July 22, 1898 - December 22, 1968
|One of the most beloved members of the Louisiana - A Annual Conference was Guy M. Hicks. He was born in Dublin, Georgia, on July 22, 1898.
He was married to Miss Bess Carroll, of Minden, Louisiana. Their children are Dr. Guy M. Hicks, Jr., Mrs. W. E. Conger, Jr. (Betty) and Mrs. Frank Jones (Jane).
He passed to his reward, on December 22, 1968 in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
His college education was at Meridan College, Brevard College, and Emory University. His seminary studies were at Garrett Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois, and Uinion Seminary, in New York City. His honorary D.D. degree was given by Centenary College.
Under girding his educational preparation for the ministry was a dynamic personal religious experience. Christ was very real to him. True to the Wesleyan tradition, he had both a trained mind, and a warmed heart.
He was honored in the Louisiana Conference by being elected to the General and Jurisdictional Conference five times. Twice, he was delegate to the World Methodist Conference.
He served a wide range of appointments, Belcher and Gilliam; Epworth in New Orleans; Mansfield; Trinity, Ruston; First Church, Alexandria; First Church, Shreveport; and two terms as district superintendent, in Ruston and Lake Charles.
He was asked to hold many revival meetings, in both small and large churches. When he retired in 1965, he returned to Ruston to live. He was all set to enjoy doing what he most liked to do, preaches the Gospel in revival meetings, play golf, read widely, and enjoy his family and friends.
This happy period in his life was cut short by tragic illness. A malignant disease, difficult to diagnose or treat, defeated his body.
His radiant spirit returned to God, who gave it.
We shall long remember Guy Hicks, for his confident faith in God, his integrity of character, his deeply spiritual emphasis, and his ability to share his religious experience with others.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pages 226-228, 1969 by Henry A. Rickey.|