Richard “Ricky” Marshall Gillespie

July 19, 1990 - October 07, 2020

Richard “Ricky” Marshall Gillespie, 30, of Floyd, went to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Ricky was full of life, had a vibrant personality and a sweet soul that made everyone love him. Ricky didn’t have a lot of hobbies but the one he did he was dedicated to. Ricky spent most of his time either working on or driving a race car at local short tracks, specifically Franklin County Speedway. Ricky lived life to the fullest. He was out to have a good time, all the time and if you were around him you were going to have a good time. Win, lose or draw Ricky was determined to make sure that everyone around him was laughing and having a good time. Ricky was a one of a kind soul that enriched every life he touched. A person such as Ricky is a rarity and everyone who knew him will admit he made a lasting impression on their lives. He will be deeply missed but his legacy will live on. Ricky was preceded in death by his Mema Lynn, Pawpaw Gene and his Mema Alma. In addition to his friends and fans left to cherish his memory are his mother, Kim and Stephen Schwenk, his father Bobby Gillespie and Candy Nichols, his siblings Caitlin and Tanner, his niece Amelia, his best friend Taylor Jo Thompson, his daughter Layla, his uncle Ernie and Teresa, his cousins Conner, Bradley and Brandon, and his Joyce Racing family. Visitation will be held beginning at 3pm on October 12, 2020 at Gardner Funeral Home in Floyd. A graveside service will be held at 11am on October 13, 2020 at Cannaday Cemetery, and family will receive friends afterwards at Franklin County Speedway. If you choose to come to the services, please wear a face mask inside of the facilities due to COVID-19.

Guest book

Michael wood

Stuart va
October 10, 2020

thoughts are with u all he will be missed always spoke to me at any race track we was at racing

Haley Lang

Roanoke va
October 10, 2020

Michelle Slusher

High Point, NC
October 10, 2020

My son from another mother I will miss our phone calls and chats. You will be deeply missed. My condolences to everyone you touched. You are loved and will be missed by so many.

Lisa Caldwell

October 10, 2020

You will be missed Ricky, you was always a sweet heart to everyone, don’t think you had a mean bone in your body. Fly high .

Teresa Gillespie

Floyd county
October 10, 2020

Love and miss you so much.

Tony and Kim Housman

Henry, VA
October 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to your family. May Heavenly Father bless you all with peace and comfort. Love , Teacher and Tony

Eddie Conner

Bent Mountain, Va
October 10, 2020

My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Bobby and family. I can not begin to understand the loss of a child. I pray the the lord will hold each of you tight and provide comfort in the days to come.

Sandra Ratliff

Floyd, VA
October 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss.

Christy Sheppard

Roanoke va
October 10, 2020

Ricky will truly be missed. He was one of a kind. My son and I will miss seeing him on our Saturday night trips to Franklin County Speedway.

Rett smith

Huddlesston va
October 10, 2020

So sorry for the loss my condolences to the family I remember Ricky when he was a little one I got to watch his start

Debbie Gallagher

Floyd VA,,,,
October 11, 2020

So sorry for your loss sweet lady praying for you and your family.

Cecil Gillespie

Roanoke, Va.
October 11, 2020

Melody & Larry Gillespie

Portland, TN
October 11, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Ricky passing. Praying for peace that surpasses understanding for you all. May your memories bring you comfort.

Lee Jackson Forrest
October 11, 2020

I would like to send my respects to the Gillespie Family as a spectator at Franklin County Speedway I watched Ricky Race There he will be missed may God speed .

Glen P Barber

October 11, 2020

Praying for the family and friends

Susan Steele

October 12, 2020

Kim and sorry to hear about Ricky's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bentley Ferris

Floyd, Va
October 12, 2020

Gone way too soon! Godspeed Ricky!! Sympathies & condolences Bobby & Candy

Linda nester

October 12, 2020

I watched Ricky and my grandson race every weekend . He and Raymond Nester are racing in heaven ! Raymond's grandfather Raymond nester watched these boys race every weekend . And we proud of them both god. Has put these Two. Young men in heaven ! Rickey was dedicated to his. Great father for helping him live a great life .. Love from Linda Nester and family !

Peyton Sayers

Radford Va
October 13, 2020

Ricky was always a pleasure to be around at the race track definitely kept us laughing whether the night was good or bad he is certainly going to be missed my thoughts and prayers are with bobby and the entire family

Ruth Cregger

Hardy, VA
October 13, 2020

My sincere sympathy to Kim , Bobby and all of Rickys family, such a tragic loss.. he was a special guy to many... my family included, prayers for healing to you all!