On August 23, 1933, Timothy Wardell Hicks was born to Ms. Willie May Ashberry who passed during childbirth. Later, with great love and compassion Walter and Versie Bea Hicks of Brenham, Texas adopted Timothy Wardell. Timothy Wardell was loved and spoiled by his eleven sisters; Rosie, Lucille, Bessie, Gladys, Loria, Versie Bea, Mary Pettis, Walterine, and Artis Jean. Timothy Wardell attended school in Brenham Texas, as well as Tanner Bagget in East Bernard, Texas. He received his Doctorate of Divinity from Union Baptist Seminary, Inc. in 1971.
Timothy Wardell Hicks accepted Christ, at the age of 15, and was baptized May 29, 1948, under the leadership of Pastor, A.L. Gogens, Powell Point Baptist Church in Kendleton, Texas. In 1956, he was called to the ministry, and preached his first sermon at First Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Shappelle of Nacogdoches, Texas. Reverend W.D. Hicks was ordained February 17, 1960. He began his tenure pastoring Nazareth Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Texas from 1960-1964. During 1960-1989 he was also called to pastor Rising Star Baptist Church in Louise, Texas. Being the great leader he was, he pastored both churches. After being called to Spring Green Baptist Church he resigned from Nazareth, and pastored Spring Green Baptist Church from 1965-1989. In 1975 he was called to Pastor at Providence Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas. Later in 1989 the church decided to become full-time, and he continued his pastoral leadership until he retired on August 6, 2006. He remained a faithful member under the leadership of Pastor T.W. Hicks until the Lord called him home.
Dr. Hicks was the first African American to become a licensed wrecker driver in Fort Bend County, working for Parker Sales Dealership. Later, his love for commercial trucking caused him to become an owner/operator of Hicks Trucking, and Hicks Roadside and Tire Service.
Dr. Hicks married the love of his life, Gladys Daniels, May 17, 1952. To this union were 5 children, Robert, Dell Marie, Wesley, Timothy and Jacqueline. Dr. Hicks loved his family and took great joy, and pleasure spending time with his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. Dr. Hicks was preceded in death by his birth mother, Willie May Ashberry; Parents: Walter and Versie Bea Hicks, and eight sisters. He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy his devoted wife of 68 years, Gladys Hicks; Children; Robert Battle, Dell Marie McGee (Thaddeus) Cooper; Pastor Wesley (Ann)Hicks; Minister Jacqueline (Nathan) Perry; Pastor Timothy W.(Dorothea) Hicks, Jr. Twenty-three grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren; Sisters: Bessie Ross; Rosie (Clifton) Dixon; and Walterine Fountain (Cochrane) Smart; and a host of family and friends.
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