Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

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Becky Hicks Cloninger

August 31, 1921December 25, 2019

Elizabeth Rebecca “Becky” Hicks Cloninger, age 98, of Newton, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2019 at Abernethy Laurels. Born on August 31, 1921 in Decatur, GA, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Arthur Hicks Sr. and Sarah Juliette Skelton Hicks.

In addition to her parents, Becky was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Arthur Hicks, Jr.; husband, Col. Adrian S. Cloninger; and brother-in-law, Frank Cloninger.

Those left to cherish her memory are nephews, Tom Hicks, Jim Hicks, Steve Cloninger, Bruce Cloninger, Jerry Cloninger; niece, Linda Baird; her beloved godson, George Haymans; and cousin, Dr. Charles “Red” Skelton.

Becky grew up in Decatur, GA where she graduated from High School. She attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA and graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. She joined the Red Cross during World War II and worked in Miami, FL helping military personnel returning from Europe. Her business career included working for Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA and IPG Advertising in New York, NY.

Becky married Adrian Cloninger on December 15, 1973 in Atlanta, GA and then enjoyed 41 years together. Immediately following their marriage, she moved to Pakistan where Adrian worked for the Dept. of Defense. In 1977, they returned to the United States and moved to Augusta, GA where they called home for 35 years. One of Becky’s favorite times of the year was Spring in Augusta. The azaleas and dogwoods were in bloom and it was the week of The Masters Golf Tournament. She went all out hosting dinner parties and providing accommodations and tickets for family and friends.

Becky’s favorite place was her and Adrian’s home in Ellijay, GA. It was a beautiful mountain retreat where the pace of life was slow and more relaxed for two people who loved to travel and stay on the go.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maiden, NC.

Through the years, she always stayed in touch with family and friends by personal visits, by phone or written cards. She enjoyed a long and happy life and will be missed by those who knew her as aunt, godmother and friend.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Maiden, NC at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 with Rev. Rob Hutchinson officiating. Burial to follow at Maiden City Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, c/o Flossie Cloninger Scholarship Fund, 303 North Main Avenue, Maiden, NC 28650.


  • First United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 30, 2019


Becky Hicks Cloninger

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Pamela Goins

December 28, 2019

Life is but a stopping place
A pause in what’s to be.
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys.
Different paths along the way.
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay.

Becky, dear friend rest peacefully with Adrian.

John W. and Pamela Goins

Betty Ikerd

December 26, 2019

I have had the pleasure to share time with this amazing lady thru our garden club along with Michelle Cloninger. What an inspiration she has been. From the sparkle in her eyes when we would do projects and visit garden centers to her years of experience, what a wonderful life! I will think of you when I see those lovely red cardinals in my yard. The angels. Now you are one of those angels too. We will miss you Becky. With love. Betty ikerd.

George Haymans

December 26, 2019

I will really miss my Godmother, who we called Aunt Becky, she was a childhood friend of my mother Jeanne deNobriga Haymans. They were close until her death in 1986. I talked to Becky several times a week until her death. We were able to FaceTime recently. I want to thank the Cloninger Family in Maiden, Newton & Hickory for adopting her as their Family before and after Slick's passing.
They helped her all the time, taking her to doctors, grocery runs,
anything she might need. The whole group visited her and included her in meals, celebrations and gatherings. Their visits were frequently and often. I would like to thank Abernathy Laurel's staff who took care of here in recent years. Her only complaint she thought her coffee was cold. It got to be a joke.
Even when her mind was not clear her nurses and companions were patient and caring. Becky was like a second mother to me, I will dearly miss her. Thank you all, George