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HICKMAN, Earl EARL LAWRENCE HICKMAN On, May 23, 2014, Earl L. Hickman passed away peacefully after a long bout with COPD. Mr. Hickman was the son of John Albert and Wilma Betts Hickman. He was born March 19, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Atlanta at the age of 9 where he lived until 1997 when he moved to Big Canoe, Georgia. He graduated from Boys High School in 1948. After serving in the Korean War in Army Intelligence in the European Theater, he went to Emory University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School where he was elected president of the International Legal Fraternity and elected Chief Justice of the Honor Court. After graduating law school, he became Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Georgia under Judge Jeptha Tanksley, and then served two consecutive terms as Assistant Attorney General under Governors Ernest Vandiver and Carl Sanders. In 1961, he was admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. He was a partner in Candler, Cox, McClain and Andrews then a senior partner in McClain, Mellen, Bolling and Hickman before branching out to a solo practice in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and eventually Big Canoe. He continued to practice law until the day he died, having his son, Bo, call his last instructions from the hospital to a client of many years He was a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta from 1957-1997 and after moving to Big Canoe, Georgia became a member of the Big Canoe Chapel. Earl Hickman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; son Earl L. (Bo) Hickman, Jr. and his wife Lizzie Hendrix Hickman of Atlanta; son Dave Hickman of Atlanta; daughter Elizabeth Hickman Sullivan and her husband Temp Sullivan of Nashville; grandchildren Trip and May May Hickman; and Kate, Hugh and Mary Virginia Sullivan. Memorial Services will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church Chapel, 3003 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 28th with a reception immediately following the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to: the National Office, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601 and the Big Canoe Chapel Missions, 10455 Big Canoe, Big Canoe GA 30143.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 25 to May 26, 2014
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