It is with heavy heart that we inform you of passing of SFFMA Past President Bryan Rickert. 

Bryan Allen Rickert, 57, of Carthage, passed away on Saturday night, April 21, 2018, in Shreveport. He was born on Nov. 13, 1960, in Chester, PA to the late Bruce Anthony and Rebecca Ann Bryan Rickert. He moved to Carthage in 1970, from Bradenton, FL and attended Carthage Schools. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Carthage Noon Lions Club. Bryan served as the Fire Marshal for the Carthage Fire Dept. from 1996, until his retirement in 2011. He also served as a Deputy Constable for the Panola County Sheriff's Dept. for many years. He later worked as a salesman for Pierce Fire Trucks and as a policeman for the City of Waskom. Bryan was currently serving as Chief of Police for Panola College. Bryan has had a passion for fire service for most of his life and has been a member of the Carthage Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 31 years. He served as an instructor from 1996 to present with NETFFA Fire School (Eastman Chemical Plant) and from 2000 to present with ESTI, Texas A&M University. He served as President of many fire protection organizations including the North East Texas Fireman's & Firefighter's Assn. (NETFFA) in 2002, the East Texas Arson Investigator Assn. from 2000-2005, and the State Fireman's & Fire Marshal's Assn. of Texas in 2011. He was a member of the ATF Arson Task Force and held multiple certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda of Carthage; son, Bryce Rickert of Galveston; step-children, Jake Irion of Maryland, Taylor Irion of Arlington, and Valerie McLaughlin and husband Mark Patrick of Carthage; brother, Curtis Rickert and wife Cindy of Bossier City; sister, Debbie Lauth and husband Danny of Newport, TN; twin-sister, Nancy Daugereau and husband Greg of Carthage; aunts, Opal Edgar and Garnetta Davidson both of Pensacola, FL and Barbara Rickert of Wenonah, NJ; and grandchildren, Carson, Kaitlyn, and Kadence. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Otto officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers are Curtis Rickert, Greg Daugereau, Danny Lauth, Greg Rickert, Steven Rickert, Jake Irion, and Taylor Irion.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are the members of the Carthage Volunteer Fire Department.

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