Friday, November 11, 2011

Freeman Buddy Hicks - Olive Branch

Freeman 'Buddy' Hicks

DANVILLE – Freeman Elwood "Buddy" Hicks, 87, of Danville passed away Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2011) at his residence.
He was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Oakwood, the son of Clarence and Jenny Hicks. Both are deceased.
He was married to Louise Guffey until her death in 1999. His survivors include his son, Steve (Donna) Hicks of Danville; three grandchildren, Amanda (Bruce) Rutland of Camp LeJeune, N.C., Gina (Kevin) Spencer of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Steve (Emily) Hicks, also of Fort Dodge, Iowa. He is also survived by his six great-grandchildren, Andrew Rutland, Alexis Rutland, Koty Spencer, Sydney Spencer, Cameron Hicks and Shayla Hicks; and his special nephew, Robert Boyer of Arkansas. In addition to his parents and his wife, Louise, his two sisters also preceded Buddy in death.
He joined the United States Navy in 1942, and made it a career, retiring as a Signalman 1st Class in 1963. During his enlistments, Buddy saw the world first hand, was awarded several medals, and was involved in World War II and the Korean War.
After his retirement from the military, Buddy was employed with the Sheriff's Department, and worked as a security guard for Lauhoff's.
He was a member of the Danville VFW, Danville Moose Lodge and a 32 degree Mason. He had a passion for antique cars and he will be missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of the Life of Freeman E. 'Buddy' Hicks has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St. in Danville with burial to be held at Sunset Memorial Park with full military honors being conducted by the Danville VFW. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a 1:30 p.m. Masonic Rite Service on Saturday at the funeral home.
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