James W. Hicks

9:54 am | November 21, 2012

James William Hicks, 86, of Lynchburg, Va., passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Mildred Henderson Hicks. Born June 6, 1926 in Elizabethton, Tenn., he was the son of the late Charles Garfield and Ida Ellis Hicks and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Ellis and Florence Jennings.

Mr. Hicks was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served during World War II. He was Chief Commander of the Honey Fitz and the Patrick J., which were the Presidential Yachts of John F. Kennedy. Mr. Hicks was also retired from the City of Lynchburg, Juvenile Detention Center. He attended Southview United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hicks is survived by one daughter, Kitty Hicks and husband Shad Fuller, and one son, Jeff Hicks and wife Linda, all of Lynchburg; three brothers, Abner Hicks and wife Sue of Jonesborough, Tenn., Bob Hicks and wife Shirley and Harold Hicks, and one sister, Bonnie Stout and husband Harold, all of Elizabethton, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jarred Lambert of Lynchburg and Leah Strickland and husband Travis of Lillington, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Hailey Lambert, Chelsea Strickland and Taylor Strickland; and many special friends, including Phil Brooks, Jimmy Stewart, Ronnie Mayberry and Betty Jo Cunningham.

A funeral service for Mr. Hicks will conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Melvin H. Campbell officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence at other times.

Whitten Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the family.

Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel.

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