Ricky Allen McDaniel, 52, of Hamburg passed away on July 3, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

He was was born on May 18, 1964 to Billy (Beady) McDaniel and Patsy Simpson.

Mr. McDaniel was an avid Star Wars fan. Anything regarding space brought him joy. He loved to draw, paint, and color intricate spaceships, and he loved giving his art work to friends and family as gifts. He enjoyed giving to others, even if the gift was something as simple as a key chain, he was happy to give and share his things.

He was a Christian and was raised to love the Lord by “Mama Faye” and Uncle Buck. His family was very special to him, and he always enjoyed getting to come home on holidays and special occasions to spend time with them. Even though he was unable to be as close to his brothers, mother, and daughter as he would have liked, he always spoke of his pride and love for them. He was a proud grandfather, as well.

Mr. McDaniel was preceded in death by his father, Billy McDaniel, paternal grandparents, Warren and Ester McDaniel, maternal grandparents, Dooley and Loene Johnson, and his guardian angel, Mama Faye Johnson.

He is survived by his Uncle Buck who raised him as his own; his “rock,” Aunt Susie Bolin; a daughter, Melinda Wallice; two grandchildren; his mother, Patsy Simpson; six siblings, Donnie, Ron, and Tim Simpson, Mike Herrington, Linda Rushing, and a loving caregiver and sister, Kaye Alonzo. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Graveside services will be held on July 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett.