Pastor Dennis R. Hicks passed away on Feb. 1, 2019. He was born on Aug. 25, 1941.

At age 11, Dennis accepted the Lord as his savior. He was a carpenter by trade, but accepted his call to preach in April 1971. He pastored Watson Chapel from 1974-77. He moved his family to Pine Island, Fla., in 1978 to start a church. In 1982, God sent him to Schererville, Ind., and he pastored there for 22 years. In 2004 he came “home” to pastor Lee’s Chapel.

During his ministry, he trained many young preachers and saw countless souls get saved. People would describe Dennis as always steady, unmovable and steadfast. He always represented himself in a Godly way to all who knew him.

He was 77 years old.

Pastor is preceded in death by: his father, Raymond Hicks; sister, Barbara Duke.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Christine Hicks “Sam”;

Children, Brauzo “Bo” Hicks and wife, Britney, Zarna Hicks, Kernessa Thiesen and husband, Wade, Guzar Hicks and wife, Susan;

Grandchildren, Karita, Jearum, Dakota, Zarah, Zeth, Megan, Hannah, Isaiah, Jude;

Great-grandchildren, Madison, Brooke, Elazia, Miriam;

Mother, Ruby Hicks;

Sisters, Brenda Underwood, Linda Phillips, Sandra Simmons.

The family received friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Lee’s Chapel. The funeral service followed at 7 p.m., with Zeth Hicks, Jeff Pickett, Brother Fred Wilson, Brother Tom McDonnell, and Brother Jay Scruggs officiating. The graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Lee’s Chapel, with Brother Adam Henry officiating.

Loudon Funeral Home is serving the Hicks family and online condolences may be left at www.loudonfuneralhome.net.