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Richard "Ricky" Harold Nowell, 53, of Woodbine, former owner and operator of Now-Co Construction, crossed our Savior’s finish line on Jan. 30, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jean Rowan Siniard, and sister, Rhonda Jean Lord.

Born on April 5, 1965, in Marietta, Ricky enjoyed many things in his life, No. 1 being the love of racing. He always wanted to go fast and play around with cars. As a young man, he loved putting together model cars. He built, owned and drove a race car at Golden Isles Raceway and in Waycross. His car was No. 24. He was also crew chief for his good friend Rick Post's No. 72 Superstreet Camaro.

Also as a young man, he tinkered in wood work and wood burning. He had great skills as a carpenter. He could build almost anything from nothing. Whether it be a house or a custom porch and stairs, he did it with pride and precision. He also enjoyed detailing his cars and shining the chrome on the motorcycle. Here recently, he was learning how to operate drones and model airplanes. Sometimes Ricky was a hard man to love, that just made us love him more.
Survivors still in the race are his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. Nowell of Dallas, Ga.; three daughters, Candice (Josh) Brownlee of Woodbine, Daphne Nowell of PCB, Fla., Ashlie Nowell of Augusta and his son, Bradly H. Nowell of Kingsland; five grandchildren, Jaden, Micah, J.J., Austin and Alexis; sister, Dixie (Jody) Chauncey of Lakeland; stepsister, Penny Crider of Dallas; stepbrother, Eddie Jones of  Dallas; good friend and second dad, Clifton and Elaine Roberson of Woodbine. A special thank you to dedicated friends Fred Arnold and Michelle Arnold, both of St. Marys and one furbaby, Ms. Kitty. Ricky also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, good friends and some good-looking roofs and trim work around southeast Georgia.

Per Ricky's request, he will be cremated with no formal service. A memorial/celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at 727 W. Third St. in Woodbine. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American heart or cancer foundations.

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