The beautiful, free-spirited and loving Deborah Jean Hicks was born on Thursday, July 18, 1957 in Emporia, Virginia to the parentage of the Junious and Daisy Gertrude Hicks. While growing up in rural Greensville County, she developed into a mature young lady amongst her siblings.
Deborah matriculated through the Greensville County School System. Shortly thereafter, she entered the workforce as a security guard at Georgia Pacific in Skippers, Virginia. Later in life she became gainfully employed with Avis B. Adam Nursing Home in Emporia, Virginia. Her employment was not viewed as mere work, but as a place where she could be herself and embrace those around her with love.
Seeing the need to develop and deepen her spiritual gifts, Deborah joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Deborah was a very strong person with a caring soul and uplifting spirit. She was loved by many people and she had such an illuminating presence everywhere she went. Many of her favorite pastimes included cutting the breeze with family and friends, spending time with her grandchildren and smoking her ‘Newports’.
“God saw you weak and whispered come and rest, His garden must be beautiful for only He picks the best, It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home." On Monday, May 18, 2020; while in the care of Southern Regional Medical Center, Emporia, Virginia, Deborah transitioned from labour to eternal rest.. In addition to her parents, she now joins those who preceded her in death: six siblings; Charlie, Cephas, James Jr., Eddie, Johnny and Quentelia Hicks; aunt, Rebecca Washington; uncle Almer Hicks.
“In tears we saw you sinking, we saw you fade away. You suffered much in silence, you fought so hard to stay. You faced your task with courage, your spirit did not bend. But you still kept on fighting, until the very end. God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you; and whispered ‘Come to me!’. So when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful, free from pain. We could not wish you back, to suffer that again. In God’s own time, we will meet again.” Deborah will be missed by our family and by all who knew her, but this is God's way; His will must be done. She leaves great memories and her loving family: two sons, Montino C. Hicks, Sr. of Emporia, Virginia and Mario A. Hicks, Sr. (Stacey Jackson) of Dinwiddie, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Da'Niyah Hicks, Montino C. Hicks, Jr., Damoni Hicks, Ace Rose, Marianya Hicks, Mario A. Hicks, Jr., Chase Hicks and Jaxon Hicks; siblings, Glenn Hicks and Elizabeth Therkield both of Richmond, Virginia, Alexander Hicks of Gaston, North Carolina, Bobby Hicks, Salmineo Hicks, Shirley Hicks Scott and Gloria Hicks all of Emporia, Virginia; three aunts, Rosa Marie Lucas, Ida Powell and Rosa Franklin; three devoted friends, Latrice Chatmon, Monique Wilson and Felecia Vaughan; a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Her love and legacy will live on forever in our hearts, through everyone she touched.
Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Ms. Hicks' tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.
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