OBITUARY

Clarence Neville Hicks

March 11, 1928June 16, 2021
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Clarence Neville Hicks - "Smokey" of Amherst, Virginia, born March 11, 1928, went to be with his lord at the age of 93 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at his home with his immediate family at his bedside.

Smokey was born in Amherst County, Virginia, to Effie Hicks and James Branham.

Smokey proudly served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force with many years of service. During his service, Smokey was active in the Korean War, and received several medals, including the Victory Medal of Germany, the United Nations Medal of Germany, and the Purple Heart Medal.

After being discharged from the military, Smokey proudly began working for Crown Cork & Seal on July 26, 1971, and retired April 1, 1988, after 17 years of service. While working for Crown Cork & Seal, he proudly drove 2,750,000 miles. During his time at Crown Cork and Seal, Smokey developed a lifelong friendship with Fred Lawson and Norvella of Salisbury, MD, Phil Compton, and wife Freda of Joppa, MD, and Jack Nelson and Mary of Joppa, MD.

Smokey was a member of the Monacan Indian Nation; he was proud of his Native American heritage and looked forward to attending the tribe's annual Homecoming and Pow-Wow.

Nothing was more valuable to Smokey than family and friends. Smokey is preceded in death by his parents James and Effie, grandson Donald Ray Hicks and son Tony Garland Hicks, and several brothers and a sister.

Smokey is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 53 years, "Bonnie Lou," his sons Gary Hicks of White Hall, MD, Marty Hicks and wife Patricia of Abingdon, MD, James Ronald Hicks, and wife Jo of Fort Worth, TX, and Michael Hicks of Franklin, TN. Grandchildren; Joseph Hicks, Faith Hicks, Christopher Hicks, and Timothy Baker. In addition, Smokey is survived by the two apples of his eye, Roran James Mirams "run" and his "curly-headed baby" Emma Rae Mirams. In addition, Smokey is survived by numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Monday, June 21, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., followed by Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m. at Whitten Monelison Chapel, 3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, Va. Friends and family are invited to join the family to celebrate Smokey's life following the service at Monacan Nation Hall, 111 Highview Drive, Madison Heights, Va.

The family would like to especially thank the staff of Kindred Hospice, the Visiting Angels, and the Monacan Nation for their support. Those wishing to donate, please consider the Monacan Indian Nation, Madison Height, Va.

Dad was the key to our home and the heartbeat of our family.

Services

  • Visitation prior to service

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 21, 2021

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Faith Hicks

July 5, 2021

Poppa I still can't believe your gone you were my rock I miss you so much

Rebecca Gilbert

June 21, 2021

I'm so sorry for your families loss! I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Hicks for many years. I loved talking to him while he visited the VA Clinic.

My prayers are with your family!

Becky

Joycelyn Lyn-Kew

June 21, 2021

Gary,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I certainly see your face in your fathers pictures, I’m sure he was so proud of all your accomplishments. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

Charles Neustadt

June 21, 2021

Gary,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Even though he had a long life, it is always difficult to say goodby to a parent.
My thoughts are with you.
Charles


Karen Thompson

June 21, 2021

Gary,
I am so sorry for your loss. From what you have told me your father seemed like a great man. I know you loved him very much. Sending prayers to you, your mother and the rest of your family at this most difficult time.
Karen Thompson ♥️

Charlene Harrod-Owuamana

June 21, 2021

My condolences and prayers with you and your family at this time.

Emalie Gibbons Baker

June 21, 2021

Gary, My heart breaks for you and your family. Your dad sounded like a very special man. Thank you for sharing his life with us. I do hope you will share some more about him and the Monacan Indian Nation. What a treasured heredity. Sending many hugs. Emalie

Wilma Sinar

June 19, 2021

To the Hicks family I am so sorry for your lost I do not know you in person but I feel I do through the words and love of your brother and son Gary.
My love and prayers to all of you as a family
Love ❤️ Wilma

arelene staples

June 19, 2021

In precious memories of the best brother in law {Smokey Hicks {. I will miss you my friend you were such a kind hearted and unselfish man ,kind words and a helping hand to each and everyone you came in contact with .So until we meet again some sweet day may you R I P with your loved ones .

Bonnie Hicks

June 19, 2021

I will forever miss you honey my heart is so crushed R IP Always loved I’m one day closer to seeing you again

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