A.J. Ricks, lifelong resident of Brady, Tex., died Saturday, Dec. 1 at Heart of Texas Hospital at the age of 88. He was born in Lohn, Tex., on July 21, 1913, youngest son of A.J. and Bertie Hall Ricks. Eva Virginia Harris of Lampasas and A.J. married on Sept. 1, 1934. They spent 53 wonderful years committed to each other, to their family and to their Christian faith. Eva Virginia preceded him in death in 1987. Since 1935, A.J. and Eva Virginia founded several businesses in Brady, including Ricks Appliance, Ricks Chevrolet and Ricks Home Furnishings. Four generations of Ricks have shared a lifelong membership in the Brady Rotary Club, including A.J.’s father, his son, Bill, and two grandsons, Guy and Jim. A.J. was active in many civic initiatives over the years, including building the Brady Boy Scout Lodge and obtaining government approval and assistance to build Brady Lake. A.J. proudly served as deacon and lay-leader of First Baptist Church in Brady, and was co-chairman of the committee in charge of the construction of the current church building. A.J. is known to many as a quiet, wise and generous servant leader who invested his life in serving his church and his community. He is survived by four children: Ann Ricks Sheffield and husband, Buford, of Brownwood, Bill Ricks, and wife, Billie, of Brady, Carol Ricks Bowman and husband, Lee, of Arlington, and David Ricks and wife, Susan, also of Arlington. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Brady. The Ricks family requests memorial gifts be designated to First Baptist Church of Brady or the Rotary Foundation.