It is with sadden hearts that we announce the passing
Michael R. Hicks
Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend
Michael Ray Hicks, at a youthful age of 60 years, was joyously welcomed when he crossed into the gates of Heaven on Sunday, August 30, 2020. Delivered from heaven to this mortal world on October 15, 1959, he was the youngest son of Burnice Hicks and Norma Ray (Midgett) Hicks, both of who preceded him in death.
Michael was the youngest of seven brothers, Nolen R Hicks (Thelma), James Midgett (Margaret), Charles E Hicks (surviving wife Sandra) as well as niece Kimberly (Hicks) Lewis preceded Michael in entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Surviving brothers and sister-in-laws are John E Hicks (Mary), Solomon Midgett (Regina) and Willie Lee Midgett (Shirley). Michael’s only brother-in-law, Robert Lee (Bobby) Mosley, Jr of Memphis, TN is also a survivor of his immediate family.
Michael accepted Christ at an early age of his life. He grew in his spiritual walk with Christ and was a man of God who remained a member of Buck’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Maury City, TN.
Michael offered his hand in marriage to Bernetta Delores Mosley. With permission and blessings from her parents, Robert and Marguerite (Cherry) Mosley (who have now welcomed Michael to Heaven), they began their love-filled journey of matrimony on April 23, 1988. The splendor of their love bore their son, Michael Ray (Mickey) Hicks, II on April 13, 1994.
Michael graduated from Maury City High School in 1977. He attended Dyersburg State Community College from 1977 – 1979. He transferred to the University of Tennessee (UTM -Martin, TN), from which he obtained his Bachelor of Science – Business Administration in 1981. He was recruited and directly hired into Wal-Mart’s Assistant Manager Trainee Program immediately upon his graduation from UTM. His first store assignment was in Milan, Tenn. As a dedicated employee of Wal-Mart, he believed in the original grass-roots training and philosophy of the company. Michael worked in various capacities that grew from successful completion of the Manager Training Program. His management titles and responsibilities included working as Set-up Manager for new Super Centers, Store Manager and Co-Manager. Michael was a well-respected and fondly endeared manager in Wal-Mart Stores that included Bogalusa (Louisiana), Hattiesburg and Senatobia (Mississippi), Florence (Kentucky), Cincinnati (Ohio), Decatur, Bluffton, Huntington and Fort Wayne (Indiana). Michael continued his servitude and dedication to the company for 38 years, up to his sudden and unexpected passing.
Outside of work, he became a member of the Kiwanis Toastmasters Club. Michael maintained his own grass-roots upbringing in showing continued love for and involvement in farming, whether it was actively assisting his brother (John) with Spring planting and Fall harvesting for the family farm, going to farm and tractor shows/events or simply reading Tractor House and Soy Bean Digest magazines, with dreams and plans for a retirement that would include his return (with wife Bernetta in tow) back to the farm.
Michael’s cherished memory will be maintained by his devoted and loving wife (Bernetta), son (Michael II), granddaughter (his true Princess and Punkin’) Kendalyn Naveah Williams, grandson (fondly called “Mr. Peabody”) Giovanni Amir Hicks. In addition to being survived by his brothers and sister-in-laws, there is niece Belinda (Hicks) Kammerand, nephews Charles E Hicks Jr, Rick Hicks, Timothy Hicks, William Lewis and their respective families. Although too numerous to name and mention individually, it is with loving acknowledgement, that in Michael’s passing, he will also be mourned and so very much missed by his vast number of family members and tremendous number of significantly special persons, for whom are more like family than friends.
Michael will return home to be laid to rest in his home church cemetery in Tennessee.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
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