Meek Lester (Buddy) Hicks III went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Catawaba Valley Medical Center from complications of COVID-19.
Bud, as he was commonly known, graduated from Madisonville High school in 1981 and after several years, joined the Navy in December of 1988. He served his country in the Gulf War on the USS Spruance out of Mayport, Florida, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 19, 1992.
He worked for many years at Advanced Automation in Greenville, South Carolina, until having a stroke, which left him unable to work.
Though unable to work, he continued to serve the Lord he loved by remaining very active as a member of the Mountainview Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina. He served in the food pantry and provided technical support for the church’s audio-video systems.
He was dedicated to witnessing to everyone he met; even while in the emergency room waiting to be admitted with COVID-19, he witnessed to people. He was passionate about winning people to his Lord.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1963, to parents Meek Lester (Bud) Hicks Jr. and Mary Claire Wood Hicks. He was preceded in death by: his parents; paternal grandparents, Meek Lester Hicks Sr. and Lois Frances Burleson Hicks; and maternal grandparents, Rev. Theodore Poe Wood and Mary Pauline White Wood.
He will be remembered and survived by: his loving wife of nine years, Mrs. Deborah Tonnette Coffman Hick;
Children, Daniel Meek Hicks, MaKayla Lynn Hicks, and Abby Naomi Hicks;
Stepchildren, Jason Scott King, Christopher Robert King, Matthew Lee Jimerson, Adam Daniel Jimerson, Jeremy Paul Jimerson and Rachel Ann Jimerson.
His loving partners in crime, his sisters, Mrs. Sherry Hileman and husband Gary of Columbia, Tennessee, Mrs. Mary Minturn and husband David, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Mrs. Ellen McGowan and husband Travis, of Sweetwater, Tennessee;
Aunts, Mrs. Martha Wood Eaves and husband Ed of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and DeLois Hicks Anderson and husband Sam, of Kingsport, Tennessee;
Uncles, Rev. Joel Wood and wife Diane, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dr. J. Barry Wood and wife Diane, of Pinson, Alabama;
Cousin, Dee Dee Anderson and husband Dr. Daniel Dietrich, of Kingsport, Tennessee,
Special nieces, Mrs. Amanda Fuller, of Columbia, Tennessee, Mrs. Ashley Pelfrey, of Franklin, Tennessee, Dr. Emily Bivens, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, and Mrs. Beth Hawkins, of Sweetwater, Tennessee;
Special nephews, Mr. Adam Hileman, of Nashville, Tennessee, Rev. Kurt Montooth, of Frankford, Kentucky, and Mr. Dylan McGowan, of Sweetwater, Tennessee;
Numerous great nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Due to the need to be safe in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private viewing was held at Hickory Funeral home in Hickory, North Carolina, followed by cremation.
A Celebration of Life service will be held by the family at a later date.