Saturday, January 6, 2018

Charles Marion Hicks
   Charles Marion Hicks, 87 of Crestview, FL, passed away peacefully at his home with family members surrounding him on Monday, January 1, 2018.  Charles was born November 11, 1930 in Schell City, Missouri, the youngest son of John Shelby and Geraldine Florence (Church) Hicks.  He moved to the Crestview area from Gladwin, Michigan in October of 2012.  
    Charles was a retired truck driver with Bent Tube Inc. in Fowlerville, Michigan, as well as a farmer.  He raised and bred draft horses in the Fowlerville and Gladwin, Michigan areas.  He enjoyed many hours working with his horses in the fields, choosing them over modern farm machinery.  He was a longtime member of The Percheron Horse Association of America.  He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tiger Baseball team, spending many hours watching them play.
     Charles was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions throughout his membership.  He served two full time missions in the Arizona Tucson Mission during his second marriage.  He loved his large family and felt blessed to be loved by them.  He enjoyed visiting and having them visit him whenever the opportunity came.  He was a firm believer that “Families are Forever”.
    Charles is preceded in death by his parents: John and Geraldine Hicks, two wives: Jean Gladys Eaton Hicks whom he married 07/18/1947, who passed 03/19/1988 and Mary Frances Jones Hicks, whom he married 11/25/1989, who passed 03/22/2002; a daughter: Victoria Evelyn Watson, six brothers: Mike, Herbert, John, Ben, Lee, and Glenn Hicks, and two sisters: Faye and Jo, one grandchild: Mary Jean Hicks and one great grandchild: David Jurvelin III.  
     Charles is survived by five children: sons, John of Bath, NC, Charles II (Fay) of Fairmont, WV, Paul (Nancy) of Charlotte, MI,  and Joseph (Debra) of Crestview, FL  and daughter, Jean Ann Howe (Brian) of Crestview, FL; two step-daughters: Christine (Chuck) Rayner of Hale, MI, and Donna (Gary) Pagel of Port Huron, MI; two sisters: Dorothy Driver of Mount Pleasant, MI and Alice Lukenbill of Garden City, MO, 24 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held in Florida on Saturday, January 13th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, beginning at 10:00 AM with Bishop William Mozina officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday, January 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Brackney Funeral Service.  Flowers are appreciated or contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary fund.
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