Thomasville Times Enterprise

Obituaries

December 27, 2011

Nathaniel Hicks

THOMASVILLE — Services for Nathaniel Hicks, 81, of Thomasville, are at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Emory C. Virgil Sr., pastor and officiating and interment is in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers are his grandsons. Mr. Hicks died Dec. 22 at his residence. Born April 2, 1930, in Thomasville, he is the son of the late Jim Hicks and Esther Hadley Hicks. On May 3, 1958 in Thomasville, he married Lottie M. Hunter. He was valedictorian of the Douglass High School class of 1948 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Fort valley State College in 1955. He was an English teacher, basketball coach, librarian and employeed by the Thomasville City Utilities Department as the first African-American to serve as chief operator supervisor for 22 years. He was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He was president of Thomas County Teachers Association in 1957, president of Miller County Associating of Teachers in 1963 and junior vice-commander of VFW Post 11088. Survivors include his wife, Lottie M. Hunter Hicks of Thomasville; daughters and husbands, Marjory E. (Sidney) McKinney, Linda F. (Robert) Carter all of Thomasville; daughters, Esther Tish Hicks of Thomasville, Roxanne H. Smith of Columbus, Patricia Hunter of Victorville, Calif.; son, Carlton Hunter of Miami, Fla.; 22 granchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his one sister and five brothers. The viewing is from 1 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., today at funeral home and from noon until the funeral hour Thursday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. The family wiill receive their friends after the service at the church annex. Relatives and friends are asked to meet at noon, Thursday at 116 Bush St. for the processional. — Grooms Funeral Home

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