Fairlea-Rev. John D. “Jay’ Hicks passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Peyton House in Fairlea.
Go Rest High on that Mountain – Your work on earth is done!
Born Jan. 4, 1943, at Pool, WV, he was a son of late John and Madeline Hicks.
He was a retired United Methodist pastor having served churches at Hinton, Minnehaha, Edray and Smoot. John was a proud United States Army Veteran. Amongst other accomplishments he was a member of the Greenbrier Lodge #42, a member of Kate Carpenters Muzzleloaders Club, and a charter member of the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department having served as Chaplain since 2004. He had served as Boy Scout leader for troops in Lewisburg and Smoot. He had been a Hunter’s Education instructor for the Department of Natural Resources for 22 years. He was a Life Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association. He opened and operated Hicks Gun Shop for many years. He loved preaching about his Lord and Savior, loved hunting, fishing, camping and working on guns. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many, many people.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Joyce Faye.
He is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Martha Jane Hicks; four sons, Johnny Hicks of Greenville, TN, Jack Hicks (Chris) of Clintonville, Steve Hicks (Melissa) of Rupert and Joe Hicks (Amanda) of Marlinton; grandchildren, Robin Fields (Stevie) of Rupert, Sarah Rose (J.D,) of Kingwood, WV, Mattie Hicks and fiance Eric of Morgantown, Michael Hicks of Rupert, Eric Hicks of Rupert, Jessica Hicks of Clintonville, Cassidy Hicks of Clintonville and Braeden Hicks of Marlinton; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Kenna Fields of Rupert and Larime Hicks of Ronceverte; two sisters, Glenna Parish (Larry) of Smoot and Betty Rogers of Magnolia, AK; brother, Roy Hicks (Carol) of Clintonville; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Blue Ridge Cancer Center at Roanoke, Dr. Skelton, Dr. Lynn Smith and to the Peyton House in Fairlea. Also a special thanks to Clintonville Fire Department and friends and neighbors who were always there when needed. He was a very loved man and will be missed by many.
His funeral service was held on Thursday, Dec. 24, at James Chapel United Methodist Church in Clintonville, where Pastors Sam Haught and Verlin Butcher officiated. Burial followed in the James Chapel Cemetery with military honors.
Friends and family called Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, at the church.
Pallbearers were members of the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations may be made to James Chapel United Methodist Church, the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department or to the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.