Melissa Carol Rickman

Monday, September 14, 1953 - Thursday, January 23, 2020

In Loving Memory

Photo of Melissa Carol Rickman  - 1953-2020

Lake Junaluska- Melissa Carol Rickman, age 66, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville where she was lovingly surrounded by her family and friends.

Melissa was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Billie Rickman; and also a niece, Ericka Cook Gaddy.

She was a 1971 graduate of Pisgah High School and continued her education at Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  To know Melissa was to love her and we shall forever hold memories of her working in her flower garden and being amazed how she could grow anything.  She was an avid and voracious reader and when it came to cooking, her delicious homemade apple pie was a favorite of everyone.  Melissa was blessed with a caring and kind heart and she loved all animals especially her fur baby, “Autumn”.  Her beautiful smile and her sweet spirit will remain a part of us forever.  

Left to cherish her memory are her sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Phil Cook of Canton; her brother, Mike Rickman of Florida; a niece; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and a great-great- nephew.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to a dear and special friend of Melissa’s, L.J. Combs who was truly invaluable to the family during Melissa’s illness. 

To honor and remember the life of Melissa, “a covered dish” memorial celebration will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the home of Phil and Patsy Cook. 

Memorials may be made in Melissa’s memory to SARGES Animal Rescue Foundation, 256B Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Melissa and her family.

Condolences from family and friends

My dearest cousin Melissa, many happy memories.
Vicki Vaughan
Patsy and Phil I am so sorry about your sister praying for you all.
Sarah Henson
Just remembering Melissa ,the times she spent at my house ,with my girls,Sandra Amos Pressley,and Rue Ann Amos Ross.Always joyful,and loving life.She made several trips to the beach with our family,in our travel trailer. Always a joy to have her in my home.
Judith A Amos
Melissa was a very special person who never met a stranger. I will always remember her kindness in high school, and many years later her mother's happiness at Melissa's decision to return home to take care of her parents. With deepest sympathy and condolences.
Deb Williams
Patsy and Mike, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Love, Robin
Robin Cabe-Smith
So sorry to hear this! Our love and prayers go out to the family!
Terry&Gail Cope
So sad to hear of Melissa passing. She was always a sweet friend to me and I’ll miss her. Praying for her family.
Sherry Coleman
My sincere condolences goes out to the family. I pray that God gives you guys the strength to get through this. I love you Phil and Patsy.
Vera Mills Wilson
I'm so sorry for your loss. My family and I send our deepest condolences, love, and prayers. Leslie, Lonnie, Carolyn Hipps
Leslie Hipps
Patsy and Mike, The loss of a sister is a terrible thing to experience! Patsy, you were there for me when Rachel passed. If you need to talk, just let me know!
Margaret Allison
Patsy so sorry to hear about milissa
Jerry s.
Patsy and family, so very sorry to hear of Melissa's passing. She was very a very special lady. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Betty Sawyer
Patsy, I really admired how you and Phil stayed by Melissa’s side during her last days here on earth. I know it had to be hard. Blessings and condolences to you and all your family.
Deb Buckner
Patsy, Mike, & family You are in our thoughts and prayers. Both of our families have been friends for a long time. We had lost contact most recently, but have some good memories of Melissa. Jerry & Deb Powell
Jerry & Deb Powell
Sorry to hear about melissa's passing she will be missed ..I remember her being my neighbor when she had her dog Roxie..I always enjoyed talking with her..
Roxanne Rathbone Montgomery
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Donna Fowler
Mike and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.
Gayle Ammons
My heart goes out to you all during this time our prayers will be with you all. I’m sorry for your lose and always know that she is no longer suffering and she’s home with the Lord And welcome arms.
Kevin Paxton
phil prayers for you and family .so sorry for your loss.
dorothy justice
Patsy and Phil I am so sorry for the loss of Melissa. I will be Praying for you all and know She is happy with her Lord and Savior now. That don't make it easier for us but you will meet again and oh how you will rejoice. I love you both. Glenda
Glenda Jones