William Newton Hicks, son of the late George Roland Hicks and Trannie Mae Ingle Hicks, was born in Double Springs, Ala., on July 22, 1919, and died at his home in Essex on Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at the age of 86.
Mr. Hicks had been a resident of Essex for 25 years. He was a former resident of Boone, Iowa, and was a retired operations engineer for Iowa Power. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a ruling elder with the Presbyterian Church, a member of Mt. Olive Church in Boone, Iowa, the Dexter Elks Lodge, a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #79 where he was a 32nd degree Mason in Boone, Iowa, Scottish Rite 320 of St. Louis, Order of the Eastern Star in Dexter, and the Shriners ZAGA ZIG Temple in Boone, Iowa.
On June 2, 1980, he was married to Thelma M. Munden in Armes, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2004.
Surviving are six brothers, Ed Hicks of Advance, Cecil and Bob Hicks of Essex, Dee Wayne Hicks of Jackson, Lamar Hicks of Kansas City, Mo., and Jerry Hicks of Haleyville, Ala.; two sisters, Jewell Ramsey of Magnolia, Texas, and Lois Richards of Union, Mich.
He was preceded in death by one son, Benny Joe Hicks, who was killed during the Vietnam War; one brother, Billy Hicks; two sisters, Gertrude Hicks and Lorene Fulgham.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Ernie Rogers of Poplar Bluff officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.