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Howard Kenneth Hicks

March 11, 1927September 14, 2020

Howard Kenneth Hicks, 93, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at his residence. He was born on March 11, 1927 in Sullivan County to the late Lula and Robert Hicks. Howard served in the US Army during World War II. After the war, he worked for 30 plus years for Mason-Dixon Freight Lines as a mechanic until his retirement. In his off time, Howard enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and was loved by all his friends and neighbors.

Besides his parents, Howard is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Ann Hicks; sisters, Flora Dunn and Barbara Hicks; and brothers, Dale and Herman Hicks.

Those left to cherish Howard’s memory include his daughter, Shelia Bellamy; sons, Howard Hicks, Jr. and wife Lynn and Bryan David Hicks; grandchildren, Lori Rau, and Bobby Hicks and wife Cristy; great-grandchildren, Skylar and Turner Rau; and sister, Hazel Slaughter.

A private family funeral service will be at East Lawn Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Will Shewey and military rites conveyed by the American Legion Post 3/265.


  • Shelia Bellamy, Daughter
  • Howard Hicks, Jr. and wife Lynn and Bryan David Hicks, Sons
  • Lori Rau, and Bobby Hicks and wife Cristy, Grandchildren
  • Skylar and Turner Rau, Great-Grandchildren
  • Hazel Slaughter, Sister
  • Ruth Ann Hicks, Wife of 65 years (deceased)
  • Lula and Robert Hicks, Parents (deceased)
  • Flora Dunn and Barbara Hicks, Sisters (deceased)
  • Dale and Herman Hicks, Brothers (deceased)

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Howard Kenneth Hicks

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Jack Mcnutt

September 16, 2020

Praying for you all

Lori Rau

September 15, 2020

My grandfather...there is so much I could say about him but what comes to mind is he was so kind, caring and so very patient especially with us crazy grandkids. He was a story teller and loved to tell us the story about Billy Goat Gruff and many others. I remember us helping him in the yard and him pinching that Agner change purse open to hand us a quarter so we could walk or bike to 7-11 and get a treat. I remember countless fishing trips and countless sleepovers. I don’t think he ever liked it when I took his place in bed but he never said a word because he knew that was mine and grandma’s time. We played Rummy (he was the best) and solitaire and he taught me how to shuffle cards. We sat out under the tree and widdleled and picked apples from their apple trees and vegetables out of the garden and he would hand me the first turnip. So many memories I can’t share them all but he was and is so loved! One of my favorites is him coming to pick Bobby and I up early from school and going out riding in the snow in some little car he had and doing a 360 on the ice and stopping right under a huge willow tree....we laughed so hard and he got us home safe (we were actually just driving around playing in the snow in that little car). I’ll never forget the smell of that sweet old Chevy truck of his and I will never forget him and all of our memories and just wanted to share a few.


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