Alfred “Al” Elisha Hicks, born Feb. 1, 1944, in Madisonville, Tennessee, died on Nov. 27, 2019, in Frankfort, Ohio, following an extended illness.
Alfred was born in humbleness in a log cabin to traveling sharecroppers after World War II, often traveling the United States picking beans, oranges, strawberries and whatever was in season in Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida. They were paid in the crop they picked.
Alfred attended Oak Ridge High School. He joined the U.S. Army at 17 and was stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and later HHC 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion 3rd U.S. Army. He was a decorated Expert Rifle M-1 and M-14. Alfred served in Korea for a time of three years and 10 months and was honorably discharged.
Alfred was later employed as a lineman electrician with the Tennessee Valley Authority and began a life of incredible adventure.
He married Dolly Gutierrez and with her, he learned to scuba dive and spearfish, and traveled the world to India, Japan, Italy, and Hong Kong. He acquired his private pilot license in 1989. Al and Dolly were business owners for 47 years. He loved to fish on his boat, fly, drive, ride his motorcycle and be outside.
Alfred lived a complete and good life.
Alfred was preceded in death by: his father, Clyde Bagwell Hicks, and his mother, Lucy Emaline Clowers; sisters, Ozell Hicks (Charles) and Mae Hicks (Moser).
He is survived by: his wife, Dolores “Dolly” Ann Hicks (Gutierrez);
Brothers, Robert Calvin “R. C.” Hicks and Charles “Buddy” Hicks;
His children, Robbie Ann Hicks (Smith) and husband Todd D Smith, Tirzah “Tracy” Marie Hicks (Warner) and husband Chad D. Warner, and Rachel Leah Hicks (Burke) and husband Shawn Burke. Nine grandchildren, Audreyanna Marie Warner, Angelina “Nina” Warner, David Elisha Warner, Robert Eluterio “Tayo” Warner, Jackson Elisha Hicks, Olive Elizah Hocter, Bryce Michael Burke, Bruce Terah Burke, and Brody August Burke.
Relatives and friends could visit with Al’s family on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the Ebright Funeral Home in Frankfort, Ohio, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Benignus Catholic Church in Greenfield, Ohio, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at 11 a.m. with Father Michael Paraniuck as celebrant. Burial followed in Brown’s Chapel Cemetery, Clarksburg, Ohio, with military honors accorded by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard.
Those wishing to sign Alfred’s online register may do so at www.ebrightfuneralhome.com