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Theodore Roosevelt Hicks

April 26, 1934 ~ June 14, 2020 (age 86)


Theodore Roosevelt Hicks (nickname Ted) departed this life at his home on June 14, 2020. He was a devoted family man and had great respect for his friends.

Ted was born on April 26, 1934 in Roxboro, North Carolina, the second youngest of thirteen children of deceased Jesse Hicks (Papa) and Ruth Smith Hicks (Mama Ruth). Ted and his sisters and brothers were taught the importance of family, friends, hard work, education, moral character and faith. He was raised on his dad’s tobacco farm where they grew tobacco, fruit trees, vegetables, and raised farm animals. They were never without plenty of food and milk products, which they would happily share with family and friends. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at Mill Hill Baptist Church in Roxboro, North Carolina, the family church home.

Ted was educated in Roxboro. He graduated from Person County High School. Before graduation from high school, he met and passionately pursued the love of his life, Sylvia Ann Holloway, who he affectionately called his “Cat and Pumpkin”. From this 68 year union, they were blessed with two daughters, Wendy and Sonia. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned home from the war he went to New Jersey and worked for the Post Office. Two years later, he and his family moved to Washington, DC and then to Gaithersburg, MD, where he continued his career in the Washington, DC Post Office and retired after 25 years. Following retirement, he ventured out and started his own business, Ann’s Airport Service in Gaithersburg, MD; transporting passengers to and from airports and trains stations in the DMV. He closed his business after many years, and he and Sylvia moved back to Roxboro, NC.

While living in Gaithersburg, MD, Ted and Sylvia were members of the Christian Life Center Pentecostal Church (Bishop Ronald Libby) where he served as an Elder for many years. Upon, moving to Roxboro, NC, Ted continued serving as Elder at the First Pentecostal Church (Pastor Matthew Wilmoth). Some years later they decided to return to the Maryland area where they now worship again at Christian Life Center Pentecostal Church.

Ted leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Sylvia; two daughters, Wendy Nolan (Edward), Frederick, MD; Sonia Bailey (Gregory), Germantown, MD; One sister, Ruth Hicks Jones, Maryland; three granddaughters, Latoya Bailey, Shonta Pettaway, and Sheree Pettaway, all of Maryland; three grandsons, Gregory Bailey, Jr., Cape Cod, MA; Quincy Bailey, and Marcus Bailey, Maryland; two step grand-daughters and two step grandsons, Anita Obemene (Arthur) Maryland, Vanessa Barnes (Marcus) Maryland; eleven great grandchildren, Latisha Williams, Ernie Burrell Jr., Markel Dunkins, Abriella Bailey, Destini Bailey, Anthony Bailey, Quevell Bailey, Lyric Bailey all of Maryland, Tyler Bailey, Tevin Bailey, both of California; Gabriella Bailey of Norway; one step-great-grandson Tyrell Nolan of Maryland; two great great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Hazel Bristow (William) Vienna, VA; two brother-in laws, Wharton Holloway, Bronx, NY; Franklin Holloway, Roxboro, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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