Richard Michael Wilkinson, 22, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. Visitation will be 6:00- 8:00 PM , Monday, October 9, 2017 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel.
Richard was born May 19, 1995 in Abilene, Tx. He attended Wylie schools and enjoyed playing football for the Bulldogs. He had a love for life, enjoying dirt bikes, shooting guns, fishing, wakeboarding, video games and a good game of pool. Animals and children were drawn to his sweet spirit. There was always laughs and jokes being told when he was in your presence. He loved cheese pizza, Oreos, and a very rare steak. He was a Denver Broncos fan. He was very proud of his southern heritage and Patriotic. Above all this he loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Baumguardner; two grandmothers, Carol Waters, and Melanie Thrasher; his uncle, Spc. Braden Long; and his best friend, Caleb Davis.
Richard is survived by his mother and stepfather, William and Crystal Long; his father and stepmother, Joshua and Jaclyn; his bonus dad, Donnie Waters Jr.; his siblings, Reagan Waters, Ryleigh Waters, Christopher Smith, Tyler Wilkinson, Trevor Wilkinson, Truett Wilkinson, and Bethany Wilkinson; grandparents, Gary and Brenda Lambert, Donna and Randy Verner, Leroy Wilkinson, Don Waters Sr., Ted Thrasher, and William Long 3rd and wife Sandra; two special friends, Taylor Hankins and Savannah Fox; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Online Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
There will never be a day that I won't miss you or think of you. You were just too precious for this world & I suppose God needed you more than I, even though I can't know why. I've made a vow to start volunteering to help people in your situation when my heart has healed enough. Losing you was the hardest thing I've ever endured, but I will keep your loving, selfless spirit going on through me. When it's time for me to go home and meet my Savior, I want you to bring me to the other side. I love you so much & you'll always be in my heart.
Crystal LongAbilene, TX
You will always have a special place in my heart with lots of precious memories. Be in peace. Lots of love, Nana
Brenda LambertLake Coleman, TX
So sorry for your loss. I remember him when he was a little guy. Prayers for everyone
May the Lord be with all your family at this time,I will keep you all in my prayers.
Don WatersBrownwood, TX
Ricky will be missed, he was starting to really see the real world. We always enjoyed our visits with Ricky when he came to Lake Coleman, especially this past summer. He was a out going young man who was very excited to be getting a job and car only a month ago. May God Bless his family.
Scotty & Linda WrightHobbs, NM
Crystal, Brenda, Gary and Girls,
I have no words that will make this better for you but I have great memories of our “family” outings and joy in knowing Ricky no longer suffers. Wish we could be there for you but distance has become an issue. Know that you have been in my thoughts and in my heart since we heard the news and that you will always be there.
Love and miss you all,
Dale and the Fox family
dale foxclearwater, FL
Deer my cousin Ricy I love you and I am go to missed you so very much Happy Birthday in Heaven or with your Gampa R.I.P
Nacoma DavisBrownwood texas,