The funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM, Friday, March 6, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 121 East Bridges Street, Buena Vista, Georgia. Burial will follow at the New Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church cemetery family lot, Mt. Pleasant Road, Buena Vista, Georgia.
Deacon Walter Edward Hicks, Sr. was born August 26, 1944 to the late Edress Hicks and Louise Swan Hicks. He was the oldest of six children; one brother preceded him in death, Willie Hicks. He was a 1962 graduate of Buena Vista High School. He continued his education at the Columbus Technical and Vocational School where he received his certification in Building Construction. In 1968 on the 7th of October, he enlisted into the United States Air Force and after serving his country for six years he was honorably discharged on October 6, 1974 as a SGT E-4.
He was united in holy matrimony to the late Mary Ann Milliner. They were happily married for twenty-seven years until her passing. They were blessed with two children, Wilhelmina Hicks and Walter Edward Hicks, Jr. Being reared in a Christian family, Walter learned early in life his path of duty. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Ministry for a number of untiring years. He was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where he was Vice Chairman of the Deacon Ministry. He truly loved his church. He worked wherever he was needed. He taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and supported the activities of the church. He worked on the foundation and masonry work for the new Mt. Pleasant Church.
For forty years Walter was employed with the United States Department of Agriculture as an Inspector. At that time, Walter and his dear friend, Willie Minter were the first African-Americans with that responsibility for south & middle Georgia. He retired at the rank of GS-10. After his retirement, he spent his time working in his garden and deer hunting. He loved growing vegetables and making fruit preserves that he freely shared among family, friends and the community at-large. He was a true outdoorsman; He had a love for fishing and hunting. He loved bowling, family outings, grilling, and telling funny stories. He was known for his love of photography. As the owner of Hicks Photography, he was commissioned by many to take photos of their special events.
He served on the Marion County Hospital Board and supported the Marion County Recreation Department. Walter organized the Draneville Community Fire Department Unit, where he served as a volunteer firefighter. He was also a member of Gideons International.
On December 15, 2001, he married the former Mattie Jorden, who preceded him in death. He was blessed with an extended family; daughters, Wanda Jorden, Rhonda Jorden-Neal (George, Jr.), and granddaughter Raven Jorden.
He leaves a legacy of love and many fond memories to his beloved family: a daughter, Wilhelmina Hicks (and her devoted friend, Patrick Mobley), Macon, Georgia; a son, Walter Edward Hicks, Jr. (Katrina), Fayetteville, Georgia; one granddaughter, Kendall Hicks; four siblings and their spouses, Revonia Britten, Atlanta, Georgia, Mamie Grimes (Earnest), East Point, Georgia, Andrew Hicks (Mamie), Tucson, Arizona, Virginia Rogers, Riverdale, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert Milliner (Bobbie), Winfred Milliner (Mary Ann), Arelena Warmington (Johnnie), Nathaniel Milliner (Katie), all of Hartford, Connecticut, Bernice Muff (Martin), Annie Bolden, Aries Lee Harris, Gloria Slaughter (Elder Eddie Slaughter), Ernestine Kelly (Bobby) all of Buena Vista, Georgia and Rev. Paul Smith (Annie Pearl), Phoenix City, Alabama; a host of beloved nieces and nephews; a host of cousins including several devoted, Mrs. Edna Baker Champion, Deidre Baker Sterling and Donna A. Baker Tennyson; god-daughter; Yolanda Edwards, Jefferson City, MS; and a host of other beloved family and friends.