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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Govin P. Hickman

January 6, 1936July 21, 2019

Govin Portor Hickman, 83, went home to be with his Lord in the early morning hours of Sunday (July 21, 2019) following an extended illness. Govin was born on January 6, 1936 in Kingsport, TN to the late Charles “Tobe” and Rosa (Gross) Hickman.

Govin was employed as a salesman with East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park for 27 years, and with Kingsport Press for 31 years, from which he retired in 1999.

Govin was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of Christian Life Center of the Tri-Cities for 39 years. He was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, neighbor, and friend.

In addition to his parents, Govin was preceded in death by four sisters, Leach Couch, Lois Ryans, Nannie Hickman, and infant sister, Alice Hickman; and one great-granddaughter, Emersyn Hickman.

Govin is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Wanda (Roberts) Hickman; beloved mother-in-law, Zella Roberts; brother, Jerry Hickman & wife Barbara; two sisters, Evelyn Arnold & husband John and Rita Hickman; two sons, Charles Hickman & wife Linda, and Tim Hickman & wife Krisanne; one daughter, Rosezella Tharp & husband Jayme; nine grandchildren, Andy Hickman & wife Alecia, Derenda Hickman, Sharlyn Pierce & husband Tyler, Spencer Hickman & wife Amber, Jami Marie Frazier & husband Barrett, Katelyn Tharp, Logan Tharp & wife Lexi, Holly Ward & husband Andy, and Hilary Helton; three great-grandchildren, MaKayla Ward, Peyton Ramsey, and Canaan Hickman (due in November)’ along with several nieces, nephews, brother-in-law’s, and sister-in-law’s.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday (July 23, 2019) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christian Life Center of the Tri-Cities (2401 John B Dennis By-Pass Kingsport, TN). Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Jeremy Damesworth officiating, son-in-law, Jayme Tharp delivering the eulogy, and Rev. James Greever and Rev. Eddie Johnson speaking.

Committal services will be held on Wednesday (July 24, 2019) at 11 a.m. in the Garden of Hope at East Lawn Memorial Park. Govin’s sons, grandsons, and brother Jerry Hickman will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a grateful thank you to the 5th floor nursing staff at Indian Path Medical Center for the loving and compassionate care they gave Govin during his stay.

Online condolences may be made to the Hickman family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Hickman family.

  • FAMILY

  • Wanda (Roberts) Hickman, Wife of 61 years
  • Zella Roberts, Mother-in-law
  • Jerry Hickman and wife Barbara, Brother
  • Evelyn Arnold and husband John and Rita Hickman, Two sisters
  • Charles Hickman and wife Linda and Tim Hickman and wife Krisanne, Two sons
  • Rosezella Tharp and husband Jayme, Daughter
  • Andy Hickman and wife Alecia, Derenda Hickman, Sharlyn Pierce and husband Tyler, Spencer Hickman and wife Amber, Jami Marie Frazier and husband Barrett, Katelyn Tharp, Logan Tharpe and wife Lexi, Holly Ward and husband Andy, and Hilary Helton, Nine- grandchildren
  • Makayla Ward, Peyton Ramsey, and Canaan Hickman (due in November), Three great-grandchildren
  • several nieces, nephews, brother-in-law's, and sister-in-law's, Family
  • Charles "Tobe" and Rosa (Gross) Hickman, Parents- Deceased
  • Leach Couch, Lois Ryans, Nannie Hickman and infant sister, Alice Hickman, Four sister- Deceased
  • Emersyn Hickman, One great-granddaughter- Deceased
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Govin's sons
  • Grandsons
  • Brother Jerry Hickman

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Memories

Govin P. Hickman

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Sharon Hatcher

July 23, 2019

Phil and I are so sorry for the passing of your loved one. You could tell what a wonderful Christian man he was by just looking at how he conducted himself and the love and joy he showed his family and those of us who were fortunate enough to meet him. May the Lord give you comfort in the coming days that only He can. Sharon and Phil Hatcher

Nikki Calhoun

July 23, 2019

Bro.Hickman was a man of many smiles, great faith and amazing Bro.In Christ. He never had a cross word to say about anyone and always had this sweet demeanor who loved to laugh.

I can't say enough about this man because the English language has no equal to what he meant to everyone he came into contact with each and every day.

My heart hurts for everyone who knew him, of him and never got to meet him. He was that amazing and still is that amazing. I'm sure we are all probably a sweet afterthought of what once was but the Lord has him now. So, all those compelling tears of loss can now be transformed into tears of great joy that this man...this wonderful Bro. in Christ, is now with Our Father in Heaven.

Angels are rejoicing! He went home to a love we can never be able to fathom or comprehend..it's that's wonderful! I can picture him in my mind now...smiling from ear to ear. Rejoice dear brother...You Made It!

Bro.Hickman, You will be missed but always and forever in our hearts.

Paul & Sallie Cookenour

July 23, 2019

Bro. Hickman has been a family friend for many years.
We hope you find comfort in knowing that this special man will never be forgotten. He will live forever in the memory of all who knew and loved him. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Tim Cormier

July 23, 2019

We are so sorry to learn of Bro. Hickman's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. We send our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to all the friends and family. May our Lord Jesus give you comfort and peace by His Spirit as you mourn the loss of your precious loved one.

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
Bristol, Tennessee

Shane and Vanessa Boggs

July 23, 2019

Sorry for your loss, Heaven got a little sweeter with his home coming. A very special man of God. We love this family dearly. He is going to be truly missed at church...

Mike Street

July 22, 2019

SIS. HICKMAN , I'M SO SORRY ABOUT BRO. HICKMANS PASSING . BUT TO KNOW HE'S NOT SUFFERING ANY MORE GIVES SOME COMFORT , AND TO KNOW WHERE HE IS RESTING NOW , OH MY THAT DOES MAKE THE PAIN OF HIS PASSING SOME WHAT EASIER TO BARE . JEAN & I HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY IN THE TRYING DAYS THAT ARE AHEAD AND IN THE DAYS MOVING FORWARD . BRO. HICKMAN WAS SUCH A PRECIOUS MAN IT WAS A PRIVILAGE AND HONOR TO CALL HIM A BROTHER & FRIEND IN CHRIST . GOD BLESS .

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY