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Ricky Willoughby (2-24-23) service 2-26-23

Ricky Gene Willoughby, 64, of Savannah, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24. He was born on Dec. 2, 1958, in Savannah, the son of the late Herbert Eugene Willoughby and Peggy Sue Barlow Winborn.
Mr. Willoughby honorably served his country in the United States National Guard. For the past 12 years, he was employed at Gambrell Hickory Mill where he worked as a Bobcat driver. He previously worked at Phillip Little’s Siding for 20 years. He was a very good carpenter and loved to build all kinds of things. He enjoyed wood working, arrow head hunting, gardening (especially growing tomato plants), helping Jeff with cows and feeding, and just being outdoors in general. He hated watermelon, but a good cheeseburger and home fries was one of his favorite meals. He would give anyone the shirt off his back and would always try to help someone in need. He loved his grandchildren, Carlia and Sawyer, and enjoyed spending time with them.
He is survived by his daughter, Meranda Willoughby of Adamsville; sisters, Paty Willoughby Hooper and Mary Beth Franks, both of Savannah; brother, Jeff Willoughby of Savannah; grandchildren, Carlia Gambrell and Sawyer Gambrell; and life long friend, Rick Murphy.
In addition to his parents, Ricky was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Barlow Willoughby; and nephew, Keith Eric Essary.
Pallbearers were Wade Willoughby, Casey Willoughby, Cody Willoughby, Rick Murphy, Tony Franks, and Phil Martin, with Sawyer Gambrell as an honorary Pallbearer.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah, with Roger Hubanks officiating. Burial followed at Neill Cemetery in Savannah. Minister for the graveside service was Dewey Bottorff.