Robert Bruce Hicks(1921 - 2012)

Robert Bruce Hicks

Robert Bruce Hicks, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2012 at the age of 91.

Bob was born on July 12, 1921 in Hazleton, PA, to Bruce M. and Jennie MacNeal Hicks. He was a standout athlete who earned a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee to play for General Robert Neyland. World War II interrupted his college years, and he served in the US Navy during the war. He returned to UT where he earned his degree and met his future bride, Louise Halliburton, of Sango. They were wed in 1948 and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Louise's death in 2010.

A lengthy coaching career was highlighted by an appearance in the 1968 Rose Bowl with Indiana University.

Bob was a teacher at heart, using athletic competition as a means to instill valuable life lessons. He delighted in the relationships he maintained with many of the men he coached. Known for his optimism and cheerful disposition, Bob's life will continue to serve as inspiration for his loved ones. He was a dedicated family man who will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his adoring children, Barbara Gartner (Chris) of Park Ridge, IL, Rebecca Dickson (Bruce) of Austin, TX and Robert B. Hicks, Jr. (Jennifer) of Zionsville, IN; nine grandchildren; beloved brother-in-law, John Halliburton (Wena); and many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his dear sister, Ruth Hicks Randall Stewart.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488. Online condolences may be made at


Funeral Home

Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home
1510 Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 645-6488

Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Nov. 29, 2012