Weldon Betts Hicks (2/12/1925 - 2/9/2018)

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Weldon Betts Hicks was born to his late parents, Rev. and Mrs. O.C. Hicks, in Paragould, Arkansas, on February 12, 1925. He passed into the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, February 9, 2018 after a battle with brain cancer.

Weldon graduated from high school in Rienzi, MS, and attended Baylor University where he played on the basketball team with his brother Marlon. He met his beloved wife Nona in freshman English class, when she was 16 and he was 17. Weldon put his Baylor education on hold when World War II began, enlisting in the United States Navy and graduating from Midshipman's School at Columbia University in December 1944. He volunteered to be part of the underwater demolition team, serving as a Frogman in World War II. This division of the Navy later became known as the SEALS, and he would go on to spend 22 years in the Naval Reserves.

He married his Baylor sweetheart, Nona Hunt Hicks, while on a short leave from the Navy on May 4, 1945. He returned to her when the war ended later that year, finished his Baylor degree in business, and moved to Houston. While in Houston, he began a career with Exxon that spanned nearly four decades, most recently working as a Landman. In 1968 he moved to Tyler, where he and Nona joined Green Acres Baptist church.

During his life, he served in many positions in his church, including deacon, deacon emeritus, nursery coordinator, visitation coordinator, Sunday School director, and Training Union director. He was dedicated volunteer, helping deliver Meals on Wheels and clothes to others in need, and working at the local soup kitchen. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite.

Weldon loved Jesus, his family, and Baylor. He was the most honorable, generous, and kind man we have ever known. He enjoyed a great story, had an infectious laugh, and truly lived his life verse (Matthew 6:33). He walked with the Lord for his entire life, and we are thankful that he is now reunited with his Savior.

Weldon was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Nona Hicks, his parents, his two brothers, and his two sisters. He is survived by daughters, Camilla Schneider of Fort Worth, Lynne Moore of LaPorte and Cynthia Carter of Tyler; half-sister Margaret Frances Hicks Prisock, sister-in-law Patricia Hutchison and her husband John D, sister-in-law Camilla Cole and her husband Jimmie, eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Weldon's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2018 at Green Acres Baptist Church with Pastor David O. Dykes officiating, under direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Tyler Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit on Monday from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nona Hunt Hicks Endowed Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place # 97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 11, 2018
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