Ralph Edward Tickle, or Papaw as his grandchildren called him, passed away the morning of December 4th, 2020 at the age of 92. He was born on April, 4th 1928 in Pulaski County, Virginia. He is survived by his two children, Carol Walters and Dennis Tickle, his grandchildren, Kelli Walters and Traci Terry, and his beautiful great granddaughters, Liliana and Eleanora. He is preceded in death by his wife Lois Runion Tickle, his parents John E. and Stella B. Tickle, and his son-in-law Steve Walters.
Ralph was a member of Thornspring United Methodist Church for 81 years as well as a long-term member of the local Ruritan club. Before retiring, he traveled for 40 years as a paint sales representative and received recognition as salesman of the month and salesman of the year during this time. He always had a story to tell about his time as a salesman or about when he was a child, if you sat down with him and listened. He loved to tend to his vast vegetable garden, cheered on the Hokies, enjoyed a good Nascar race, and adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Thornspring United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pulaski County, Virginia on Tuesday, December 8th at 1:00 PM with Reverend Teresa Tolbert officiating. The family requests anyone in attendance wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Thornspring United Methodist Church in Pulaski, Virginia, Joy Ranch in Woodlawn, Virginia, or New River Valley Senior Services in Fairlawn, Virginia.
Arrangements provided by Stevens Funeral Home Pulaski, Virginia.