Obituary of Laura Hicks
Laura Washington Hicks was born July 20, 1935, to the late Deacon Garnell Washington, Sr and Juanita Carroll Washington in Barnwell County, South Carolina. She was the third oldest of fourteen children from this union. On November 1, 2023 while in her residence, Laura received her wings and entered eternal rest.
Laura gave her heart to the Lord at an early age. Then she joined Brown Chapel Baptist Church, in Barnwell, South Carolina where she was a faithful active member. She was educated in the public schools of Barnwell and graduated from Butler High School in 1955.
After graduation she moved to Brooklyn, NY and joined Wayside Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She later united in holy matrimony to the late James E. Hicks in Barnwell, South Carolina and this union spanned over 60 years. She supported her husband throughout his military service until he was honorably discharged and retired in April 1974. Laura traveled a lot as a military family member and worked several odd jobs.
After moving to Maryland in in December 1973, Laura became an active member of New Southern Rock Baptist Church (NSRBC), Washington, D.C, under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. M.G. Barr. She loved the Lord and served faithfully. Shortly after joining NSRBC, she became the Secretary for the Sunday School Department, participated in Adult Sunday School, Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, Prayer Service, and was also a member of the Ever-Ready Club for many years. When her husband moved his membership to Gethsemane Baptist Church, Laura supported their Senior Missionary Ministry, Adult Bible Class #2, and various other programs.
Laura was a devoted Wife, Mother, and Friend. Her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those she leaves behind. She was preceded in death by her husband James E. Hicks (2017). Sons: James W. (Sharon) Hicks of Charlotte, NC; James Green of Brandon, FL. Siblings: Essie Lowry of St Alban, NY; Molly Evens of Brooklyn, MD; Benjamin Washington of Dover, DE; James (Ann) Washington of Rome, OH; Carroll Ford of Barnwell, SC; Bernice Brooker of Barnwell, SC; David (Jean) Washington of Barnwell, SC; Garneita (Eric) Myers of Barnwell, SC. Sisters In-Laws: Mary Perry of Laurel, MD; Gloria Hicks of Midlothian, VA; grandchildren, great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and neighbors; Close friend and travel buddy Mary Hampton of Hyattsville, MD; God Daughter Arlinda Hemphill of Charlotte, NC.; Sister in Christ Elvira Dixon of Hyattsville, MD.
She was a blessing to us all, and although she will be greatly missed, we celebrate her entry into heaven where she will rest eternally in the arms of the Heavenly Father.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Laura Hicks, please visit Tribute Store