John Hugh Hicks

Published 2:08 pm Friday, April 19, 2024

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Columbus— John Hugh Hicks was born on March 20th, 1938 to Emma Lee Lawrence and John Thomas Hicks. John Hugh Hicks was a loving husband, father, and friend. John worked as a carpenter, mechanic, gardener, and ‘jack of all trades’ in and around the neighboring counties.

John Hugh Hicks’ life will be celebrated at the Bible Way Baptist Church at 1085 John Smith Road, Columbus NC in a graveside home-going service at 2pm on Saturday, April 20th, 2024.

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The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service at the Rowe Reception Hall located at 1795 John Smith Rd, Columbus NC.

John served as a Deacon at Bible Way Baptist Church; a church he built refusing payment in service to the Lord and the surrounding community. John was selfless and cared for all the those who crossed his path demonstrating his self-sacrificing love over and over. With adult biological children, John at age 51 and wife Hazel Hicks adopted, then 7-month-old Mindy (Veilleux), starting the process of raising a child all over again. John’s selflessness includes countless other self-sacrificing and loving acts of kindness. The absence he has left in the hearts of his family and friends can never be replaced; while the impact he had on those around him will never be forgotten.

John is survived by his wife Hazel Louise Ross Hicks; son Kenneth Hicks; daughters Debbie Hicks and Melinda ‘Mindy’ Hicks Simpson; bonus son Timothy Crouse, grandsons Juan (and wife Sarah) Hicks, Kolby Hicks, and Johnny Simpson; and granddaughters Aisha Hicks and Bridgette Hicks.

“All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Condolences to the family can be made to


Sanders Funeral Home
Columbus, NC