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Sal `Mineo 'Buck' Hicks

November 26, 1958 ~ January 3, 2021 (age 62)

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“Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday,

Missing you is a heartache, which will never go away.”


On November 26, 1958, Sal, the seventh child was born to the parentage of the late Junious Hicks and Gertrude Daisy Hicks in Skippers, Virginia. While growing up in the Hicks’ residence he along with his siblings attended the Greensville County Public Schools for their formal education. 

As life progressed, Sal decided that he wanted to spread his wings and venture out to the ‘big city’ and he did so by moving to Baltimore, Maryland. After making a life for himself there for over 20 years, he decided to relocate to Emporia, Virginia. It was there that he met the love of his life, Harrieta. He loved her and they could often be found traveling the roads together, creating memories and visiting family and friends between North Carolina and Northern Virginia.

‘Big Buck’ as he was affectionately called, went on to seek to enter the workforce, becoming gainfully employed with as a steel factory worker at the Foundry. He was also well known as a Jack of all trades there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t fix. Along life’s journey he picked up many trades and hobbies which included fixing cars, playing dominos, shooting pool and holding a good conversation with family and friends.  

“ After the clouds, the sunshine; after the winter, the spring; After the shower, the rainbow;  for life is a changeable thing.  After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, After life’s cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace.” Sal Mineo Hicks best known as “Big Buck” passed away peacefully from this life the evening of January 3rd after a gradual decline in health.  He was surrounded and supported by his trusted Soulmate, Harrieta Fields, and his daughters, Teresa and Sherri, during the last days of his life.  Sal was preceded in death by his parents, and seven siblings;  Quantilia, Cephas, Charlie, James Jr., Eddie, Johnny, and Deborah Hicks.  He will be most remembered for his loving personality, warm sense of humor, and feel good spirit.  He was loved by all he came in contact.  

Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day.  In that land that they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away. We who remain with faith and assurance that God will see us through are: his forever partner; Harrieta Fields; two daughters, Teresa Cook and Sherri Cook both of Richmond, Virginia; other children; Pricilla Fields and Michael Stephney of Alexandria, Virginia; grandchildren; Jamar Fields, Madison Boyd, Myracle Stephney and Michael Stephney III;  his siblings; Elizabeth Therkield and Glenn Hicks both of Richmond, Virginia, Shirley Hicks, Gloria Hicks  and Bobby Hicks all of Emporia, Virginia, Alexander Hicks of Gaston, North Carolina; a devoted friend; Charles “Jeff” Ruffener; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close 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. Sal  Mineo 'Big Buck' Hicks.

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

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January 8, 2021

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

Graveside Service
January 9, 2021

11:30 AM
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church - OUTSIDE
78 Garner Mill Road
Emporia, VA 23847

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