On June 9, 2022, the world became a little less bright when Ricky Wade Cleveland passed away at the age of 69. His presence will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of shaking his hand or hearing his stories.
Rick was born on April 22, 1953, in Hayti, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his father Alva Lee Cleveland and his mother-in-law Cordelia Taylor. Those left to cherish his memories are his mother Ava Cleveland, loving wife and best friend for 52 years, Teresa Cleveland, their children Ricky Lee Cleveland and wife Carlette, Nicole Cleveland Kyle and husband Wes Kyle, Melanie Cleveland and boyfriend Benji Dumas, grandchildren, Justin Cleveland, Makari Bradley, Colin Patterson, Graham and Presley Kyle, and great grandson Korbin Cleveland, brothers and sisters in- law, Jack and Debbie Taylor, Tim and Teresa Taylor and Mike Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews that were loved by him.
He was a hardworking man and loved his career of over 46 years in the transportation industry, impacting many along the way. He was an advocate for others and that drive led him to many positions and seats on multiple boards such as: Arcadia City Council, Justice of the Peace, Bienville Parish Hospital Board, Chairman and President of Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Louisiana Liquified Petroleum Gas Commission, member of El Karubah Shriners of Shreveport, Master of the Royal Secret of the 32 Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and a notary in multiple parishes.
He Loved Life and more than that, loved the life he had with Teresa and all the adventures they enjoyed together. He loved his dogs, Aspen and Val, who waited for him each day. He had a passion for music and loved good food and enjoyed sharing both with those around him. He never sat still and was always working on a project, the latest being their new farm. He loved his family and getting them together. Always wearing a big smile whenever grandkids were around especially when splashing around in the pool. Rick was a successful man who lived well, laughed often, loved much, gained the respect of others, and always accomplished the task. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, integrity, kindness, compassion, and giving to others and no doubt left this world a better place. God designed him perfectly to learn from and grow and continue his legacy.
Pallbearers: Alvin Minix, Bryan Procell, Chance Gantt, Clyde Barnes, Greg Forbes, Ian Courtney, Justin Brossett
Honorary Pallbearers: Charlie Dupuy, Harvey Brooks, James Normand, Joe Holloway, John Cole, Mike Knotts, Tom Turnbow, Beau Meynard
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church of Arcadia at 10:00 a.m. and Services to follow at 11:00 a.m. Reception directly following at the Church event center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Common Ground of Shreveport, 4830 Line Avenue #117, Shreveport, LA 71106.