— A memorial service for Edward Charles Hicks will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in TeAta Auditorium on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sevier Funeral Home, 702 Chickasha Avenue, Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Edward Charles Hicks was born to Edward V. Hicks and Freida Hicks on June 15, 1947 in Gorman, Texas and passed from this life on March 15, 2013 surrounded by his family.
Nine months after his birth, Ed demonstrated the fighting spirit he showed throughout his life. He was diagnosed with cancer in one of his kidneys and had to have it removed. Throughout his childhood Ed exhibited the determination he had to improve himself and those around him. He was also known as someone who kept his fellow classmates laughing on a regular basis, another trait he was well known for throughout his life.
In 1965 Ed graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He stood out as a basketball player and during his senior year made the winning shot in the state basketball championship game. Ed was named the MVP of the tournament.
Upon graduation, Ed was awarded a full scholarship to play basketball at St. Gregory’s in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He attended St. Gregory’s for two years when he decided to start his career. Ed went to work in a grocery store eventually working his way to produce manager.
Ed eventually took a job with Merico Foods where he worked his way to the position of national sales account representative and traveled the country selling fruitcake.
Ed decided that he needed to be closer to home and took a position with Tommy Ferguson at Ferguson Pontiac in Norman, Oklahoma and worked his way to Sales Manager. After deciding that he wanted to live in Chickasha, Ed partnered with Edwin Earl and opened Cars Etc. He owned and operated the car lot until 1979 when the oil embargo took its toll on the economy. Ed realized that large 1970s model vehicles would be difficult to sell and started talking to a good friend about a new career path.