William Edward Hicks was born on November 23, 1946, along with his twin sister, the late Juanita Jane Hicks. They were born to the late, Samuel and Bertha Hicks in Brooklyn, New York. William was educated in the public school system of New York and spent a short stint at a private school in Bedford, Virginia.
Coming of Age
As he came of age he developed a keen work ethic and always enjoyed working hard towards the dreams of achievement. His leaning was towards selling things because he got his greatest joy in getting others to buy his offerings. He sold clothing, produce and fish (among his entrepreneurial offerings). He had a true entrepreneurial spirit.
He obtained a commercial driving license and drove a truck for Martin Paint in New York. That was for a season until he decided to move to Virginia to be near his parents, who had retired from New York to Virginia. On returning to Virginia he took on several job endeavors-one with Buffalo Shook and another with the maintenance staff of Longwood University.
After settling in and in 2004 he became a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia. under the spiritual guidance of the Rev., Dr. Calvin L. Gray. While there he was an avid Sunday school attendee and seemed to have enjoyed the interaction there. He also sang with the New Jerusalem male chorus. That he also enjoyed.
After various health challenges he reached the time when he could no longer live alone and took up residence in the Lynchburg Rehab facility, where he remained until his death on August 7, 2020.
William is survived by his sisters, Maxine Hicks-Gandy and Sylvia J. Taylor, Brother-in-Law, Donald L. Gandy; Nieces and Nephews, Marcella L. Greene and Eric J. Greene, Sara Taylor, Kristina Bastaros and husband Andrew Bastaros; Great Nieces and Nephews, Josiah Taylor, Rhema, Kharisma and Trinity Taylor, Timothy and Matthew Bastaros, and a Host of cousins and friends.
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