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December 03, 2023

James Eldon Hicks, Sr

James Eldon Hicks, Sr, 80, left this world peacefully on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. He was ready to go home and meet his Lord.

He was born May 31, 1939, in Rich Mountain, Tennessee, in Campbell County, the son of the late James Franklin and Sadie Marie Womble Hicks.

In addition to his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by sisters, Thelma Eudena Hicks Rouse and Lola Hicks Brooks Fetzer Cox; and oldest daughter, Crystal Yolanda Hicks.

Eldon served valiantly in the US Army, rising to the rank of captain. A Vietnam veteran, he served as an artillery forward observer. He was decorated with the 1969 Bronze Star Medal, the 1970 Army Commendation Medal, the 1971 Gallantry Cross with Silver Star from the Republic of Vietnam, and various other certifications and commendations.

Eldon was an accountant by profession and avid fisherman before his illness. When the weather was well suited, you could find him on the lake, with family and friends, pole in hand.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Ann Barger Hicks of the home in Conover; sister, Levada June Hicks Robbins of Clinton, Tennessee; brother (in-law) and fishing buddy, Bobby Charles Barger of the home; daughter, Heather Liame Hicks Friday and husband Burke, their daughters, Canzada and Brianna Friday of Taylorsville; granddaughter, Precious Melody Gilbert and husband Todd, and children of Conover; grandson, Victor Justin Dellinger and wife Christy, and children of Claremont; granddaughters, Jamie Elizabeth Hicks and Jannah M. Hicks; estranged son of many years, James E. Hicks, Jr. and wife Sally of Conover; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio.

The family would like to extend a special gratitude to Mrs. Joyce Spencer and the Veterans Affair, who made it possible for Eldon to stay home until Jesus called him to his eternal home.

There will be no receiving, and a private funeral and dispersal of ashes will be postponed until a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Hicks Family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any veterans organization of the giver’s choosing.

The Hicks Family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

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