Marietta — Services for George M. “Buggs” Hicks Jr, 88, of Marietta, most recently of Ardmore, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Pastor David Leu officiating. Interment in the Leon Cemetery, Leon, will follow under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.
George (also known as Buggs) was born Nov. 22, 1930, at Jimtown, Okla., the son of George M. Hicks, Sr. and Dorothea Marie Harris Hicks.
George grew up in Jimtown and finished high school at Leon in 1948. On July 15, 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Media June Petty, of Leon, beginning a lifelong partnership. Their family was looking forward to celebrating their 70th anniversary this summer. George and Media made their home at Jimtown in a two-room house. There Gina was born and seven years later Johni was born.
Later they bought their first farm, although his father felt it was too expensive ($65 an acre), saying, “Son, in a few years you can buy it for half that price.” They moved the two-room house to the farm, added onto it and lived there 20 years. Then they moved to the Shady Dale Community where they lived the next 40 years in a log cabin that George built. George was an outgoing, sociable farmer/rancher who enjoyed working with livestock, visiting with people, and working at the sale barn. He was also very involved in his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives.
In addition, George was involved in numerous community activities, especially those involving young people. He served on the Leon School Board for four years and the Love County Fair Board for over 30 years, helping oversee many of the improvements. He enjoyed collecting money for premiums and jackpots for the kids at the livestock shows. George was an honorary member of all three Love County Vo-Ag Chapters as well as the Love County 4-H Club.
As a young man, George was saved and baptized into the Jimtown Baptist Church. He served in many capacities in the church, including deacon. He loved encouraging young ministers, often hosting them for the weekend or during revivals by providing meals and a place to stay. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Buggs supported the youth by taking them on mission trips, hosting Revolution Weekend, even to the point of hosting, with Media’s help, 18 sixth and seventh graders for a weekend one year.
After they bought a travel trailer, George and Media joined the Volunteer Christian Builders. This allowed them to meet and become friends with many other Christians as they traveled and served in several states.
George was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; brother, James Hicks; son-in law, Steve Bell; nephew, Donald Iran Bucher; and great-nephew, Geoffrey Petty.
Survivors include his wife, Media June of the home; daughters, Georgina Calhoun and husband Steve, of Ninnekah, Okla., and Johni Bell of Ardmore. George’s two brothers, Bill Hicks and wife Zoe, of Tennessee, Roscoe Hicks and wife Brenda, of Marlow; and sister, Daroleen (Hicks) Bucher and husband Paul, of Marietta; grandchildren, Dillon Bell, Bryce Bell and wife Amanda, Lauren Storms and husband Blake, Clint Calhoun, and Robert Calhoun and wife Lydia; great-grandchildren, Maggie Bryce Bell, Miles William Bell, Ava Ray Bell, Emma Lynn Bell, and Jackson George Storms.
Serving as casket bearers will be Dillon Bell, Bryce Bell, Clint Calhoun, Robert Calhoun, Steve Calhoun and Blake Storms.
Time of visitation for family and friends will be this evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.