David Howell Hicks

David Howell Hicks, 69, of Dover, TN died peacefully January 2, 2020 at his home with family by his side.

He was born in Stewart County, son of the late Reva Jewel Hicks Gray and was the step-son of the late Thornton Gray. He was the grandson of the late Charlie and Lucy Hicks.  He attended and graduated from Stewart County High School and later graduated from Austin Peay State University.

His law enforcement career spanned some 38 years. Serving as Sheriff of Stewart County from 1978 until 1996.  Moving on in 1996 as Director of the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force and Criminal Investigator for the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office and retiring there in 2016. His professional life was dedicated to the service of others.  Also for some time he taught criminal justice at Austin Peay State University.  He was a member of the Dover Masonic Lodge #544.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Hicks; his daughter, Katrena Pulley and her husband Travis; his brothers: Andy Hicks (Brenda), Craig Bagby, Frankie Gray (Melissa), Billy Gray (Kelly), George Gray (Anita) and Fritz Gray (Karon); his sisters, Leta Joiner (Joey) and Gayla Grise (Keith); his grandsons: Nathan Pulley, Matthew Pulley, Axle and Wyatt Shaw and Hunter Smith; his granddaughters: Hannah Pulley, Nicole, Ally and Molly Smith and River Meeks; his step-children: Kati Smith (Ryan)  Lindsey Hartsfield (Eric Meeks), Robert Shaw (Brittney)  and Mitchell Shaw; his aunts, Barbara Bruton (Charles) and Loretta Odom (Junior); and several nieces and nephews and friends.

A celebration of life public visitation will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. at the Stewart County Visitors Center in Dover.  There will be a private memorial service on Saturday, January 25.

Those desiring, memorials are suggested to the Wives of Stewart County Law Enforcement, c/o Leslie Bickford, P.O. Box 69, 314 Cedar Street, Dover, TN 37058, The American Cancer Society , Tennessee Sheriffs Association or to the Sheriff David Hicks College Fund for students persuing a Criminal Justice degree at any Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Services under the direction of the Taylor Funeral Home, Dickson, TN 615-446-2808 TaylorSince1909.com

 

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