August 21, 1944 ~ October 9, 2022

Born in: Jewell Valley, VA
Resided in: Union Mills, NC

Reverend John Jackson Hicks, 78, of Union Mills, NC passed from this life Sunday, October 9, 2022. He was born on August 21, 1944, in War, WV to the late Virgil and Etta Hicks. He was raised in War, attended Big Creek High School, and then joined the Army at age 17. He fought in the Vietnam War and later served as a Recruiter and Career Counselor before retiring on October 31, 1981.

As a child, John was often told he should be a preacher; he answered God’s call to ministry in 1983 while living in Candler, NC. He graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, was ordained in 1985, and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in theology from Mars Hill College. John served as Pastor of six churches over 23 years and continued to serve in many ways after retiring, most recently as a member of Gilkey Baptist Church.

John was a natural and talented musician who played guitar and sang from an early age. He was an avid gardener and outdoorsman, and he could fix almost anything. He was great with numbers and dates; he had an excellent memory and was a great orator. He loved spending time in nature and going on cruises with his wife and family. He loved his many grandchildren and had nicknames for each of them.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Connie Jean Scott Hicks; his three children: Lin Smith, Anita (John Ward), and Brian; his 12 grandchildren: Angela, Amanda, Cameron, Stefanie, Austin, Casey, Alex, Madison, Kaitlyn, Rachel, Hannah and John; and his 8 great grandchildren: Cyllean, Gabrielle, Charlie, Grace, Ashton, Clarissa, Remi and Grayson.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Military Honors will be rendered at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Pisgah View Memorial Park in Candler.


Funeral Service: October 11, 2022 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: October 11, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: October 12, 2022 11:00 am

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Thank you for being our friend for all these years. I will always remember you and Connie singing at my mothers 84th birthday. Connie, you have been the best friend I have ever had. I know you remember you and I washing the car in the creek and it started floating away! We had to call a tow truck. Will be praying for you as you say “see you later” to Johnny. It’s not easy as I have found. Much love, your friend always

  2. Dear Ms. Connie and the rest of the family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. John. He was such a special man and a great man of God. We have wonderful memories of the years he served as our pastor at Trinity. The day you two drove to Boone just to take me to dessert left quite an impression on me. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joyce and Tammy

  3. Dear Uncle Johnny,
    I will truly miss you coming to visit and sitting around talking about such great memories and things you did as you grew up and traveled around. Our great dinners we shared during new year’s. The times we sat around the fire pit and listen to music. The times you consoled me and prayed over me when I loss Les and the tragedy that I experienced. For I know you are in heaven and what I told you about the peace after life, you are now experiencing. What a joy and wonderful feeling, PEACE. I long to be there one day to have that joy and peace. To see your face once again and say, I told you so.

    Now, I pray for our family that they find comfort in the days ahead. That God gives them peace in there hearts and joy knowing that they will reunite with you once again. Sending prayers, love and hugs to my cousins and aunt Connie.

    Hallelujah, until we meet again love always, your niece Tina.


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