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Hicks , Paul - age 81, affectionately known as ""Cool Breeze"" departed this life Thursday, December 19, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. Member of the Austin Class of 1950. Preceded in death by parents, James and Julia Hicks; brothers, James, Jehu, and Samuel Hicks; sister, Melba Hicks; daughter, Diane Williams; grandson, George LaPaul Freeman, III; former wife, Peggy Hicks. Devoted member of Payne Avenue Baptist Church and member of the Seniors group. He was notorious for his skills in checkers, bowling, playing piano, and his choreographic dance known as ""The Itch."" Survivors: daughter Shelia Pauline Martin; son , Michael (Jackie) Hicks, all of Columbus, Ohio; daughters, Octavia Hicks Freeman, caregiver, Julia Hicks Ball of Knoxville; sisters, Sarah Dean of Macon, GA, Cherrie Simmons and Debra King, Knoxville; seven grandchildren to include granddaughters, Angela Redd of O'Fallon, IL, Qiana Turner, Columbus, Ohio; Amber (Maurice) Essie, and Jaylin Ball, Knoxville, grandsons, Ray (Terri) Callaway, Shawn Callaway, Columbus, Ohio, and Ventonio (Ashley) Foster, Knoxville; sixteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; special granddaughter and caregiver, Rodeseai Ball; special friends and extended family; Georgia Hicks, Maudine Hicks and Family, Jimmie Ruth Kyle and Family, Roderick Ball, Rodica Ball, Marvin (Katherine) Wright, Bishop Gary (Frenchie) Wright, Hilton Tate, Rev. Anthony (Johnnie) Rodgers, Joan Simon, Virginia Ferraris, Gail Mason; several nieces and nephews, numerous family and friends too many to name, and the entire Payne Avenue Baptist and Kingdom Life Church Family. Family will receive friends Thursday December 26, 2013, 5:30 to 6:30, funeral services 6:30 at Payne Ave. Baptist Church 2714 M.L.K. Jr. Ave. Pastor R. S. Brown Jr. eulogist. Internment 9:30 a.m. Friday, New Gray Cemetery. Family will assemble at 4312 Skyline Ave. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2013
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