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Mr. James Wade (Jimmy) HIcks was born in Miami, Florida on October 4, 1937 and lived and worked in South Florida until retirement brought him to the North Georgia Mountains in 2005. His earthly life ended on March 26, 2017 after a lengthy battle with COPD and heart disease. Jimmy has donated his body to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.
Jimmy enjoyed his long career as a general contractor and real estate developer. He was employed by the Palm Beach Housing Authority for several years just prior to retirement. Jimmy had an opportunity to continue his passion for building after retirement when he and his good friend David P. Mullins, Sr., started the Towns County Food Pantry. He also had the privilege of participating in several other building projects for Towns County.
He had a deep love for all God’s creatures great and small. Jimmy began each day asking that someone be put in his life that he could try to help that day. Nothing gave him greater joy than being of service to others.
Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Sarah Patricia (Pat) Hicks, his daughters, Kathleen Hicks-Young of North Myrtle Beach, SC, Kimberly Hicks (Geno), and Shannon Morgan (Chris) both of Cumming, GA, their children and grandchildren, and his sister Dorothy Woods of Miami, FL. Jimmy was preceded in death by his daughter Tammy Hicks and grandson, Mikel Robert O’Connor. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Margaret Leinster of Palm Bay, FL. sister-in-law, Peggy Cavanaugh (Tom) of Melbourne Beach, FL, brother-in-law, Chris Roberts, niece, Jessica Roberts-Misterly (Grant Misterly) and their children, Mabel and Willa of St. Augustine, FL.
In keeping with his wishes, plans have not been made for a memorial service. Please consider a random act of kindness in honor of his memory or a donation to your local food pantry or hospice.
Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee, GA in charge of arrangements.