CLYDE — Franklin “Frank” Delano Hicks Sr., 81, died Aug. 10, 2019, following a six-month battle with cancer.

At his request, Frank died at his home in the loving arms of his wife and children. He was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, a 1957 graduate of Canton High School, and a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany. He was employed at Champion Waynesville and Dayco Southern in maintenance.

Frank was proceeded in death by his parents, Filmore Millard Hicks and Margie Lee Hicks; brothers, Glen and Reeves Hicks; and sisters, Sarah Hicks, Grace Bishop and Inis Boyd.

Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years, Brenda Paxton Hicks; a daughter, Ginger Hicks and her spouse, Marie Whitener; sons, Franklin D. Hicks Jr. “Chip” and his partner, Elizabeth Ure and Dallas Millard Hicks and his wife, Kelly Martin Hicks; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nina Trantham.

Frank enjoyed a special relationship with his grandson, Seth Hicks and niece, Becky Boyd Hayden and her husband, Ray. Frank’s great- grandson, Barret Hicks was the joy of his life.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held Saturday Aug. 17, at the venue “Reflections on the Pond”, 355 Johnson Drive, Canton, North Carolina. The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. immediately followed by a reception with the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly requests that donations be made to Haywood County Hospice, 43 Bowman Drive, Waynesville, NC 28785 or a charity of your choosing.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Hicks family, and words of comfort may be shared at

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