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Melvia Colena Hicks

Melvia Colena Hicks
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Melvia Colena Hicks

August 2, 2017

Service Details

The services will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 River Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093, on Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11am Visitation, 12pm Homegoing Service.  Interment at Riverside Cemetery.


2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.


Obituary Notice


Melvia Colena Hicks, faithful servant of the Lord, was born to Arthur and Alice (Barnes) Kelly on November 30, 1926, in Prentiss, MS.  She and her twelve siblings grew up in the town of Silver Creek, MS.


Melvia moved to Chicago, Illinois where she met Sherman Hicks and they were soon united in marriage. They were married for 49 years, until Sherman's passing in 1999.   After being married for a few years, God gave them a vision to move to the village of Jones, Michigan where they would raise eight children.   As their children became older they moved to Three Rivers, Michigan so that the children could be actively engaged in school and church activities.  Melvia always put God first.  She instilled the value of love for God in her children and was committed to the scripture Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way they should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it."


Melvia was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church for over 50 years, until she was physically unable to attend. She served in many capacities of the church including Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Pastor's Aide, Children's Choir Director and Children's Church Director.  Though young people found Mrs. Hicks as "someone that didn't play", they knew that she loved them and they loved her in return.  Her Biblical instruction impacted the lives of many young people.  In June 2013, Bethel Baptist Church dedicated the Children's Church in her honor and named it, The Melvia Hicks Center for Children.  This was quite an honor for her and attests to her spiritual walk with Christ. 


Melvia loved to cook and spent many years not only cooking for her family but was employed as a cook in various restaurants.  One of her specialties was baking apple pies which family, church and community members enjoyed! She was also employed as a Teacher’s Aide in Three Rivers Community Schools and she served as a volunteer at Three Rivers Area Hospital. In spite of her busy life as a mother and wife she found time to enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting, puzzles, gardening, and fishing.


Even as she began to age, she always acknowledged her love for the Lord.  Her visits with her children were often spent reading scripture, praying, and singing hymns.  She really enjoyed singing hymns and frequently, with a smile on her face she would say, "That was a good one!"


Melvia is survived by all eight of her children. She leaves to cherish her memory, Doris Jean  Elam (Edward) of Flint, MI; Raymond Hicks of Traverse City, MI; Alan Hicks (Berma) of Aurora, CO;  Stephen Hicks (Evangela) of Kalamazoo, MI;  Dr. Sylvia Hicks-Fox (Joseph) of Kalamazoo, MI; Dr. Linda Hicks, of Southfield, MI; Marcus Hicks of Dunwoody, GA and Gerald Hicks (Michelle) of Suwannee, GA;  thirteen grandchildren: Valeria Brown, Herbert Young, Jr. (Renee), Tyrone Hicks (Monica), Troy Hicks (Anna), Jeremiah Hicks, Joshua Hicks, Cordell Hicks, Nicole Hicks, Alan Hicks, Jr., Christopher Hicks, Catrina Hicks, Gabriella Fox, Nicolas Hicks;  ten great grandchildren: Dorin Young, Malcolm Brown (Simone), Malachi Waller, Mya Hicks, Sietie Hicks, Kyah Hicks, Owen Hicks, Kayla Battle, Charles Battle, Jr., Alana Battle;  one great, great grandchild Malcolm Brown, Jr.,  and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Alice Armstrong, Beatrice Hannah, Erma Hunt, Lillie Bridges and brother A.R. Kelly. 


Melvia is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alice Kelly, husband, Sherman Hicks; sisters, Floncia Sutton, Ethel K. Wicker, Bertha Newton, Lena K. Suttles, and Leogia Otis; and brothers, Leroy Kelly and Willie Clarence Kelly.


Melvia Hicks transitioned to her heavenly home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.



Donations may be directed to the Charity of One's Choice. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.                    
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4 comments on article "Melvia Colena Hicks"

Larry & Janet Campbell

Our condolences on the loss of your mother. She lead quite a full and good life, and we know she will always be fondly remembered.

James, Pamela, Jim & Reid Brownsmith

We offer our condolences on the loss of your Mother. May God give each of you peace and strength during this difficult time.

God's peace and comfort to all of you. May your Mother rest in peace.

The Brownsmith Family

Samuel & Barbara Daniel

Hicks Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the death of your dear Mother. God has picked another flower for his heavenly garden.

With Deepest Sympathy!

Samuel & Barbara Daniel

Kris Ayers

Dear Linda, Sylvia, and family,

So sorry to hear about your mother. What a full life she led! I often think about you both and our swimming lessons among other things. I hope you find comfort and peace with your many memories. With sympathy, Kris

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