OBITUARY

Lorraine A. Hicks

December 15, 1929February 9, 2021

Hicks, Lorraine A. 91 of Knoxville, TN passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021. She retired as a scrub technician after 27 years at UT Medical Center. Lorraine was preceded in death by four of her children. She is survived by children, Paul (Diane) Hicks, Susie Anderson, Cindy Hicks, Connie (Tim) Smith, Ann Davidson; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Leo Howard; several nieces and nephews. Celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Services

6 March

Celebration of Life

5:00 pm

West Haven Baptist Church

5651 Matlock Dr
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921

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Lorraine A. Hicks

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Geraldine Johnson

February 12, 2021

Praying for the family. Lorraine worked for me at UT Hospital in Surgery..she was an excellent employee....and friend...I have many pleasant memories of her and her loyalty to being an excellent surgical tech...Rest in Peace my friend...

Love Geraldine Johnson

Pleas Copas, MD

February 12, 2021

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Hicks. She was a sweet lady and I enjoyed working with her at UT Hospital. My condolences to her family.

Bennie Lail

February 11, 2021

Knew Hicks for over 40 years.Our trip to Mexico was so much fun.Our many Cades Cove runs.Many many memories.Makes me smile.RIP friend You almost made it to 110!Much love to your family.

Jacqueline Conzemius

February 11, 2021

I always enjoyed working with Ms Hicks in the heart room in surgery and even took care of her during times when she needed surgery herself. Sending comforting thoughts and prayers as you celebrate a great soul and life.

M. JANE Chipser

February 10, 2021

Shannon, I loved this woman! Whether working together in the OR or as a patient, she always made me laugh! Prayers for your family!

Janet Vaughn

February 10, 2021

To the Hicks Family,
Please know that your family is in our Thoughts and Prayers. I sure will miss talking with Ms. Lorraine on the phone. We was such a sweet little lady and she will be missed by the credit union staff at the hospital.
Janet Vaughn and staff
UT Federal Credit Union
Hospital Branch

Richard Easterday

February 10, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Ms. Hicks. May God be with you in this time of grief.

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Biography

Lorraine A. Hicks was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Lorraine always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Lorraine was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Lorraine was born on December 15, 1929 at Verda Coal Mining Camp in Verda, Kentucky. Her parents were Henry Jefferson and Mae Davidson Ayers. Lorraine was raised in Pineville/Middlesboro, Kentucky. Always able to express herself well, Lorraine possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Lorraine was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Lorraine was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Lorraine was raised with two siblings. She had one older brother, Leo Howard and one younger sister, Alice Ayers Stigall. Lorraine had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Lorraine showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Lorraine enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In her spare time she liked to read and play with her sister and brother.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Lorraine was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English.

      Friends and acquaintances found Lorraine an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Lorraine was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life, she became friends with Bennie Lial, Jane Hudson, Jean Elliott, Carlene and many more.

      On May 24, 1947 Lorraine exchanged wedding vows with Thurman Clifford Hicks in Rossville, Georgia. Lorraine was attentive to Cliff's feelings, and she charmed Cliff and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Lorraine was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Lorraine identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Lorraine was blessed with nine children, four sons, Joseph Paul, Allen, Richard and Michael and five daughters, Suzie, Karen, Cindy, Connie, and Anne. They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, Paul Kelly, John, Brandi, Shenna, Karen, Jeffrey, Michael, Richie, Shannon, Tiffany, Da'myia, Mary Violet, and Anna; great grandchildren, Delaney, Lexie, Katherine, Kaiden, Bryson, Matthew, Mick, Benji ,Morgan, and Riley.

      Lorraine was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Lorraine’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Lorraine was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Lorraine could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was surgical scrub techincian. She was employed for 27 years by UT Medical Center.

      Lorraine enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were traveling with her retiree friends, picnics in Cades Cove and reading. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

       She was enthusiastic and confident. She loved to go out dancing and when her girls were younger, she taught them all how to dance watching American Bandstand on Saturdays. Lorraine was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were UT Football.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Lorraine truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included beach vacations and New England in the Fall.

      Lorraine was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Lorraine’s favorites was Tampa, a Doberman Pincher dog. They were best friends for 17 years. Her family was rounded out by her favorite cats, Charlie and Tucker.

      When Lorraine’s retirement finally came in 1995, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved relocating to Knoxville, Tennessee from Maryville, Tennessee. In retirement, she found new pleasure in reading, spending time with her retiree friends and family.

      Lorraine passed away on February 9, 2021 at home in Knoxville, Tennessee due to Heart failure. She is survived by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Services were held at West Haven Baptist Church 5651 Matlock Dr. Knoxville, TN 37921.

      Lorraine was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Lorraine had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Lorraine A. Hicks.