ESSEX - William Newton Hicks, 86, formerly of Boone, Iowa, died Dec. 5, 2005, at his home.
Born July 22, 1919, in Double Springs, Ala., son of the late George Roland and Trannie Mae Ingle Hicks, he was a resident of Essex for 25 years. He was a retired operations engineer for Iowa Power and a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II and the Korean War. He was a ruling elder with the Presbyterian Church, a member of Mt. Olive Church in Boone, the Dexter Elks Lodge, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge 79 in Boone where he was a 32nd degree mason, Scottish Rite 320 of St. Louis, Order of The Eastern Star in Dexter, and the Shriners Zaga Zig temple in Boone.
On June 2, 1980, in Ames, Iowa, he married Thelma M. Munden who preceded him in death Oct. 2, 2004.
One son, Benny Joe Hicks; one brother, Billy Hicks; and two sisters, Gertrude Hicks and Lorene Fulgham, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include: six brothers, Ed Hicks of Advance, Cecil Hicks and Bob Hicks of Essex, Dee Wayne Hicks of Jackson, Lamar Hicks of Kansas City and Jerry Hicks of Haleyville, Ala.; and two sisters, Jewell Ramsey of Magnolia, Texas, and Lois Richards of Union, Mich.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Ernie Rogers of Poplar Bluff officiating.
Burial will follow in the Essex Cemetery.