Missionary Ricky

Ricky McClenton closes his eyes in prayer as people line up to get free toiletries and clothes from his volunteer organization called Willing Works which set up at Church Under a Bridge in Tyler on Feb. 24, 2018. McClenton is known in the community as “Missionary Ricky” for his work providing care for the homeless and elderly.

Ricky McClenton, 60, of Chandler, puts away laundry he washed for his friend Don Davis, 77, a resident at Colonial Tyler Care Center, a nursing home, on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. McClenton, commonly called by the nickname Missionary Ricky, routinely washes Davis' clothes each Sunday before serving bagged lunches at Church Under A Bridge in downtown Tyler.

Ricky McClenton of Chandler gets change for a coin washing machine as he does does laundry for his friend Don Davis, 77, a resident at Colonial Tyler Care Center, a nursing home, on Sunday March 18, 2018. McClenton routinely washes Davis' clothes each Sunday at a laundromat in downtown Tyler while he simultaneously volunteers at Church Under a Bridge.

Ricky McClenton, 60, of Chandler, does a load of laundry at Berta Laundry for his friend Don Davis, 77, a resident at Colonial Tyler Care Center, a nursing home, on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. McClenton, is known by the nickname Missionary Ricky. He routinely washes Davis' clothes each Sunday before serving bagged lunches at Church Under A Bridge in downtown Tyler.

Ricky McClenton, 60, drives his employer, Del Rose Yale, from her house in Tyler to Willow Brook County Club on March 7, 2018. McClenton is her housekeeper and has worked for her and another Tyler family for over 30 years. Ricky is a true servant in both his professional life and personal life. He devotes all his time to helping others.

Ricky McClenton, 60, pours a cup of coffee as Del Rose Yale gets a glass of water at Willow Brook County Club in Tyler on March 7, 2018. McClenton is her housekeeper of over 30 years and drives her to the country club to play Mahjongg. Ricky is a true servant in both his professional life and personal life. He devotes all his time to helping others.

Ricky McClenton helps Del Rose Yale set up her game of Mahjongg at Willow Brook County Club in Tyler on March 7, 2018. McClenton is Yale’s housekeeper of over 30 years and drives her to the country club each week so she can play Mahjongg with her friends.

Ricky McClenton visits nursing home resident McKinley Castleberry as he makes his routine Sunday rounds visiting friends on March 18, 2018. Ricky has taken several nursing home residents under his wings, visiting them weekly bringing snacks and good conversation.

Ricky McClenton, 60, places printed copies of his monthly newsletter into envelopes during a break at his housekeeping job in Tyler on March 9, 2018. McClenton sends out 500 copies of his letter, “The Missionary Corner," to friends and acquaintances. His March letter starts off with a Bible scripture, congratulates anniversaries and birthdays, recognizes the upcoming Easter holiday and ends with a reminder that March is National Nutrition Month. McClenton is known in the community as "Missionary Ricky” for his dedication to helping others.

Volunteers Ricky McClenton and Julie Dean portion loaves of donated bread into individual bags for the homeless and underserved population of Tyler residents who attended the Hunger for Love gathering on Saturday Feb. 10, 2018. Hunger for Love is a gathering every Saturday morning targeted toward the homeless and underserved populations in Tyler. It is held under the overpass bridge on Valentine St. in downtown Tyler and typically includes worship songs, fellowship, free meals and other volunteer services such as free clothing and haircuts.

Michael Kellum, Ricky McClenton and Elzie Haskett pose for a photo at the Hospice of East Texas annual banquet on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018. McClenton was honored at the event for his volunteer service at Hospice.

Ricky McClenton smiles as he is called to the podium to be honored for his volunteer work with Hospice at the Hospice of East Texas annual banquet on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018.

Ricky McClenton of Chandler waits for the clothes to stop spinning before putting them in the dryer on Sunday March 18, 2018 at a laundry mat in Tyler. Washing clothes for friends in need is one of the few times where McClenton has downtime as he waits for the laundry to finish before he’s off to his next task.

Nace Herd, center, places his hands on Ricky McClenton, left, and Shelby Collins, right, as the group of volunteers pray before serving bagged lunches at Church Under a Bridge on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. McClenton, commonly called Missionary Ricky, routinely volunteers at both Church Under a Bridge and Hunger for Love, two ministries that target the homeless and poor communities of Tyler at the bridge on Valentine Street behind the Salvation Army.

Ricky McClenton helps women search through free clothes from his volunteer organization called Willing Works which set up at Church Under a Bridge in Tyler on Feb. 24, 2018. McClenton is known in the community as “Missionary Ricky” for his work providing care for the homeless and elderly.

Elzie Haskett and Ricky McClenton of the volunteer group Willing Workers carry in toilet paper and bags of clothes to give away to people in need at Church Under a Bridge in Tyler on Feb. 24, 2018. McClenton is known in the community as “Missionary Ricky” for his work providing care for the homeless and elderly.

Ricky McClenton carries Del Rose Yale’s purse as they head to her car to leave for the day on March 7, 2018. McClenton is Yale’s housekeeper of over 30 years.

Ricky McClenton takes Del Rose Yale to her weekly game of Mahjongg at Willow Brook County Club in Tyler on March 7, 2018. McClenton is Yale’s housekeeper of over 30 years.

Ricky McClenton, 60, of Chandler, gives a Dr. Pepper and crackers to his friend Don Davis, 77, a resident at Colonial Tyler Care Center, a nursing home, on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. McClenton, commonly called Missionary Ricky, routinely washes Davis' clothes each Sunday before serving bagged lunches at Church Under A Bridge in downtown Tyler.

Ricky McClenton, 60, hands out water as other volunteers pass out bagged lunches to people attending the service at Church Under a Bridge on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. McClenton, commonly called Missionary Ricky, routinely volunteers at both Church Under a Bridge and Hunger for Love, two ministries that target the homeless and poor communities of Tyler at the bridge on Valentine Street behind the Salvation Army.

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Ricky McClenton, age 60, has the heart of a true servant. When he’s not working his day job as a house keeper he’s out in the community volunteering at Hospice, visiting the elderly in nursing homes and feeding the homeless in both Tyler, Texas and Dallas.