Richard David Hicks

May 27, 1955 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 66)

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up”     

~ Ecclesiastes 31:1-3


      With humble submission to the will of God, we stand to honor the life of Richard David Hicks, who was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.  

A Time to Live:  

     On May 25, 1955, Richard David Hicks graced the earth with his presence, as he was born to the parentage of the late Benjamin Rook and Betty Mae Hicks, in Emporia, Virginia.  

     Richard was educated in the Greensville County Public School System.  As a youth, his mother made sure Richard was reared in a loving and Christian environment.  Because of his God fearing upbringing, Richard accepted Christ and was baptized at Jerusalem Baptist Church of Emporia, Virginia.  

     During his youth, Richard became a member of the Holy Majestics; singing alongside his mother, aunts, uncles, sisters and other family members.  In 2018, Richard rededicated his life to Christ and joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church Missionary Ministry.  It was then, his spiritual gifts were nurtured and love for God deepened. 

     Richard  was known to many by his  affection, genuine love and  infectious smile, that could easily brighten anyone’s day. His smile was accompanied by a warm and bubbly personality along with a great fashion sense. He loved to dress, which led many to affectionately call him, ‘Cat Paul’ of ‘Cat Daddy’.

 A Time to Serve and Work: 

      Richard was no stranger to work.   He came to know and lived by  the word of II Thessalonians, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” He held various positions throughout his life, including, Perdue Farms, American Box Company and Georgia Pacific.  In 1990, Richard became gainfully employed with the City of Emporia, where he was well respected by his co-workers, managers and citizens.  Amid declining health, Richard retired with 22 years of dedicated service.  

 A Time to Rest: 

        Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what’s to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay… Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know. For some the journey is quicker, For some the journey’s slow. And when the journey finally ends, We’ll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the lord. On Saturday, October 23, 2021; while in the serenity of his home; our Heavenly Father called his beloved son from this world of pain and sorrow to a land of sweet eternal rest, where every day is howdy - howdy and never goodbye.   

 A Time to Cherish Memories:

        We who remain are struck by the pain of death, but satisfied with the promise  made by God, that He would wipe all tears from our eyes are: three sons, Richard Antonio Odom, Ricky Antoine Odom (Patricia) and Brian David McCray all of Emporia, Virginia; six grandchildren, Syriah Hope Odom, Kartasia Shade Banks, Alasha Odom, Elijah Odom, Joshua Odom and Nicholas Odom; four  sisters, Rena Mae Banks, Mary A. Young and Hattie H. Vaughan (Larry) all of Emporia, Virginia and Laura Rooks Clayton (Marion Ivan) of Gaston, North Carolina; one brother, Leonard Moody of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; four aunts, Pearline Rooks, Argie Banks, Ollie Hicks and Dorothy Hicks all of Emporia, Virginia; five uncles, Howard Hicks, Hubert Hicks, Robert Hicks and John Hicks all of Emporia, Virginia and Waverly Hicks (Emma) of Mesa, Arizona; a special nephew, Rufus Banks, who was always by his side, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mr. Hicks' tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Mr. Richard David Hicks

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11




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October 29, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

October 30, 2021

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Celebration of Life
October 30, 2021

3:00 PM
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church - OUTSIDE
78 Garner Mill Road
Emporia, VA 23847

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