Billy Hicks, 77

Billy E. Hicks, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Sturgis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 25, 1933, in Garrett, Ky., a son of the late Adam and Clara (Combs) Hicks.

On Dec. 15, 1956, he married Alma Morrison in Cynthiana, Ky.

Billy had been a resident of Sturgis since August 1965, moving here from Kentucky. He retired from the Kirsch Company in 1998 after 17 years of employment.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War and earning the rank of corporal. He enjoyed antiques, sales, attending auctions, and scratching lottery tickets.

Surviving are his wife: Alma; a son, Douglas G. Hicks and Cathy Barnes of Sturgis; two daughters, Sheryl King of Burr Oak and Connie (Jim) Clements of Bronson; three grandchildren, Ryan Hicks, Reesa Johnson and Serena Lipscomb; two stepgrandchildren, Jimmy Clements and Patty Clements; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Denver (Julie) Hicks of Everett, Wash., Thomas (Martha) Hicks of LaGrange, Ky., and Herbert Hicks of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Charles, Orville, Hansel and Cletis, and a sister, Ruth Rowe.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Billy E. Hicks will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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