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.