Joseph Henry Hickman

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Joseph Henry Hickman of Alpharetta passed away shortly before midnight Dec. 11, 2012, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, from congestive heart failure. He was born Dec. 27, 1923, in North Charleston, S.C., and was the son of Victor Ward Hickman Sr. and Audrey Ponder Hickman.
At a young age he moved with his family to Leary and later to Albany, where he graduated from Albany High School in 1940. After briefly attending Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, he enlisted in the United States Navy, entering service in 1943 during World War II.
Originally trained as a pilot, he later was assigned to the USS George A. Custer in 1945 where he served as a navigator in the Pacific until he left the Navy in early 1946.
He then moved to Atlanta and worked for Eastern Airlines and then General Electric Credit Corp. for nearly 20 years. Following that, he was the credit manager for W.D. Alexander Co. and Cain and Bultman, retiring in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 46 years, Christine W. Hickman (in 1994); his parents; two brothers, Alexander W. Hickman and Victor W. Hickman Jr.; and stepson, Bill Nordahl.
Joe is survived by his second wife, Minnie Nordahl Hickman; son, Joseph Victor Hickman and wife Lynda of Canton; son, Russell Hickman and wife Judy of Kingsport, Tenn.; daughter, Christie Hickman Harwell and husband Allen of Suwanee; stepdaughter, Linda Nordahl and husband Brad Menz of Marietta; stepdaughter-in-law, Evelyn Nordahl of Wachtersbach, Germany; grandchildren, Amanda Hickman Tipton and husband Michael of Kingsport, Tenn., Ryan Hickman of Atlanta, Ashley Hickman Pickard and husband Jonathan of Atlanta, Rachel Harwell and Christopher Harwell of Suwanee; step grandson, Tobias Nordahl of Wachtersbach, Germany; sister, Alida Hickman Coleman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. with a memorial service at noon. Graveside services will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Douglasville at 3 p.m.
In his memory, the family requests that donations be made to the , P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, or to the , 41 Perimeter Center East, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Condolences may be made at
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Forsyth County News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17, 2012
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