Everette Eugene “Gene” Hickox, 85, died Thursday night (Jan. 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Brantley County. He served in the U. S. Army. After 34 years of service, he retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation as an engineer. He was a member and deacon of Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Everette Lloyd Hickox and Alma Douglas Hickox.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Sgt. Charles Hickox (killed in Korea March 7, 1951), one sister-in-law, Vernell Lee, and her husband, Eugene, of Waycross, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Loyd and Susie Gunter.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes G. Hickox, of Waycross; one son, Michael E. Hickox (wife, Amy), of Waycross; one daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Taylor (husband, Carlos), of Waycross; former daughter-in-law, Peggy Gibson (husband, Steve); four grandchildren, Emma Claborn (husband, Casey), Austin Taylor, Ashton Taylor and Lilly Pells Hickox; expecting one great-grandchild, Joshua Gabriel Claborn; three sisters, Carolyn Gunter (husband, H.L.), of Waycross, Judy Farr, of Waycross, and Linda Stipes (husband, Dan), of Waycross; two brothers, Bobby Hickox (wife, Sina), of Hoboken, and Gary Hickox, of La Veta, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Yevonne Petty (husband, Harold), of Marietta, and Teresa Taylor (husband, Calvin), of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
The current, former and retired employees of Georgia Department of Transportation are asked to meet 2:40 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Hilda B. Williamson
Hilda Lailan Bowen Williamson, 90, of Blackshear, left this world Thursday morning (Jan. 22, 2015) when the Angels came for her at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Born June 11, 1924 to the late Robert L. “Bob” and Ida Rhodenberry Bowen, she lived most of her life In Blackshear, but also lived in Statesboro, Lakeland, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla. She was a 1941 graduate of Blackshear High School.
She worked as a substitute teacher at the Blackshear High School in the 1960s, but was happiest being a faithful housewife and mother to her four sons. She was the longtime caregiver to her youngest son, Colin, whom she affectionately called “Mama’s Angel.”
She and her husband of 57 years, the late Alvin Williamson, cared for him at home while many encouraged them to place him in a home for handicapped individuals. That thought never crossed either of their minds and they never had any regrets for keeping him with them.
There is a special place in Heaven for Mamas who care for their special needs children. S
he wrote a poem the family wishes to share titled “What Mother’s Day Means to Me.”
What Mother’s Day Means to Me
What Mother’s Day means to me
Is much more than the eye can see,
I am the mother of four sons,
Who bring me much delight,
I hope and I pray that I brought them up right.
We had not much money or silver or gold,
But a heart filled with love for them to behold.
They have all grown up and are out on their own,
Except for Colin, who will always be home.
He is our “exceptional child,” you know,
He depends on us in order to grow.
My heart fills with love and pride,
To know, on them I can rely.
They may have families and love many others,
But I know I’ll always be their ONLY Mother!
The Blackshear graduating classes of 1962 through 1966 remember her as a second mother as her house was always open to those who needed some extra attention or just to listen and care. She and her husband never missed a football or basketball game from 1958 to 1966.
She cooked many meals before and after football games and other sporting events, never knowing how many would show up, but there was always plenty.
Over the years, she also enjoyed hosting cookouts for members of her 1941 Blackshear High School graduating class and hosted many fish fry’s and barbecues over the years.
The oldest member of Blackshear Presbyterian Church, she joined the church April 13, 1938, had been a Sunday School teacher and remained faithful to the church and her God.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Albert Taylor and Celia and Gerald Dangerfield, and her brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert and Josephine Wildes Bowen and Charles Bowen.
Survivors include her four sons, Alvin Victor Williamson, of Greenville, S.C., Michael Terry Williamson (wife, Ina), of Fleming Island, Fla., Randall Douglas Williamson (wife, Brenda), of Blackshear, and Colin Williamson, of Blackshear; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Rena Bowen, of Blackshear, and Colleen Williamson, of Offerman; a loving friend she thought of as a daughter, Pam Walker (husband, Alvin), of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Blackshear.
Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Pierce County Nursing Home where she lived the last few years. She was very comfortable there and everyone was very nice to her and treated her with respect and dignity.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Blackshear Presbyterian Church, 432 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to the Pierce County Nursing Home, Attn: Auxiliary Beauty Shop Supplies, 221 Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.