O.Q. Quick, (Orlando Quentin Quick), affectionately known by family and long-time friends as Dick, passed away peacefully in Waco, Texas, on Monday, April 21, 2014, a few weeks before his 95th birthday. Friends and family are invited to a simple memorial gathering at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home Garden Room. Burial of the ashes will take place in Liberty, Missouri, on the campus of William Jewell College at a later date. He was born in Hardin, Missouri, on May 16, 1919, to John Knox Quick and Willie Minelle Dameron Quick. The sixth of seven children, he was the last surviving member of that family. Dick developed a strong work ethic during his high school years, as he and some of his siblings were employed by their father, a respected operator of a local grain elevator. Dick majored in economics at William Jewell College, where he met Madeline Amelia Parrott during their freshman year. They both graduated with honors in 1941, and were married on Commencement Day almost 73 years ago. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Dick earned the opportunity to study for a year at the Harvard School of Business Administration. He later served as a supply officer on a destroyer escort. A Navy friend convinced him to come to work at Piccadilly Cafeteria in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after he was discharged in 1946. Dick and his family moved to Waco in 1948, when they opened the Piccadilly on Austin Avenue. He continued to take on more responsibilities with the company, and after 25 years in Waco, he was called back to the headquarters in Baton Rouge, where he worked for another 25 years. Piccadilly eventually expanded to more than one hundred cafeterias across the southern half of the United States. Dick held the position of President and CEO when he retired and moved back to Waco after fifty years of service. Dick and Madeline were active members of First Baptist Church in Waco and Broadmoor Baptist in Baton Rouge. They also attended Park Cities Baptist Church during their 11 years in Dallas, before returning to Waco last November to be near family. A long-term member of Rotary Club, Dick served on the boards of Fidelity National Bank, Golden Gate Seminary, Baton Rouge General Hospital, and the Salvation Army. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; four children, Charles Richard Quick and wife, Pamela, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Judy Quick and husband, Charlie Belt, Sue Garth and husband, E.P., of Waco, Texas, and Paul Allen Quick of Asheville, North Carolina; along with nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family also invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WHBfamily.com.
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Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home
6101 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX 76710
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2014