Charles Ricky Stokes was born June 8, 1957, to Gilbert and Nita Stokes. He married his wife Lisa of 33 years on May 23, 1980. He made his home in Philadelphia most of his life where he worked for Windham Tractor before opening his own business selling and servicing farm equipment. Mr. Stokes was a member of Coy United Methodist Church and attended Bond Baptist Church.

He was happiest when he was on a tractor moving dirt. His proudest accomplishment in life was his two boys that he loved more than life itself.

On Dec. 14, 2013, God called him home after a short battle with Leukemia. He will be greatly missed by his wife Lisa. He will also be missed by his oldest son Benjamin and his wife Jennifer of Ocean Springs, MS, and his son Casey and his wife Anna of Baton Rouge, La. He is also survived by three brothers, Ramond Stokes of Philadelphia, Henry Stokes of Hattiesburg and Dr. Duane Stokes of Philadelphia. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Maggie.

Pallbearers were Keith Fulton, John Stokes, Jeff Nicholas, Kevin Cumberland, Jimmy Cumberland, Sherlon Patterson, Sterling Stewart and John Lilley.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Thomas Willingham officiating. Burial followed in Coy Methodist Cemetery in Preston. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.