Franklin Delino Hicks was born in Daviston, AL on May 3, 1943 to Edna Spates, and he went to Heaven on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the age of 75 years.
Frank graduated in 1961 from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, AL. Frank served honorably in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. He married the love of his life, Martha, on January 10, 1964 and they lived in Alexander City for two years. In 1966 they moved to Montgomery, AL and had their only son, Philip, in 1970. In 1973 the family moved to Pensacola, FL. Frank and Martha built their retirement home on Mulat Bayou in Milton, FL in 2000. They were married 54 years and 6 months. Frank was a loving husband, role model father and grandfather, a friend of the senior citizens at the Bagdad FL Senior Center and he maintained friendships with his fellow corrections officers.
Frank was a certified Corrections Officer by the State of Florida and worked for 22 years at the Escambia County Corrections Department before his medical retirement. Frank spent most of his work time at the Escambia County Road Prison, the only county-operated work camp in Florida. Frank attended Pensacola State College and Troy University. He completed a certification in criminal justice and served as a training officer for his shift. Frank retired in 2006 and received a lung transplant in 2007 for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The family appreciates the support received from the Road Prison correction officers during the 2004 Hurricane Ivan before and after the lung transplant, his most recent illness and the funeral.
Frank and Martha are life members of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Pensacola. They enjoyed traveling to such locations as Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Alaska and Hawaii. They both visited Honolulu, HI upon the birth of their first grandson, Daniel, during Philip’s assignment to Hickam AFB, HI. They also visited Montgomery, AL upon the birth of their second grandson, Samuel during their son’s assignment to Maxwell AFB, AL. Frank loved to fish, hunt and work on his computer.
Frank is survived by his wife, Martha; his son, Philip (Monica); their grandchildren, Candace, Daniel and Samuel; his sister, Wanda (Jerry) Holman and their children Keith, Ken and Kevin; cousins, Peanut Roger (Peggy) Spates and their children Tina, Tim and Tabitha and Carol Daniels. He leaves behind many colleagues and friends at the Road Prison who he continued to see frequently after retirement on many special occasions.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 am with services following at 11:30 am on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL with Father Matthew Carter officiating. Committal services with full military honors will follow at 1:00 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida on behalf of Frank Hicks.