John Hicks obituary (1937 – 2021) – Palestine, Texas


John Webster Hicks, Sr., 84, of Palestine, Texas, met his Lord and Savior peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born in Simsboro, Louisiana on July 7, 1937 to his parents Clarence and Josie Hicks.

John was best known for his work ethic and dedication to his family. At a young age, John began a career of over 35 years with Texaco Corporation. After retiring at the age of 61, he founded his own very successful well maintenance business which he operated until just two years ago.

Known as an early riser and hard worker, John cultivated a wealthy life for his family despite humble beginnings and limited formal education. He had a huge heart and was always ready to share his blessings or knowledge with anyone in need. Through his sure courage and willingness to help anyone, John left a legacy for his family, proving that hard work and kindness pays off.

John is survived by his four children John Hicks, Jr. (wife, Marsha); Tim (wife, Elaine); Jodie Hicks and Chris (wife, Angela), thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. And finally, his beloved and trusted longtime companion, Janet Naquin, to whom the family are eternally grateful for her loving care, especially in recent years.

His 45-year-old wife Mary, his parents, three sisters and five brothers, of whom he was the last remaining, precede him in death.

The family will receive guests for visits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Maison Funéraire du Rhône.

The funeral to celebrate the life of Jean is to be celebrated at ten in the morning on Monday, November 22 in the memorial chapel of the Rhône. Immediately thereafter, John will be buried in the Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine, Texas with Masonic Rites.

Those honored to serve as porters are Jonathan Hicks, Joseph Estes, Kanyen Guice, Preston Hicks, Clay Hicks and Elijah Hicks.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the charity of choice in honor of John.

The funeral services of John Webster Hicks, Sr. are entrusted to Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. To leave your condolences online, visit

Posted by Express-News on November 20, 2021.

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