John Reid "Jack" Hicks, Jr., 89, of Bedford, died Aug. 2, 2012 at his residence. He was born in the Monroe section of Amherst County on Dec. 13, 1922 a son of the late John Reid Hicks, Sr. and Lillian Parker Hicks. Jack was a Marine veteran serving in World War II and was in the battle at Iwo Jima. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and many other organizations including VFW Post 2157, Bedford 4H Pony Drill Team and Menâ€™s Farm Tour. Jack was a lifelong farmer and also owned Hicks Milling in Bedford, also working at the Post Office, the Purina Company, and selling insurance for Farm Bureau. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Creasy Hicks. He is survived by two sons, John N. Hicks and fiancÃ©e Lisa White; Don R. Hicks and wife, Debie; two grandchildren, Edie Martin and husband, Joe; Nicholis R. Hicks and wife, Amanda; one great-granddaughter, Madlyn C. Martin; one step-great-grandson, Cole Hinnant; Special family members, Bobby Dill, Bill Dill, Sue Payne and Loxley "Brother" Creasy; special caregivers, Kathy Garraghty, Christy Witt, Dottie Ellis and Amanda Garraghty, Darlene Lloyd and Amanda Goff. Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church or Precept Schools of Virginia, 737 Blue Ridge Ave. Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service was held 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Jack Davis and Rev. William Clark officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, 540-586-7360.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2012