LONE GROVE — Oleta Clark Hicks was born on April 1, 1922, to Lovie (Tucker) and B.V. Clark in Dillard. Oleta’s father, Vernon, worked in the oilfields of Oklahoma, and Oleta spent all of her formative years in southern Oklahoma. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Oleta married Bruce Hicks, and after he returned from the war, they settled in Purcell, where they had two children, Larry Hicks and Kay Hicks (Trent). Oleta worked as a hairstylist and homemaker. After spending 25 years in Purcell, she and Bruce moved to Ardmore, where they made their home for another 26 years.
Oleta was very active in church, and she had a gifted singing voice, regularly performing solos in church, weddings and funerals. After the death of her husband, Oleta relocated to Hattiesburg, Miss., where she lived another 18 years until her death on Sept. 11, 2016, at the age of 94. While in Hattiesburg, Oleta Hicks was an active member of Temple Baptist Church, which later became Hardy Street Baptist Church.
Oleta was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; and daughter.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Pat Hicks of Hattiesburg, Miss.; brother, Don Clark and his wife, Merlene of Lone Grove; grandchildren, Clark Hicks, Matthew Hicks, Mack Trent and Lori Trent-Richardson; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Lone Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Don Clark officiating. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Craddock Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, 3800 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73112; telephone (405) 942-3800, ext. 4628.
Online condolences may be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.