Leland Samuel Ricketts, 74, of Coulterville in Sale Creek, went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Hospice of Chattanooga. He was born Oct. 29, 1938 in Soddy, Tenn., to the late Clarence and Maggie Trantham Ricketts. He was also preceded by his brothers, David Ricketts and Carl Ricketts; and his sisters, Romaine Bowman and Glenda McGaha.Sam was employed with Norfolk Southern Railway as a conductor, retiring in 1998 with 30 years of service. He was a member of Coulterville Baptist Church in Sale Creek. Sam loved the Lord and was devoted to his faith and his family.He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Capps Ricketts, of Sale Creek; two daughters, Debra (Fred) Howard, of Sale Creek, and Donna Brown, of Memphis; two sons, Tim (Terri) Ricketts, of Maryville, and Tom (Betty Lowery) Ricketts, of Asheville, N.C.; sister, Marlene (Charles) Qualls, of Soddy; two brothers, Larry (Daisy) Ricketts, of Houston, Texas, and Ernie (Carol) Ricketts, of Bakewell; six grandchildren, Deena (Chris) McBeath, Laura (Brendan) Gambrel, both of Somerset, Ky., Jessica (Brian) Garner, Jennifer (Brian) Pressley, both of Asheville, N.C., Samuel C. Howard, Kelly Kirkpatrick, both of Sale Creek, Caroline Bishop, and Kenny Dyer, both of Hixson; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Donnie (Theresa) Capps, of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews.Funeral services for Sam will be held 11 a.m. Saturday morning in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Archie Poole and Rev. Bill Ewing officiating. He will be laid to rest in Varner Cemetery in Soddy.Please share your memories of Sam on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton, Tenn., where they will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.Memorial contributions may be made to Coulterville Baptist Church, Hospice of Chattanooga, or any charity of your choice.The family extends a special thank you to the doctors and nurses of Hospice of Chattanooga for their kind and loving care during Sams final days.