Elliott Sons Funeral Home

4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA


Ernest Eugene Hicks

July 6, 1932May 13, 2020
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After living a lifetime of service to the Lord, his family and his friends, Ernest Eugene Hicks, went home to be with his Father on May 13, 2020. Ernest was born the second of four sons to parents Edward and Florrie Hicks, July 6, 1932 in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Beach Cuyler High School and immediately joined the United States Army where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. After leaving the military, he went on to study at Savannah State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Education. While attending Savannah State University he pledged and became of member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He later attended Fordham University and graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree. He was a member of The Meek Baptist Church and later joined St. Paul Baptist Church in Harlem, New York and served faithfully as a Deacon and a Trustee for many years. Ernest was a Social Worker with the City of New York for 27 years. Prior to retiring from the City of New York he was the Administrative Director Social/Special Services for Adults of the Men’s Shelter for the Homeless in both Fort Washington and Harlem, NY. After retiring he moved to Martinez, Georgia and became a member of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He knew he still had more to give so he decided to go back to work and do what he loved best - helping others. He worked as a Social Worker at St. Joseph’s Hospital for approximately 10 years and then worked as an Ombudsman with the Senior Citizens Council and held that position for 10 years until he decided to retire again. He enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles, playing golf, bowling, cooking, baking and fishing. One of his best kept secrets was that he could skate with the best of them at the roller-skating rink. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 46 years Bernice Hicks, his sons Paul Henderson (Sheila) and Ernest Hicks, Jr. of New York City. His daughters Iris Johnson (Drayton) of Savannah, Georgia, Deirdre Hicks of Evans, Georgia and Carla Hicks of Washington, DC. His brother Elbert Hicks of Palm Coast, Florida and sister-in-law Kay Hicks of Martinez, Georgia. Seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, bonus children, and friends. Funeral Services with military honors will be held at 11am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Columbia Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Please share memories and condolences with the Hicks family via the online guestbook with Elliott Sons Funeral Home.


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Pastor Adrienne Croskey

May 21, 2020

To Mr Paul Henderson And Family:

May the Lord comfort you and entire family during this time.
May the pain you feel now be nothing compared to the joy found within the memories of your Dad.

Sleep In Peace Father.
Love Always Pastor A Croskey

Teariundria DuBose

May 20, 2020

My deepest and sincere condolences to the Henderson family. I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Ernest Hicks. I wish I had though. If he was anything like his son Paul, he was an awesome and fine man. May God continue to bless you all through this time. May he strengthen you with his unmeasurable peace.

Love Teari DuBose

Prof. Brenda Jenkins

May 20, 2020

To Paul Henderson and family,
My condolences to you and your family during this time of bereavement. I had hoped to meet Mr. Hicks one day, as I was looking forward to meeting the intelligent man that had created such as wonderful, caring, and intelligent son that I know as Professor Henderson. However, I will never get that chance, but his legacy will live on through his children and many family members and friends. May God give you all comfort and strengthen you and your family.

Wishing you and family peace and love,
Brenda Jenkins

Rodney Edmond

May 20, 2020

We were so saddened by the passsing of our dear Brother. Heaven rejoices at his coming home. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family. May God comfort each of you.
Rest In Peace Dea. Hicks.

- Love, Rev Rodney and Sis Sarah Edmond

Mishane Henry

May 20, 2020

We are deeply saddened by your loss and it’s with a heavy heart that we offer the family our deepest and most sincere condolences.
God Bless you and the family.

karlyn jackson

May 20, 2020

To my one and only awesome Deacon Hicks- You have been a Great Man who positively influenced the lives of so many people. We could all see the God in you and how you cared so for people.Thank you for all your love from you and your family. You have set a marvelous example. Much love.Karlyn

Yvette Miles

May 20, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Whenever I was in Hicks's presents, it was always pleasant. He always had a smile and never negative. I have had the pleasure of sitting with him and gain some of the knowledge that he so easily bestowed on people. Very wise man. I am grateful to have known him in my youth and in my adulthood.

God wanted his angel to return, his work here was done. Hicks, you will be missed greatly.

Wallace White

May 20, 2020

To the Hicks Family!

We are praying for you and your family. Our thoughts, love and support are with you! May God continue to comfort you and your family!

With Love,

Wallace White & Family

Lydia Lawson

May 20, 2020

To Mrs. Bernice and Family,

I just wanted to send my deepest condolences and love during this difficult time. Mr. Hicks, was one of the Greats! Grateful, to have had the chance to know him.

Stay Blessed,

Margaret Sledge

May 20, 2020

So much to be said. A great provider, great husband, great father and to me a great grandfather. Grandpa your love for me was beyond measure and you continued to show that love to my husband and child. I love you and know that you made an impact on everyone you met with your kind heart and humor. Til we meet again.


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