Shirley Hicks


Shirley Sue Hicks, 68, a longtime resident of this area, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, from a local hospital.

She was born in Athens on June 26, 1950, a daughter of the late Charles and Gussie Harrod.

Shirley was of the Independent Pentecostal Faith. She worked in ministry her entire life, from teaching Sunday School, leading the women’s ministries, playing the piano and singing and doing anything to minister to people alongside her husband of almost 50 years. the Rev. Lowell Hicks. Shirley was a true people person, who had a great love for children.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Bradshaw; three brothers Jimmy Harrod, Tommy Harrod and Franklin Harrod; and also three infant siblings.

Shirley leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, the Rev. Lowell Hicks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Bobby Adkins and Renea and Merrick Zachary; fur baby, “Penny Hicks”; one son, Martin Stewart and wife, Carol; four sisters, June Mosier (Ronnie), Diana Burns (James), Lucille Gonzales and Juanita Gonzales; one brother, Charles Harrod (Suzie); one sister-in-law, Ester Harrod; six grandchildren, Kela Zachary, Justus Zachary, Codi Jemison, Cassie Shoemaker, Brittany Adkins and Hailey Adkins; four great-grandchildren, Mariah Jemison, Emma Zachary, Prince Zachary and Gabriel Jemison; and numerous other extended family members, church family and a host of special friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the parlor of the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home. 

A Celebration of Her Life is planned for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Family Worship Center, located at 4271 Dalton Pike in Cleveland, with the Rev. Martin Stewart, the Rev. Jimmy Burns and the Rev. Terry Burns officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Shirley, and/or your personal condolences with her family, by visiting her memorial web page and guestbook at


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