JOE RELICE HICKS, 80, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at his home in Roswell, NM. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Joe’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.
SERVICES: There will be a Viewing for Joe at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, followed by a Masonic Wake Service at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 700 E Summit St Roswell NM, at 4:30 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery.
On June 16, 1939, Joe was born to Joe R. Hicks and Sinnie McKnight in Roswell, New Mexico. He enlisted in the United States Army in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, on 25 May 1959 and was honorably discharged on 11 Aug 1961. During Joe’s military service, he was given the Truck Driver Award and several certifications. He was the beloved husband of Alice Hicks, whom he married on December 12, 2009, in Levelland, Texas.
Prior to retirement, Joe worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the coal mine industry, where he received an award of recognition. Joe was a member of the Washington Chapel and was also a member of the Mason Pecos Valley Lodge #7. Joe enjoyed volunteering for the Lions Club and the Mission Arch Care Center. His gifts of compassion were characteristics of his nature; his heart was for service.
All who were lucky enough to have known Joe knew him as a kind, generous, gentle soul who liked to joke around. His most memorable pastimes were fishing, model cars, rodeos, and when he would play dominos and cards. Joe enjoyed watching football games, especially if the Broncos or the Dallas Cowboys were playing. His spirited humor, smile, and presence will be dearly missed by his friends and family.
SURVIVORS: Left behind to treasure their memories of Joe are his loving wife, Alice Hicks; children: Georgia M. Basinger, Virginia Duran, Angela Flores (Ben), Presell Gilder (Norma), and Almetra Strange; grandchild, Aislonn Rouse; siblings: Alita Hunter, Wayne Hunter, Rudoloph Hunter, Adoloph Hunter, Charles Hall, Warner Hunter, Eldridge Hunter, Maureen Stinson, and Gloria Cannon; close friends: Charles Harper, Bell Floyd, Louis Branch, and Willie Chacon; a host of nephews and nieces; as well as his precious pets: Diesel and Juan.
PRECEDED: Preceding Joe in death are: his parents, Joe R. Hicks and Sinnie McKnight; son, Tony Strange; grandson: Alfred L. Basinger II; siblings: Ms. Juanita, Alberta Alford, James Mill Odell, Bobby Gates Hall, Darnell Hunter, and Betty Biggers.
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Chosen to serve as Honorary Pallbearers are Raymond Smith, Mark Steward, David Allen, Johnny Allen, Freddie Allen, James Allen, and James Edwards.
PALLBEARERS: Honored to serve as Pallbearers are Clarence Wallace, Everett Brown, Nathaniel Robison Sr., Louis Vizcarrano, Justin Nichols, and Tracey Delton.
Joe’s family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Jimmie Turner, a nurse at Encompass Home Health, Clarissa Island, and Allan Curtis.
A repass (reception) will follow after the Funeral Services at the Roswell Adult Center, 807 N. Missouri, Roswell, NM.