Raymond Walter Hicks, Sr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Mr. Raymond "Buster" W. Hicks, Sr., 4488 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan, VA., son of the late Willie and Virgil Palmore Hicks departed this life Thursday, September 6, 1990 at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA.

        He was born in Trenholm, VA. on October 18, 1912. He attended Loganville School where he had to drop out at an early age to help support his widowed mother and family. He was a hard worker, a humble and respected man.

        He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age and was faithful until his death. He loved his church and Pastor.

        He was joined in Holy matrimony to Dorothy Morris Hicks, who preceded him in death. To this union six sons and two daughters were born. One son, Jerry Hicks preceded him in death.

        He retired from the Virginia State Highway Department on January 15, 1980. After his retirement, he continued to be busy with various odd jobs until his death.

        He was also a loving and generous father who showed his love for his family in a very modest way. Our lives were greatly enriched by having him for our father.

        He is survived by two daughters; Louise M. Hicks and Roslyn F. Hicks; five sons, Raymond W. Hicks, Jr., Dea. Revell E. Hicks, Leon V. Hicks, Jackie D. Hicks, all of Richmond, VA., and one devoted Stanley J. Hicks of Powhatan; two daughters-in-law, Estelle T. Hicks and devoted and faithful Barbara H. Hicks; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Bertha R. Gray of Riverhead, L.I., NY; two sisters-in-law, Edna M. Brown of Elizabeth, NJ., and Thelma M. Branch of Brooklyn, NY,; two brothers-in-law, Alfred Gray and Andrew Branch; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, two devoted Julian and Susie Robinson of Chesterfield, VA., and other relatives and friends, two devoted friends, Jim Bartlette of Powhatan and Rebecca Britt Harrison, who looked upon him as a grandfather because of his long association with the Britt family.

        He bore his illness with dignity and quietly slipped away in the arms of Jesus. We will miss him greatly, treasure the values, wisdom and the pleasant memories of such a sweet spirited father.


I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside --
Into the shadows where we could confide;
Away from the hustle where, all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet, though at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld.
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things--
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings.
God saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb,
I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside
He gently closed those loving eyes
And whispered forevermore, "Peace be Thine."

Sorrowfully submitted,

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