Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

5800 W 12Th St, Little Rock, AR


Tilma Hicks

June 19, 1924October 8, 2019
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Tilma Hicks, age 95, of Jacksonville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 8th, 2019. She was born June 19th, 1924 in Prattsville, Arkansas to Nellie and Tilman Holiman, one of nine siblings. A true Christian woman, she was a charter member of Geyer Springs First Baptist church, and later in life, she became a member of Jacksonville Second Baptist Church. Tilma, a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell, met the love of her life, Harvey while working there. Her proudest accomplishments were her children; Andy, Victor, and Nancy, and she loved being surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, her husband, son Victor, and granddaughter Tollie. She is survived by; her children, Andy (Darlene), Nancy Jauernig (Bill), daughter-in-law, Karen Hicks, grandchildren, Jacob Hicks (Reda), Brandy Owen (Donnie), Drew Hicks, Victoria Brazeal (Ty), six great grandchildren and a host of many friends.

A graduate of Mabelvale High School, she worked the switchboards for the phone company, then became a full time homemaker after her marriage in 1947. Tilma returned in 1974 to SW Bell, investigating long distance fraud. She retired in 1986, enjoying time fishing and gardening with Harvey.

A celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m. Monday, October 14, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home, 5800 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR, with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Pastor Al Graham will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to her devoted caregiver and companion for many years, Anita Riley. Also, a special thanks to Candice Simmer and Baptist Hospice.


  • Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, October 14, 2019


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Steve Hulsey

October 15, 2019

Nancy, I am sorry for your loss.

Shirlee Reeves

October 14, 2019

What a blessing to know this wonderful, kind soul. Her beautiful mind always sharp, always had a saying that could bring a smile to your face in an instant. Really couldn't have a bad day around Ms. Tilma.. She loved being around family and friends. Love her family dearly, she will be missed by all that had the blessing of knowing her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they find strength in the midst of grief and heavy hearts. She has that smile right now as she is with her Heavenly Father. We love you dearly and you will always be remembered. Pat & Shirlee

Wanda Nall

October 13, 2019

So sorry to hear of Tilma’s passing . I worked with Her at SWB.I went to visit her & Harvey often when they lived LR. Considered her my friend.I spoke to her on phone not too long ago. She was truly a sweet sweet lady!

Patricia McBurnett

October 13, 2019

So sorry to hear about Tilma passing. Prayers to the family. I met her many years ago. She worked with my sister at Southwestern Bell. She gave me her Chicken and Dumplings recipe. I have been making the Chicken and Dumplings several times a year ever since. My family loves them, especially my daughter. 🙏🙏

Nancy Jauernig

October 12, 2019

There aren't no words to describe what I feel right now. It just doesn't seem real. She was the best mom anyone could ever be blessed with. What an amazing woman of God. She taught us kids how to love and what having faith in God meant. She was for sure the glue that kept the family together. I don't know what I will do without her but God will get me and everyone that loved her through. She is rejoicing with our Lord and Savior and all the ones that went before her. i love you Mom.

Frances Love

October 11, 2019

Hicks Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Miss Tilma's passing she was such a sweetheart and loved her family dearly. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

Karen Hicks

October 11, 2019

She treated me like one of her own, and her love was always unconditional. Love you Tilma, I know now you’re having a heavenly reunion

Deana Grimes / Waldrop

October 10, 2019

As a child I loved to hang with Nancy. Her mom was so kind and loving to us kids, when we were at her home. She fed us some chili with cheese one time., inviting us to family dinner. She always seemed to have a nack for making you feel like you were one of her beloved kids. She would listen to you and give you good advice. I am so grateful that I had the priviledge of knowing such a generous, kind, and loving woman.

Patti Yager

October 10, 2019

Ms.Tilma was the sweetest lady ever she always was happy to see me stop by and would ask me to sit and talk....She will defiantly be missed..... I loved hearing all the crazy things and wild things she would say....

Laura Crowder

October 10, 2019

Hey Boss,
You did good. You stayed patient and positive.
She knew you were there all the way till the end. <3