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In Memory of

Wayne Lewis Hicks

February 18, 1929 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


Wayne L. Hicks, 88, of Blountville passed away Saturday, August 05, 2017 in Bristol Memorial Hospital. A life-long resident of Sullivan County, he was the son of the late William "Bill" and Margaret "Mag" Tallman Hicks. He served 9 years in the United States Navy aboard the USS Baltimore and retired from Tri-Cities Regional Airport after 35 years. He was a hardworking man with a loving heart big as the outdoors, that provided well for his family. Wayne was an avid reader and enjoyed bike riding, camping, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.

Wayne L. Hicks, 88, of Blountville passed away Saturday, August 05, 2017 in Bristol Memorial Hospital. A life-long resident of Sullivan County, he was the son of the late William "Bill" and Margaret "Mag" Tallman Hicks. He served 9 years in the United States Navy aboard the USS Baltimore and retired from Tri-Cities Regional Airport after 35 years. He was a hardworking man with a loving heart big as the outdoors, that provided well for his family. Wayne was an avid reader and enjoyed bike riding, camping, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 66 years, Juanita Leonard Hicks; beloved grandson, Mark Christopher Poss; son-in-law, Ronald W. Poss; Brother, Ernest "Bud" Hicks; two sisters: Juanita Cross and Ailene Rhea.

Wayne leaves behind to mourn his passing, his two daughters: Patricia Poss and Debbie Cleek and husband Pastor Perry Cleek; son: Daniel Hicks; granddaughter: Susan Wampler; grandsons: Brad Hicks and John Hicks and his wife Elizabeth and son Bryce. Also to his great-grandson Jacob Rice and great-granddaughter Maggie Rice, Wayne was "Other Papaw" and their hugs and love always put a smile on his face. He is also survived by his sister: Mellagay Walters; sisters-in-law: Madge Garland and husband Johnny, and Thelma Woods; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

He cherished the friendship of special neighbors, Ernie and Betty Mosley, Jack and Cheryl Milhorn, Bill and Judy Reed, Austin and Carol Morrison, Edwin and
Nancy Cross and Wanda Kilby. Thank You, Jack and Cheryl for all you've done to help and to Bill for being his special buddy with your nightly visits to keep Dad company and watch TV.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at East Lawn Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Perry Cleek officiating. Special music will be offered by Susan Wampler. Wayne will be laid to rest at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 12 in the Garden of Love at East Lawn Memorial Park with his grandsons: Brad and John Hicks; great-grandson: Jacob Rice; nephews: Larry Rhea, Chris Walters and Johnathan Faris serving as pallbearers. Military honors will be rendered by American Legion Hammond Post #3 in Kingsport and American Legion Post #265 in Gate City. Honorary pallbearers will be Maggie Rice, Bryce Hicks and all the special neighbors of Airport Village.

Another broken link in the chain of our family unit, but your profession of faith and being a Child of God gives us the comfort and peace knowing one day the chain will once again be connected. Dad, we are blessed to have you as our earthly father and so thankful for the love and life you gave us. Our lives are full of cherished memories you have left us. We love you, Dad, and will miss you. This isn't goodbye, but see you later.