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A tribute and biography of Gary's journey through his life, by his brother Tim Hicks.

Gary was born June 20, 1949 to Aubrey and Ouida Hicks. 

He dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and joined the Navy. He completed his G.E.D. while in the Navy. On his honorable discharge his rank was Seaman First Class. He reenlisted in the Navy Reserves for a time as a Chief Petty Officer and worked with computer organization for the government.

Gary  got his Bachelor's degree and then later his Master's degree and in recent years obtained a Project Manager Certification as well. Along  with his wife Linda, he raised two daughters, Michelle and Kathleen. Michelle blessed Gary and Linda with two granddaughters and a grandson.

He held a few sales positions over the years and eventually ended up working around computer environments. His last job was with IBM. He worked out of his home over the last few years, to spend more time with his family  His hobbies included racing motorcycles in the desert in the early 70's and scuba diving. Gary excelled at diving by getting multiple diving certifications in advanced diving, wreck diving, rescue diving and master diving.

In the last years of his life, Gary had developed an increasing closeness to Jesus his Lord. This was demonstrated by his involvement within his church and outside his church in other ministries.

Gary's final home here, was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After battling cancer for 3 years, the Lord called Gary home on August 22, 2006. His body is at rest in Stokes, Arkansas, at the Washington Road Cemetary.