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Meek Lester Hicks III

January 30, 1963January 6, 2021

Meek Lester (Buddy) Hicks, III went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 6th , 2021, at Catawaba Valley Medical Center from complications of COVID-19. He was born on January 30th, 1963, to parents Meek Lester (Bud) Hicks, Jr. and Mary Claire Wood Hicks. He is preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandparents Meek Lester Hicks, Sr. and Lois Frances Burleson Hicks and maternal grandparents Rev. Theodore Poe Wood and Mary Pauline White Wood. He will be remembered and survived by, his loving wife of nine years Mrs. Deborah Tonnette Coffman Hicks and children Daniel Meek Hicks, MaKayla Lynn Hicks, Abby Naomi Hicks and stepchildren Jason Scott King, Christopher Robert King, Matthew Lee Jimerson, Adam Daniel Jimerson, Jeremy Paul Jimerson and Rachel Ann Jimerson. He is further survived by his loving partners in crime sisters Mrs. Sherry Hileman and husband Gary of Columbia, TN, Mrs. Mary Minturn and husband David of Oak Ridge, TN and Mrs. Ellen McGowan and husband Travis of Sweetwater, TN. He is also survived by his aunts, Mrs. Martha Wood Eaves and husband Ed of Chattanooga, TN and DeLois Hicks Anderson and husband Sam of Kingsport, TN and uncles Rev. Joel Wood and wife Diane of Chattanooga, TN, Dr. J. Barry Wood and wife Diane of Pinson, AL along with cousins Dee Dee Anderson and husband Dr. Daniel Dietrich of Kingsport TN. Additional survivors include his special nieces Mrs. Amanda Fuller, Columbia, TN, Mrs. Ashley Pelfrey, Franklin, TN, Dr. Emily Bivens, Sweetwater, TN, Mrs. Beth Hawkins, Sweetwater, TN and special nephews Mr. Adam Hileman, Nashville TN, Rev. Kurt Montooth, Frankford, KY and Mr. Dylan McGowan, Sweetwater, TN along with numerous great nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Bud, as he was commonly known, graduated from Madisonville High school in 1981 and after several years joined the Navy in December of 1988. He served his country in the Gulf War on the USS Spruance out of Mayport Florida and was honorably discharged on September 19th, 1992. He worked for many years at Advanced Automation in Greenville, South Carolina until having a stroke which left him unable to work. Though unable to work he continued to serve the Lord he loved by remaining very active as a member of the Mountainview Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina. He served in the food pantry and provided technical support for the church’s Audio- Video systems. He was dedicated to witnessing to everyone he met; even while in the emergency room waiting to be admitted with COVID-19, he witnessed to people. He was passionate about winning people to his Lord. Due to the need to be safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private viewing was held at Hickory Funeral home in Hickory North Carolina followed by cremation. A Celebration of Life service will be held by the family at a later date.


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Ronald Mills

January 11, 2021

My oldest friend. There were four of us- Buddy, Johnny, Mary and me- in the nursery together at the First Baptist Church, and I don’t know which one I met first. We grew up together, the four of us, and though I haven’t seen any of them in while (Buddy probably the longest), this still hurts- a lot. May God bless his family, and may they take comfort in knowing that his inheritance in the kingdom of God was secured a long time ago. I know because I was there.

Karen Rasnake Ballentine

January 9, 2021

Buddy was such a nice young man in high school. I went out with him a few times , always enjoyed his company. He was a true friend when I needed one. I ll always think of him with misty eyes.

regina carl

January 9, 2021

So sorry to hear about Buddy's passing. I met Buddy at Hiwassee college and he was a good friend to me when I needed it. I will be praying for the family.

Susie McCurry Ellis

January 8, 2021

I remember Buddy from high school, as well as through attending church.. He was always so sweet and kind to me.. And, he had a beautiful and cheerful smile..

I know the loss of a brother.. It's a pain that doesn't go away.. I pray God's presence can be felt so that all his family and friends will receive the support and courage they need through these difficult times..

When times are difficult, remember Buddy has been reunited with his parents.. What a celebration they must be having - surrounded by Heaven's Choir and walking the Streets of Gold!

Tammy Bailey Hooper

January 8, 2021

Buddy, you were a good guy! Thank you for your service to our great country. Praying for your sisters Sherry, Mary, and Ellen. 🙏🏼 RIP in the arms of Jesus!