MONTEREY Richard Leon Hicks, 68, peacefully passed away, Tuesday October 8, 2013 surrounded by his family at the University of Virginia Hospital as a result of a stroke.
He was born in Mustoe, April 2, 1945 the first son of Mercedes Hicks of Surprise, Az. and the late Dolphus Hicks and was raised by his grandparents, the late Cleveland and Lottie Corbett.
On February 10, 1963 he married his loving wife, Bonnie Louella Arbogast. Together they had five children: DaNette Rena Chestnut and husband James of Staunton; Treva Anne Hull and husband Patrick of Monterey; Richard Leroy "Richie" Hicks and wife Christy of Blue Grass; Christopher Leon "Chris" Hicks and wife Heather of Staunton; and Brandi Hicks Bussard and husband Douglas of Mustoe.
Richard worked in construction all up and down the east coast; logged and farmed all his life. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving all nature. He enjoyed feeding and watching all the wild critters. He also loved watching old western movies daily. He was loved by many and was known to help anyone out, many would say "he'd give the shirt off his back." He loved his family and friends very much.
In addition to his mom, wife and children he is survived by his grandchildren: Ashley Hull Propst and husband Jesse; Sierra Chestnut Edwards and husband Kevin; Hannah Hull Murray and husband Vincent; Cynthia Hull and Elliott Boyd; Tamra Hicks and Johnny Williams; Burgundy Hicks, Clay Hicks, Logan Hicks, Amelia Hicks, Brooklyn Bussard and Bella Hicks; great-grandchildren: Ava Chestnut, Thomas Boyd, Bryan Williams and Hunter Propst; two brothers Ernie Hicks and wife Jewel of Arizona and Wayne Hicks and wife Sue of Arizona; special hunting buddies Roger Kropff and Calvin Sherman; dad's right hand men Allen Lowry and Bill Wagner; as well as his best best friend, his dog, Hunter.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, dad, brother Donnie Hicks and granddaughter Selena Chestnut.
Honoring his final wishes his body will be cremated and there will be a private memorial at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465 or The American Cancer Society, c/o Norma Reynolds, 3053 Mill Gap Rd., Monterey, VA 24465