Larry Dean Hickman
10/10/1935 - 2/10/2017
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Services for Larry Dean Hickman, 81, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler. Mr. Hickman passed away Friday, February 10, 2017, in Tyler.

Larry Hickman was born in Spring Hill, on October 10, 1935, to O.B. and Mattie Jane Hickman and was the youngest of four boys. He had a love of music that never dimmed, and he sang for churches, banquets, weddings and theater productions all his life. Following graduation from Kilgore High School in 1955 Larry attended Baylor University on a football scholarship where he majored in Business with a minor in Vocal Performance. While at Baylor he married the love of his life, Shirley Winn of Gladewater. After graduating from Baylor he played professional football for five years before joining Texas Power & Light (later TU Electric). He worked for TU Electric in numerous cities and positions over the next 29 years. In 1993 Larry retired as the Tyler District Manager for TU Electric, choosing to remain in Tyler.

Larry and Shirley were active members of Marvin United Methodist Church for the past 35 years. Always active in the community, he served as a board member or officer of dozens of community organizations such as Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, East Texas Food Bank, and Hospice of East Texas. He was a phenomenal athlete with awards and records too numerous to list but highlighted by the 1960 NFL Championships game with the Green Bay Packers under Coach Vince Lombardi, 1961 Canadian Football League Championship Game (Gray Cup), and Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a loyal and deeply loved friend in addition to being a beloved husband and father. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, O.B. and Mattie Jane Hickman, and three brothers, John, Warner and Waller Hickman. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Shirley, their daughter, Lesa McCoy of Katy, their son and daughter-in-law, Winn and Marilea Hickman of Arlington, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 17, 2017.
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June 10, 2020
February 27, 2017
Garland and Luanne Thornton and daughter, Susan
February 21, 2017
Larry was a kind and giving person and always a friend to everyone he knew. He will be missed by so many that loved him. Larry and Shirley both gave so much to our community. For the past 11 years Larry & Shirley have offered to be the "Food Sponsors" for the Don Pinkerton Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the Salvation Army-Tyler "Doing The Most Good" Campaign. Larry will be missed by his family and his many friends. We were all blessed that Larry was a part of our lives!
Pat Pinkerton
February 17, 2017
With our sympathy to all the family and wishes for peace to all, so sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Scott & Mary Shipferling
February 17, 2017
Gayle and I are so very sorry to hear that Larry has passed. Larry was kind enough to sing in our daughters wedding in November 1999. He brought chills to my arms. We will never forget his sweet voice. He and Gayle played golf many times and met through Harry Beavers. Gayle thought the world of Larry.
Gayle Miller
February 14, 2017
Shirley. I have so many wonderful memories of you and Larry while you lived on Metropolitan Dr in Killeen. So many stories to tell - especially the time he rode it up on our porch. He looked like an elephant on a trike. I am so sorry for your loss
Evelyn Palmer - Schneider
February 13, 2017
I had the opportunity to spend some time in Tyler with Larry. I had an office in Tyler ....second floor walk-up at the time. He complained of chest pain when we topped the stairs and I encouraged him to see his doctor. Bolton line,..Larry had a heart carth and I will never forget what he said to me in his room after the procedure..."Joe, they are going to take a Black and Decker to me!" He and Shirleiy could not have been nicer to me when
I visited their home. Larry was first class!
Joe Weinberg
February 13, 2017
Larry, excuse me....Hickman, was larger than life. I will never forget him calling to check on me months after my father passed. If you are not part of the Sugar Bowl "family", you have no idea how special this group was and always will be.
Britt Briuton
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