Funeral service for Mr. Benny Delane Hicks, age 80, will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the Unity Baptist Church, Cotton Valley, LA, with Rev. Gary Taylor, Bro. Dave Acklin officiating. Graveside services will follow in Cotton Valley Cemetery with Bro. Jim Bell officiating. Services are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, LA.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Unity Baptist Church, Cotton Valley, LA.
Mr. Hicks was born on October 3, 1939, to Alfred Burton and Coy Virginia Pannell Hicks in Parkin, AR, and passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020, in Springhill, LA. He married his high school sweetheart and one true love, Jolene Miles in March 1959. Delane was raised in the farming country of Missouri and Arkansas but spent his life working as an ironworker and boilermaker for more than 20 years in Missouri and was a master logger for nearly 40 years in Sarepta, LA. He was a hobby entrepreneur at an early age buying and selling cars with his brother, Bertie. It was there he developed a “lead” foot and learned to love racing. Later, he would enjoy the sport of stock car racing with his brothers, Miles, and Leroy. A family opportunity in the ownership of Bayou Speedway was one of his greatest joys in life. Delane believed in hard work and passed his beliefs as well as his faith to his children.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jolene Miles Hicks of Sarepta; two daughters, Angela Campos, and husband, Jose of The Woodlands, TX, Tammy Cook of Sarepta, LA; son, Kevin Hicks, and wife, Kay of Sarepta; six grandchildren, Tasha Kleinhans and husband, Brady, Rusty Hicks, and wife, JoAnna, Dalton Cook, Sam Cook, Delayna Hicks, Shelby Hicks; great-granddaughter, Violet Kleinhans; two sisters, Paulette Lee, and husband, Don of Bossier City, LA, Judy Hicks Maxwell of Cotton Valley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, A. B. Hicks, Jr, Bertie Hicks, Harold Hicks, Leroy Hicks, Miles Hicks; and sister, Brenda Grelle.
Pallbearers will be Brian Bell, Joe Beaty, Rusty Hicks, Dalton Cook, Sam Cook, and Trey Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Hicks, Courtney Miles, Justin Miles, and Trent Maxwell.
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