Richard Wayne Hicks, also known as our own “cowboy warrior”, took his last breath after his long journey with cancer, on January 31, 2020 while surrounded by family at his home. Known by many through his real life “cowboy” appearance, he was quick to draw a crowd but never liked all of the attention. His heart truly shined in the love to all who came across him during his journey. The smile that he wore each day came across to others as an invitation of conversation, of genuine acceptance, a friendly ear, or a way to show that everything was going to be okay. He will be missed but his memories live on.
Richard was born on February 11, 1952 a son of the late Winfred and Ruby Stump Hicks. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Junior Hicks and Ronnie Hicks; one nephew, Joey Hicks; father-in-law, Joseph Yopp; brother-in-law, Steve Yopp.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Pamela S. Hicks; his children, Doug Hicks (Kim), Greg Hicks (Tiffany), Jay Hicks, Brad Hicks (Stephanie) Amanda Craig (Trevor), Belinda Simmons (Brandon Jones), Shawna Legans (Tyrece), Regina Maas (Tyler) and Robert Hicks; his grandchildren, Tanner Blankenship, Josh Hicks, Kenny Hicks, Nik Hicks, Hunter Hicks, Brianna Hicks, Ashlyn Hicks, Daisha Hicks, Luke Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Lindsie Hicks, Alexis Simmons, Isabella Dunman, Liam Craig, Autumn Simmons, Levi Dunman, Bristol Hicks, Luka Craig, Sophia Legans, Brroke Jones, Scarlett Mass, Avalyn Craig, Troy Sanchez, Isaac Sanchez and Daniel Snachez; one great-grandchild, Marlee Blankenship. He is also survived by his siblings, David Hicks (Betty), Carl Hicks, Roger Hicks (Polly), William Hicks (Elaine), Helen Angell, Harold Hicks (Kitty) and Shirley Hicks (Billy); mother-in-law, Martha Yopp; brothers-in-law, Rickie Yopp (Donna), Teddy Yopp (Suzanne); sisters-in-law, Debra Brown (Perry) Kathy Stump Yopp and Linda Hicks; His horse, “Doc”; and his canine companion, George; many other family members and friends.
The family will accept flowers or monetary donations may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.
Funeral Services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of the Brethren with Pastor Bill Hinton officiating. Interment will follow in Monte Vista Church of the Brethren Cemetery. His family will receive friends Monday, February 3rd from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, 62 VA Market Place Drive, Rocky Mount.