William T. "Bill" HicksMay 16, 1926 ~ October 30, 2019 (age 93)
William T. (Bill) Hicks departed this earth October 30, 2019. He was born the 2nd son to the late Pete and Grace (Harris) Hicks on May 16, 1926.
He was a local icon in our small town as a graceful, beautiful, and talented man. His family shared the memory of him teaching everyone to skate before they could walk. He brought joy and happiness to many people through his times at multiple different skating rinks, and at times he even brought people to know the Lord while at the skating rink. He considered this his avenue to spread the Lord’s work. William was also known as the man in the 1960 Chevrolet Impala. He was a simple man, not in it for the flash. He paid cash for everything, or he simply would not buy it. He always made sure his loved ones had what they wanted or needed. He was always ready to lend a hand and show compassion for others, whether it meant him going without something he wanted or needed. From helping others get new tires for their vehicles or gas in their tank, he did what needed to be done without saying a word. He loved to fish off the bank at the Kentucky Lake with his two sons, David and Jerry. They could reel in fish like no other. He was loved by many, and will be deeply missed.
He leaves behind his 2 sons, David Thomas Hicks of Calvert City, KY and Jerry Don Hicks of Benton, KY; two daughters, Tammy Lynn Flippen and belated husband Jim of Gainesville, GA, and Angela “Angie” Dean Smith and husband Daryl of Gilbertsville, KY; and one sister Wilmuth “Corky” Cummins Hicks; thirteen grandchildren, Amy Wood of Gainesville, GA, Chris Wood of Gainesville, GA, Scotty Flippen of Gainesville, GA, Jason Hicks of Paducah, KY, Kelly Hicks of Benton, KY, Jeremy Don Hicks of Benton, KY, Kim Hicks Stamper and husband Ronnie of Benton, KY, Kristen Hicks of Benton, KY, Jessica Hicks Kinsey and husband Kevin of Benton, KY, Sydney Smith of Gilbertsville, KY, Aaron Smith of Calvert City, KY and Adam Smith of Paducah who all affectionately knew him as (Pa Bill), 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 55 years, Willadean “Dean” Alexander Hicks, one granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Hicks; one sister, Judy Hicks; and two brothers, James Brien Hicks and Charles "Fuzzy" Hicks.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Filbeck-Cann Funeral Home of Milner & Orr with Dr. Gene Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow at Benton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the 1:00 pm service time at Filbeck-Cann Funeral Home of Milner & Orr.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donation to: Benton Church of Christ, 3091 Main St, Benton, KY 42025.
You may leave a message for the family or light a candle at filbeckandcann.com.