W.H. “Dub” Hicks
June 19, 1944 – March 13, 2020
W. H. “Dub” Hicks passed peacefully at home into the arms of Jesus on March 13, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He fought long and hard, valiant to the end, against many illnesses, but none could quench his spirit. He knew and loved Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior, and asked Him to guide him each day.
A memorial service celebrating Dub’s life will be held today, March 21, at 1 p.m., at King Baptist Church, with Pastor Charles McKamie officiating. Visitation will be half an hour before the service. Dub will be privately buried close to his son, Marvin and daughter, Elizabeth in Farmington, NM.
Dub was born on June 19, 1944, in Vernon, TX to Clifford and Eva Hicks. After attending school in Vernon, he joined the Army and was stationed in Mineral Wells, TX, South Korea and Germany. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1970 and then attended San Juan College in Farmington, NM. He held senior management positions throughout the rest of his career, as well as owning two Sonic franchises in CO. He maintained a strong work ethic all his life.
In 1964, Dub married Janice Crawford and their family grew to include a son and three daughters. In 1996, he married Marsha Reid and they made their home in Albuquerque, NM until moving to Gatesville in 2011 to help take care of his in-laws, Raby and Lenola Alford, when their health declined.
Someone who loved Dub dearly once told him that he was the simplest man she knew and the most complex. Both statements were said with much love and both were true. Dub was unique in so many ways, but at his core he was simply someone who wanted to be loved and to give love. Dub had a passion to look for ways to help others. On his last solo trip to town in mid-December, he bought merchandise to distribute to those less fortunate. By Christmas Day he was too ill to drive, but his daughter Kathleen drove him and Marsha to town, where Dub gave items to a young man walking alongside the road. Unable to distribute the rest himself, he solicited the help of a friend in town and she agreed to do so. Such was Dub’s heart.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marvin Hicks and daughter, Elizabeth Hicks; and sister, Mary Alice Chapman. He is survived by his loving wife, Marsha Hicks of Gatesville; daughters Kathleen Hicks of Albuquerque, NM and Lisa Hicks of Destin, FL; stepson Col. Eric Reid (Leigh-Ann) of Annandale, VA; grandson Cody Jennings (Kayla) of Biloxi, MS; granddaughter Lauren Combs of Destin, FL; granddaughters and grandson Meredith Reid, Piper Reid and R. J. Reid of Annandale, VA; great-grandson Cayden Jennings of Biloxi, MS; and great-granddaughter Charleigh Evans of Destin, FL. He is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Jean Phillips; two nephews and a niece; his mother-in-law, Lenola Alford of Gatesville; and his brotherin-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Sherry (“Sis”) Havens of Hewitt. He is also survived by his loving dog Murphy.
For their many kindnesses to Dub, special thanks are given to Nurse Dale Stough of Heart of Texas Hospice; Dr. Jacinto Obregon and staff at Scott & White Gatesville Clinic; Dr. Betsy Spitzer and staff at Gatesville Family Dental; Mr. Martinez of Friends Small Engine Repair; Dub’s special “angels” at Scott & White Audiology, Dr. Melanie Pasichnyk; Jill and Christine; and all the special ladies at Rancher’s Steakhouse.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King Baptist Church, c/o Charles McKamie, 601 County Road 135, Gatesville, TX 76528.