William H. Hicks, 87, highly involved in his community

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William H. Hicks
William H. Hicks

GRAFTON – William H. (Bill) Hicks left this earth to meet with his departed family and friends in Heaven on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

He was born May 2, 1929 in Wilmington, NC. and moved to the Denbigh area, then known as Warwick County later to become part of the City of Newport News. He attended Denbigh Elementary School and Morrison High School, later known as Warwick High School, graduating in 1948. While attending Morrison High, he lettered in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He was Captain of the 1947-48 Basketball team and in 1947 was the leading scorer of the Football team.

Bill married the former Doris Richardson on July 20, 1949 and started their family in June of 1952, with the birth of their daughter, Debbi, and followed by the birth of their son, David in March 1955. Bill and Doris celebrated their 64th anniversary July 20, 2016. He was loved and was very proud of his family. He was also proud of his professional career and his spiritual life. Bill was one of the founders, serving as Coach, player representative and President of the Denbigh Youth Baseball League and was instrumental in securing lights from the city for the baseball fields at Denbigh Elementary, Seaford Elementary and Denbigh High School. He was the original founder of the Denbigh Church Basketball League, which revolved into basketball programs being set up in all elementary schools and Denbigh High School in the Denbigh area, because of his community involvement and working with community organizations, Bill Was selected by the Denbigh Lions Club to be the Honorary Mayor of Denbigh during “Denbigh Days.” He received a Certificate of Appreciation for services rendered from the State of Virginia Department of Recreation and Parks of Virginia. He started his Postal career as a clerk in Ft. Eustis and Newport News from 1950-1962. In 1962 and 1965 he was the Assistant Carrier Station Superintendent in Denbigh, from 1965-1972; he was the Superintendent at the Denbigh station. In 1973, he became the Postmaster of Newport News, VA, which included Parkview, Hidenwood, Denbigh, Warwick, Lee Hall, and Ft. Eustis offices. Bill then became Postmaster of York, PA in 1977 through 1992 when he retired after 42 years of service. He was active in the National Assoc. of Postmasters in the U.S. and served as Secretary/Treasurer of York/Adams County of Postmasters in PA. Also, he served as National Vice-President while serving on the Board of Directors of NAPUS.

While serving as Postmaster of York, P A, he served as Co-Chairman of the combined Federal and United Way campaigns of the Government division, working closely with the Mayor of York. He was also a member of York Township, PA Lions Club, serving as President and Zone Chairman. He also served on the Board of United Way in PA, and was a frequent guest speaker on the radio talk show, “Open Mike.” In July 1992, Bill was the founder and owner of “Hicks’ Golden French Fries.” He then became co-owner with his son, David and they served their community and surrounding peninsula areas a far north as Colonial Beach on the Potomac, Urbanna, Gloucester and on the south side in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, then they bought another unit called, “Hicks’ Famous French Fries.” The business was sold in the year 2000 to his nephew, Ray Hicks.

Bill loved his church, Providence United Methodist Church in Grafton, where he served as an Adult Sunday School teacher, President and Secretary/Treasurer of United Methodist Men, Chairman of the Committees on Ministries (COM), Chairman of the Kitchen Committee and was a Certified Lay Speaker. In 2008, he was appointed as Lay Member to the Annual Conference.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie H. Curtis, his step-father, Fay Curtis, sister, Nellie, brother, Roy and nephew, Ray Hicks. Bill leaves to cherish his life and memories, his wife and best friend, Doris of Grafton; his daughter, Debbi Brightbill (Gordon) his son, David (Joy) of Poquoson, grandchildren, Jordan of Hampton, (Courtney); and Scott (Heather) of Chesapeake, Meredith of Newport News and Nicole of Richmond, and great grandchildren, Steven, Jackson and Emily Jean.

Though Bill’s life has ceased here on this Earth, it has not ended; for he has entered into the joy of everlasting life through our Lord Jesus Christ. Visitation time with family and friends of Bill Hicks will be at Providence United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, The celebration of life service, conducted by Rev. C. Douglas Akers will follow at 12 p.m. with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be private for family members at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, a donation would be appreciated to Providence United Methodist Church, for the Capital Improvement Fund 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692.