Leon Virgil Hicks

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U. S. Veteran Vietnam

God Saw the road was getting rough,
The hills were hard to climb.
He gently closed those eyes,
And whispered “Peace be Thine”.
The weary hours, the days of pain,
The sleepless nights are passed.
The ever patient worn out frame,
Has found sweet rest at last.

        On Wednesday evening, July 4, 2001, God in his infinite wisdom, called our loved one, Leon, home from labor to reward, bringing to a close an inspiring and fruitful life.

        Leon was born July 5, 1942 in Powhatan County, VA, He was the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Hicks of Powhatan, VA. He was the fourth of eight children: one brother, Jerry and one sister, Louise preceded him in death. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1962, He served in the United States Army as Specialist Fifth Class and was honorably discharged May 27, 1970. He was the owner of L & E Transfer until his illness.

        He accepted Christ and joined the Mount Zion Baptist Chruch at an early age, where he maintained his membership. He faithfully served on the Usher Board for a number of years. In appreciation for his service, he received a Holy Bible in an engraved chest November, 1977, when illness prevented him from serving any longer as an usher.

        He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife, Estelle; one daughter, Trisha; two sons, Cornelius and Rodney; one daughter-in-law, Wanda; two granddaughters, Sabrina and Amber; two grandsons, Brandon and Ryan, a sister, Roslyn; four brothers, Raymond, Jr. and life-long friend Minnie Gillard, Rev. Revell and wife, Barbara; Jackie and Stanley; three aunts, Edna Brown, Thelma Branch and husband Andrew of Richmond, Bertha Gray and husband Alfred of Riverhead, L.I., NY; two devoted nieces, Kelley and Sherry; mother-in-law, Blanche Taylor of Powhatan; two devoted sisters-in-law, Mary and Tina; four brothers-in-law, Samuel, Jr., Moses, Overton and Spencer Taylor; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


How Do I Love Thee

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with childhood's faith.
I love thee with love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles and tears, all of my life! -and, if God Choose,
I shall love thee better after death.

Your loving wife, Estelle


To Leon: Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather,
Brother-in-Law, Uncle, Friend.
Your struggle is over and you have found peace.
No more coping with illness and pain.
You have answered the call from your God above.
Your service has not been in vain.

You fought a good fight and kept the faith.
You have set the example for us all
With all your heart and soul and your strength
Courageously answered that call.

We'll miss your deep laughter and that sincere smile.
What a blessing you were our friend.

You fearlessly walked "through the valley of the
shadow of death"
Confident that we'll meet again.

We weep because we're missing you,
It's alright to let our tears roll.
We take comfort in knowing that the last lyrics that
you spoke or sang were
"It Is Well With My Soul"

God loves you and we do too.

The Family


The family wishes to acknowledge with sincere thanks and
deep appreciation the beautiful expressions of love and
sympathy shown to us during our time of bereavement.
May God bless each and everyone of you.
reprinted by permission