Jerry Hicks

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jerry Hicks, 75, of Chapel Hill, died Thursday evening, Nov. 3, 2011.

Mr. Hicks was born in Royalton, Ill., and was a son of the late Porter and Iva Pearl Snider Hicks.

He rose to the rank of Private First Class during his service in the Army Reserves. Mr. Hicks was the former owner of Hicks Oil Company in Desoto, Ill. After moving to Tennessee, he purchased Criggers Cleaners in Lewisburg, which he owned for 10 years. Later he was employed with T.S.I. Corporation in Chapel Hill where he worked in the office and was in charge of auto sales. Mr. Hicks was very involved in the Chapel Hill community having served as an alderman of the Town of Chapel Hill and, presently, as a member of the Chapel Hill Industrial Development Board. He was a very active member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. He was one of the founding members of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Lewisburg and served on their advisory board.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his wife, Mary McCool Hicks of Chapel Hill; two daughters, Lesa (Alan) Hofmeyer of Kokomo, Ind. and Jana (Jeff) Cox of Sharpsville, Ind.; son, Jeffrey (Malisa) Hicks of Carmel, Ind.; stepsons, Tony Gentry of Chapel Hil, Tracy (April) Gentry of Murfreesboro, and Marty (Gwen) Gentry of Chapel Hill; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Nov. 7, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Marcus Kelley, Rev. Jeff Walters and Don Correll officiating. Burial followed in Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, Missions Fund, P. O. Box 456, Chapel Hill, TN 37034.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements (