Veteran seeks permanent memorial to honor soldier

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Two military veterans have asked city leaders for a permanent memorial to honor Staff Sgt. William S. “Seth” Ricketts, who was killed last month in Afghanistan.
Retired National Guardsman Bobby McDaniel and Gulf War veteran Gentry Parker asked the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday to name a Corinth street in Ricketts’ honor, or place his name on a plaque at Corinth’s Honor Garden.
Seth Ricketts’ father, Bill Ricketts, his father-in-law, the Rev. Warren Jones, sister Tiffany Sneed and brother Ben Ricketts, were at the meeting and expressed their appreciation for the community’s ongoing support.
Mayor Jerry Latch said the recommendation would be taken under advisement, and a response would be given to the family as soon as possible.
“I was just driving down the road and the idea hit me like a ton of bricks,” McDaniel said in a later interview.
McDaniel and Parker had worked together on a fundraising project for Seth Ricketts’ widow and children that brought in $9,300. Parker solicited florists to donate large yellow ribbons to sell at $5 each, with proceeds to go to the family.
McDaniel initially proposed that a street be named a memorial street for Seth Ricketts without changing its official name, but later realized how confusing that might be.
What is in the works now, he said, is to obtain formal approval from the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors to name the Kimberly-Clark access road for the sergeant when construction is completed.
With the board’s approval state Rep. Bubba Carpenter would introduce the bill in the 2011 legislative session.
“Whatever the city decides to do, the family will go along with,” McDaniel said. “They have been very humbled by everything that people have done.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.