Raymond Walter Hicks, Jr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran

        God called to rest on Wednesday, November 24, 2004, Raymond Walter Hicks, Jr. Raymond was born September 14, 1936 to the late Raymond and Dorothy Hicks of Powhatan, Virginia. He was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Hicks, and two brothers, Leon Hicks and Jerry Hicks. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1956. Raymond enlisted in the US Army in 1960 and served in Germany and was honorably discharged. He attended the Richmond Police Academy and Virginia Commonwealth University and retired from the Richmond Police Department in 1997, after 33 years of service.

        He was baptized at an early age at Mount Zion Baptist Church, where his membership was maintained until his demise.

        Raymond had many good friends from the Police Department, retired police officers and church members in the city and surrounding areas. He visited many churches and was well known by the pastors, official boards and members. Raymond was a loving person, a man of his word. He believed that your "Yea or Nay" should mean something, for St. Matthew 5:37 states, "But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." He was loved by all young children he came in contact with, often getting on the floor to play with them, even if he needed help to get up afterwards. He was known as a "Good Man" and will be missed by family, friends and loved ones.

        Raymond was a very dependable person and kept his obligations. During Raymond's active watch with the Richmond Police Department, he worked as a security officer for Harvey's Convenience Store, CVS, Greyhound Bus Line and many others. After retirement he was a bus monitor for special needs children of Richmond Public School System and security officer for Second Baptist Church.

        He was loving, caring, compassionate and showed empathy for others. "He would give you the shirt off his back." He was active in the "Feed the Children" program.

        Raymond leaves to cherish his memory a devoted companion and friend for thirty years, Minnie Gillard of Richmond; one devoted daughter, Crystal Robertson, and her husband, Oakie, of Chesterfield; four grandchildren; Raymond Thorne, Jessica Robertson, Cyril Robertson, and Celena Shaw; one sister, Rosyln Hicks of Richmond; three brothers; Rev. Dr. Revell (Barbara) of Powhatan, Jackie (Josie) of Angeles, Philippines, and Stanley of Powhatan; one sister-in-law, Estelle Hicks of Richmond; three aunts: Edna Brown of Powhatan, Thelma Branch of Richmond, and Bertha Gray (Alfred) of Riverhead, New York; one close friend, Mary (Fap) Anderson, who he treated as a daughter; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, many devoted, namely Beatrice and Eddie Ellis of Richmond, Ronnie Jefferson and Vangue Jefferson of Richmond.

        Raymond, you were loved and will be truly missed. We know and believe according to scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:8: "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."


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