Goldie May Hicks, a daughter of the late Garfield Brown and Henrietta Branch Brown, was born in Powhatan County, Virginia, June 16, 1924. Beside her parents she was reared in a home with the love and affection of two sisters, Annie and Robinette and two brothers, Garfield and Lee.
     Goldie joined the Hollywood Baptist Church as a young girl and was active until she left Virginia to work in Riverhead Long Island, NY as a teenager. She remained a member until her death, August 11, 2007 at Newark’s North Beth Israel Hospital in New Jersey.
     On July 23, 1941 she was united in marriage to James Hicks of Powhatan who preceded her in death February 12, 1966. Goldie and James did not have children, so they took Josephine (a niece), to Newark to live with them. Goldie retired after fifty years of loyal domestic service to a couple of families in New Jersey. Goldie was referred to as “Aunt Goldie” by many. She truly loved the Lord and was a firm believer in sincere prayer. Goldie loved life and lived it to the fullest. She traveled a lot with her girlfriend Mary Crawford, (her ace coon buddy). Each summer, Goldie spent time in Maryland with Mary and her family. Thanksgiving was spent with her god-daughter, Mamie, and Christmas was spent with her immediate family in Powhatan.
     Goldie leaves to cherish fond memories: one brother, Carl Lee Brown; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline and Caroline; eight nieces; seven nephews; her loving goddaughter, Mamie Branch of Livingston, NJ; and many other cousins and friends.

     Submitted with much love and respect, The Family.

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God saw you were getting weary
So he did what he thought best.
He came and stood beside you
And whispered, “Come and Rest.”
You bade no one a last farewell
Not even a good-bye.
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.

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