As God was looking over his children, He called one of them by name,
“Alfred W. Hicks, your labor on earth is done; Come Home and Rest, My Son.”

     On March 19, 2007, Alfred W. Hicks of 87 years went to be with The Lord.
     Alfred was born in Powhatan County to Robert and Nannie Hicks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nelton; his parents, Robert and Nannie Hicks; and two sisters, Mabel Bell and Julia Morris. Alfred was united in marriage to Mary Nelton Cox on August 26, 1941. From this union, three children were born: Ercelle, Alfred T. and Mary T.
     Alfred was a quiet and gentle person. He always provided for his family and was a very hard worker. Alfred and Mary Nelton were always together. Alfred loved to play “his keyboard.”
     Alfred received Christ, and was an active member of The Hollywood Baptist Church until his health began to fail. He served on the Trustee Board for many years and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Whenever the Hollywood Baptist Church doors were opened or closed, usually Alfred was the one who would do it. Alfred also sang on the Hollywood Choir for many years. His favorite song was ‘Because He Lives.” Often you would hear him humming or singing this song as he worked.
     He leaves to cherish his memories: two devoted daughters, Ercelle H. Simms and Mary T. Fleming, both of Powhatan; one son, Alfred T. Hicks of Richmond; two granddaughters, Nechelle Simms and Marcha’ Williams and one grandson-in-law, Shawn Williams all of Richmond; two sons-in-law (one devoted) Pete Simms and George Fleming both of Powhatan; three step-granddaughters and one step-great-granddaughter; one brother, James R. Hicks; one sister-in-law, Lelia Hicks of Powhatan; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

We loved him, yes we loved him,
But God loved him more,
And He has swiftly called him
To yonder’s shining shore.

The golden gates were opened,
A gentle voice said, “Come,”
And with farewell unspoken,
He calmly entered home.

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God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it. . .

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Dear Grandfather,

Because you are our grandfather, you have our love,
Because you are a man of character, you have our admiration.
We respect the integrity with which you have lived your life.
We honor the commitments that you have made to your family, work and community.
Thank you for being a grandfather that we all love.



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