Stanley Winford Hicks, son of Robert Richard and Velma Anna (Crabtree) Hicks was born at Plato, Missouri on October 14, 1918, and passed away on July 22, 2012. Dr. R.B. Lilly was Stanley’s attending physician and kept a close watch as to insure his survival as Stanley was a very small baby weighing 2 pounds and 6 ounces. Stanley was an only child growing up in the Plato and Roby area. He spent 3 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a very small child. He gave his life to Christ at a young age and was a member of the Plato Baptist Church until 1954. When the Clara Baptist Church was organized he became a Charter Member and a Deacon of the Church. Stanley was a strong Christian and had a great love for his church and church family.
He attended 1 year of High School at Plato and his last three years at Houston graduating in the Class of 1937. During his sophomore year of High School he met the girl of his dreams, Hazel Miller, and they were married on March 2, 1940. There was no greater love than the love that Stanley had for Hazel.
After marriage, Stanley and Hazel lived on a farm on the upper Roubedoux Creek and in the 1943 his father purchased their farm known as the “Johnston Place” near Clara along the Big Piney river. He had admired this farm while he was dating Hazel and when it became available for sale they purchased this property. Since March 27, 1943 they lived on this farm and raised their four children. The river has always been a big part of their lives spending many hours fishing, camping, swimming canoeing and picnicking with the family and grandchildren. Stanley was never too busy to go fishing or take a boat to the river with his “kids”. The grandchildren spent many days with grandpa. When the youngest grandchild Rhonda came along she took the place of the grandsons who were young men and didn’t have much time to spend on the river. Rhonda became Stanley’s constant companion until the end. Stanley shared his farm on the Big Piney with his neighbors and lots of friends. He always said if they shut the gates, they are welcome to fish, picnic and swim at his farm.
Stanley was very involved in the community and served as a board member of the Production Credit Association, the Piney River Commission, board member for the Extension Council, Project Leader for the Hightown 4H Club. He was also the Assessor for the Piney Township for 18 years and an active member of the Democrat Party. Stanley was never too busy to let the farm wait and do volunteer work at the Clara Baptist Church, the feeder pig and calf sales, the Murphy Building and the Livestock pens at the Fairgrounds. If anyone needed help Stanley would stop what he was doing on the farm and go help. Having helped construct the base for the flag at the fairground, he was extremely proud of his American heritage.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Eddie Moore, and grandson Donald Stevenson. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, four children; Richard Lee Hicks and wife Pat , Rowena Moore, and Rose Ward of the Houston area and Rita Peek and husband Richard of Peculiar, Missouri. Stanley is survived by nine grandchildren; Leigh Ann Hicks Myers and James of Lebanon, Missouri; David Stevenson and Amy of Peculiar, Missouri; Michael Moore, Terry Moore and Sharon, Joey Moore and Julie, Rhonda Cook and Jonathan of Houston, Missouri, Raquel Morrow and Doug, Rashel Bussard and Dan of Nixa, Missouri, Dana Hicks Hart and David of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is survived by 13 precious Great Grandchildren, and 5 step Great Grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday July 24, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday July 25, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wolford Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.