, 1979 in Libertyville to Bonnie S. Steinbach.

He was a 1966 graduate of Elsberry High School and a 1970 graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia with a degree in economics.

In 1976, he graduated from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg with a M.S. in criminal justice.

Mr. Ricks joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol on May 1, 1971 and was assigned to Troop C in Jefferson County.

From 1973 until 1978 and from 1981 until 1989, he was assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail and moved to Jefferson City during that time.

Throughout his remaining years on the Highway Patrol, he worked as the Assistant Division Director of the Personnel Division (1989 – 1994), as the Assistant Division Director of the Training Division (1994 -1998), and as the Director of the Public Information and Education Division (1998 – 2006).

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1983, the rank of Lieutenant in 1988 and the rank of Captain in 2000 until his retirement on Aug. 1, 2006.

From 2006 until 2010, he was a contract consultant for the Missouri Information Analysis Center.

He was a contract consultant for the Center for Educational Safety and was an instructor for Northwestern University in their Center for Public Safety and a Criminal Justice Instructor at Columbia College.

He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

At the church, he served as camp director and was active in the Missouri East Annual Conference and the Missouri East Walk to Emmaus.

He was a member and past president of the Sunrise Optimist Club and Past Lt. Governor of Optimist International.

He served on the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Committee and the Board of Directors of Boy’s State.  He served on the Executive Board of the Missouri State Troopers Assn. and the American Association of State Troopers.

He was a member and past president of the First Financial Credit Union, formerly known as the Jefferson City Highway Credit Union and served on the Jefferson City Police Personnel Board.

Chris was also a member of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M.

He was an active supporter of Jefferson City Jay Athletics being involved in football and track and was actively involved in Boy Scouts of America attaining the rank of Star and served as an adult leader of Boy Scout Troop 2.

Survivors include: his wife of thirty-five years, Bonnie Ricks; one daughter, Andrea L. Ricks Young of Sedalia; one son, Christian T. “Scott” Ricks, II and his fiancée, Beth Rudder of Kansas City; one granddaughter, Elizabeth K. Young; his mother, Kathryn Ricks of Elsberry; one brother, Allen Ricks of Manchester; one sister, Carol Ricks of Jefferson City; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Steinbach of Jefferson City; his brother-in-law, Tom Lawson of Farmington; his sister-in-law, Melba Steinbach of Cape Girardeau; one niece, Joy Lawson of Kansas City; and one nephew, Dennis Lawson of Farmington.

He was preceded in death by his father, O’Garlan Ricks; his father-in-law, Oswald Steinbach; his sister-in-law, Diane Lawson; and his brother-in-law, Glenn Steinbach.

Visitation was held at Wesley United Methodist Church from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Thomas Vansant officiating.  Interment was at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church to be used for several of Mr. Ricks’ favorite charities including camp scholarships through the church, Special Olympics, and the MASTERS Program.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary in Jefferson City.

Gary Allen Webster

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Funeral Services for Gary Allen “G A” Webster of Elsberry were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Centennial Methodist Church in Elsberry under the direction of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Rev. Brenda Cockrell, pastor of Centennial Methodist Church, officiated with burial in Elsberry City Cemetery.

Mr. Webster, 51, passed away Thursday night, Aug. 21, 2014 at his home in Elsberry.

Born Aug. 7, 1963 in Troy, he was the son of James Edward, Sr. and Helen Willetta Powell Webster.

Gary joined and was baptized at Lost Creek Baptist Church in Elsberry at a young age.

He attended school in the Elsberry R-II School District.

One of his loves was listening to Gospel singing.

His favorite song was “I’m Still Here.”

He was employed for a number of years at Forrest Keeling Nursery near Elsberry.

Through his life, Gary met many people and many, many friends.

He had a soft and loving heart for his family and friends.

His greatest love was for his mother and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Webster, Sr.; his step-father, Frank Crumes; one sister, Doris Webster and one brother, Wayne Webster.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Crumes of Elsberry; three brothers: James E. Webster, Jr. and Phillip L. Webster, both of Elsberry, and Charles Crumes and his wife, Tena, of Memphis, TN; and one sister, Carol J. Burris and her husband, Tom, of Louisiana.

He also leaves several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until time of the service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Centennial Methodist Church in Elsberry.

Memorials may be made to the family of Gary Allen Webster in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.

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Roy Thomas Blair

Roy Thomas Blair, 75, of Richmond Heights, was born on Nov. 28, 1938 in Elsberry.

He was the third child of eight, born to the union of Theodore R. Blair and Luddenia Johnson Blair.

Fraternal Grandson to: Robert Lee Blair of Virginia and Amanda Francis Kemper of Missouri; Maternal grandson to: Arthur Johnson and Susie Rose Johnson, both of Missouri. Sunset for Roy, Aug. 6, 2014, as a result of an auto accident on Hwy. 44, outside of St. Louis.

He was educated in the public schools of Lincoln County, attending Dunbar Elementary and later Elsberry High School, in 1954, immediately following the US Supreme Court decision ordering the desegregation of public schools in the United States.

He enjoyed his school days and excelled in sports.

Roy later served his country with great pride, serving in the United States Army in 1960’s.

He learned the electrical trade and spent many years practicing his craft in Dayton, OH, under the mentorship of a favorite  cousin, Albert Johnson.

Roy relocated to the St. Charles area and was an employee of the American Can Company, for over 25 plus years, until he retired.

Roy was united in marriage to Beverly Barry for a number of years, however, she preceded him in death prematurely at the tender age of 26.

He was later united in marriage to Beverly Jones, formerly of Hazelwood, for over 28 years.

He leaves to mourn a caring and dear wife and children: Mark of Dayton; Kevin of St. Louis; Janet of Phoenix, AZ; Marcus of Atlanta, GA; Roy Jr. of O’Fallon; Monica of O’Fallon; Katrina of St. Charles; stepson: Deon of Seattle, WA; a son, Darryl died in infancy. Grandchildren: nine; Great Grandchildren: 5.

Living life to its fullest was his motto.

He loved life and never met a stranger for long.

He was kind and gentle and to know him was to love him.

He possessed the unique ability to light up a room with his smile.

It was contagious.

He had a charm and wit that made nieces and nephews want to be around him all the time.

His passion and that of his brothers was the automobile.

He loved vintage cars.

His favorite was the 1960’s Ford Mustang.

Car shows were a regular routine.

In addition to his immediate family, he leaves to mourn his siblings: Robert A. Blair (Erma) of Creve Coeur; Louella Childs of Creve Coeur; Margaret Ann Berry (Leroy) of Town & Country; Sue Talton (Mickey) of Ballwin; Phillip E. Blair (Cynthia) of Olivette; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Preceding him in death was Brother: Thomas (1963); Ida Stewart (2013); Theodosia Davis Bailey (1985); Parents: Theodore R. Blair (1991) and Luddenia Johnson Blair (1980).

Interment was held Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

Samuel Franklin Parsons

Samuel Franklin Parsons of Troy, formerly of Winfield died Aug. 24, 2014 at the age of 89.

Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home near Winfield.

Funeral Service was held at 11 a.m., Winfield, Aug. 27, 2014  at Winfield Baptist Church.

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