Joe Hicks Jr., 64 of Seffner, FL, passed away January 8, 2013. A native of Emporia, VA, he was the son of the late Joe Hicks, Sr., and Queen M. Hicks. He was the husband of Maryruth W. Hicks, to whom he was married for 41 years. Joe was a 1968 graduate of E. W. Wyatt High School, Emporia, VA and was a star player on the Wyatt High School Panthers' football team. Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1969 and served tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, Europe, the Middle East and was stationed at several bases across the United States. He retired as a U.S. Air Force MSgt with 23 years of honorable service. In addition, he played...
Joe Hicks Jr., 64 of Seffner, FL, passed away January 8, 2013. A native of Emporia, VA, he was the son of the late Joe Hicks, Sr., and Queen M. Hicks. He was the husband of Maryruth W. Hicks, to whom he was married for 41 years. Joe was a 1968 graduate of E. W. Wyatt High School, Emporia, VA and was a star player on the Wyatt High School Panthers' football team.
Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1969 and served tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, Europe, the Middle East and was stationed at several bases across the United States. He retired as a U.S. Air Force MSgt with 23 years of honorable service. In addition, he played semi-pro football for the U.S. Air Force European Division champions – the Bitburg Barons.
During the majority of his Air Force career, Joe specialized in Aerospace Propulsion. His Air Force medals include:
• Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 5 Devs
• Small Arms Expert marksmanship Ribbon
• NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
• National Defense Service Medal with Dev
• Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Devs
• Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Long with Dev
• Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Short
• Air Force Training Ribbon
• Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Devs
• Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
• Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 Devs
• Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Dev
From August 1990 to February 1991, Joe served in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm; he retired from active military service on October 31, 1991. A few years after retiring from the Air Force, Joe entered a new career as a Mail Handler for the US Postal Service where he continued to work until his death. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Senior Noncommissioned Officers' Group. Joe accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church, in Emporia, VA. Joe earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force and 111 of the 120 credits required for a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree from Southern Illinois University. Affectionately known as "Bo Jack", Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Joe enjoyed reading the Bible, fishing, barbecuing, listening to gospel music, and watching cycling and football; his favorite football team was the Washington Redskins. He also enjoyed traveling and made frequent road trips to Virginia to visit his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Queen M. Hicks, of Emporia, VA; and by his siblings, Matthew L. Hicks, Christopher Columbus "Kelly" Miles, Romie Hicks, Queen E. Hicks, Nellie M. Hicks, Evangeline H. Lashley (Walter), Gloriadine H. Ivey (Billy), and Brenda S. Hicks. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dr. Maryruth W. Hicks, of Seffner, FL and a native of Emporia, VA; two daughters Kimberly M. Hicks of Orlando, FL, and Kelli M. Hicks of Seffner, FL; one granddaughter, Kiara M. Hicks of Orlando, FL; three brothers, James R. Miles (Wanda) of Emporia, VA, Cephus Hicks (Chanita) of Southfield, MI, William D. Hicks (Dianora) of Chesterfield, VA; and three sisters, Mary W. Hicks of Emporia, VA, Priscilla Hicks of Richmond, VA, and Lilly P. Jones (Emmanuel) of Richmond, VA; two aunts: Edna Shakur of Emporia, VA, Viola Roberts of Queens Village, NY; two brothers-in-law: Walter Lashley of Gaston, NC, and Billy Ivey of South Hampton, VA; one sister-in-law: Gladys Howard of Petersburg, VA; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held in Florida and Virginia for family and friends. Florida Services: A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. with a Time of Reflections at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Stowers Funeral Home chapel, 401 W. Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511. For additional information, call 813-689-1211. Virginia Services: A visitation for family and friends is scheduled from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Knox-High Funeral chapel, 568 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847. For additional information, call 434-634-2353. VA Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 78 Garner Mill Road, Emporia, VA 23847 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Fields-Briggs Cemetery, Stony Creek, VA.