Sallie Sue Hicks
Mrs. Hicks, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Dec. 14 at Hospice of East Texas surrounded by her family and friends. Sue was born in Hodges, Ala., to Quillie Clois Vickery West and John Riley West on April 2, 1936. Her family moved to Texas in 1950. She first attended Lindale High School and then Tyler High School.
Sue met the love her of life, Billy Wayne Hicks, at an American Legion dance in the spring of 1952. They married on Jan. 9, 1953. They had four boys -- Billy Mike, Mark Wayne, Phil Morgan and Jimmy Don.
They spent many holidays and weekends with sister and brother-in-law, Abilene and Travis “Bud” Brown and nephew Johnny; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jean West and nieces Jackie Gail and Michelle and nephews Todd and David.
They also spent many weekends at Lake Tyler with cousins, Charles and Lawanda Vandiver and their children Karla and Ronnie; Bob and Pat Vandiver and their son Kuy; and friends, Milton and Reba Hopson and their children.
A great cook, her culinary talents really shone during the holidays with her turkey and dressing, peach cobbler and strawberry cake. She played basketball as a youngster and attended her boys’ games from Little League to high school.
Sue loved her boys and her grandchildren -- Matt, Alisha, Brett and Mark Thomas. Memaw and Pawpaw loved traveling with their grandkids, especially to Disney World and Texas Rangers games.
And the latest light for her and Billy was their greatgrandson Dylan, 3, son of Alisha. He brought special joy to Memaw these last three years. She had a lifelong love of sports and was a big fan of the Texas Longhorns, Tyler Junior College Apaches, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks.
Mom especially loved Christmas time with every portion of the home decorated; plus it meant visits from family and friends. She was a Baptist and a member of Tyland Baptist Church and Pine Brook Baptist Church.
Sue was preceded in death by son, Billy Mike; mother, Quillie Clois Vickery West; father, John Riley West; and sister, Verma Lou West Eubanks.
She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Billy Wayne Hicks, of Tyler; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sherrie Hicks, of Lindale; son and daughter in-law, Jimmy and Michelle Hicks, of Tyler; and son, Phil Hicks, of Tyler; sister, Abilene West Brown, of Whitehouse; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jean West of Lindale; grandchildren, Matt Begley, of Uhland, Alisha Elizabeth Hicks, of Lindale, Naval Airman Brett Hicks and his wife Angel, of Bremerton, Wash., and Mark Thomas Hicks, of Lindale; greatgrandson, Dylan, of Lindale; and Cooper Begley, of Garland, nephew of Jimmy and Michelle who was like another grandson.
She had many special nieces and nephews -- Johnny and Cathy Brown, of Whitehouse, Gail and Danny Johnson, of Lindale, Todd West, of Lindale, Michelle West, of Lindale, David Miller, of Lindale, Nell Godwin, of Tyler, Sandy and Robert Johnson, of Tyler, Mickey Munn, of Lindale, Myka Kim Scott, of Lindale; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Glenda and Kenneth Black, of Lindale.
Also surviving are her treasured friend and neighbor, Mrs. Juanita Ashcraft, of Tyler, and her children, Tommy, Sue, Lou and Billy, they had many shopping adventures together; her dear friend, Mary Ann Scott, mother of Sherrie, of Lindale; and her holiday dining companion, Annette Jones, of Frankston, mother of Michelle; plus many other friends and cousins. The family wishes to also thank family friend, Ronny Christie who was always so supportive of Sue and the family.
Honorary pallbearers were Steve Hedricks, of Tyler, Ronnie Vandiver, of Lindale, Kuy Vandiver, of Tyler, and Ronny Christie, of Tyler. Special thanks to Pam and Louwanda of Hospice of East Texas and other nurses and caregivers of Hospice.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Gregory Stovall and his nurses, Dr. Kenneth Kummerfeld, Dr. Joseph Prud’homme and Dr. Donald Knarr, for many years of care; plus the nurses and caregivers at Mother Frances Hospital.
Also, thanks to late pastors, Brother Bill Vick and Brother Billy Mosley.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.