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home : obituaries : obituaries January 23, 2019

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Butch Rickenbaker - Greenwood

John Thomas “Butch or Tommy” Rickenbaker, 73, resident of Greenwood, husband of Brenda Minick Rickenbaker, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018, at his home.

Born September 6, 1945, in Greenwood, he was the son of the late Clarence Frank and Lula Creswell Rickenbaker.  He was a graduate of Greenwood High School and attended Anderson College. He was a Vietnam Era US Army Reserves Veteran, serving in the Military Police.  Mr. Rickenbaker formerly worked with Monsanto but left to join the family business on Highway 10. He ran Rick’s Barbeque more than 32 years serving many that were less than able to pay.  Through the years he would welcome kids from all around to spend time with his family at their home and the lake and elsewhere. Always generous, he was a kind hearted gentleman that enjoyed being the life of the party.   He would later work as a building contractor in Little River.

A member of Tranquil United Methodist Church, he was a boating enthusiast enjoying spending time on his Chris-Craft in the waters around Greenwood.  He loved the Grandstrand and Coastal Living, especially the Intercoastal Waterway which they could peruse from their windows when they moved to Little River after their retirement.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 50 years are a son, J. Perrin “Perry” and wife Sally Rickenbaker of Greenwood; a daughter, Kelsey Rickenbaker-Bigelow and husband Jason Bigelow of Columbus, MS; two sisters, Ann Rickenbaker Fairey of North, SC, and Frankie Rickenbaker of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Julia Perrin Rickenbaker, Hampton Wilkie Rickenbaker, Elizabeth Thomas Bigelow and Lula Sava Bigelow; and his beloved Maltese Randi.

He was predeceased by a sister, Julia Carol Rickenbaker.

The family plans to hold private services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC  29605.

For online condolences please visit

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Rickenbaker family.

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