James Parker Hicks, better known as JP, of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. JP was born February 8, 1955 in Springhill, Louisiana to James Alfred Hicks and Beulah Mae (Craig) Hicks. JP was 62 years old.
JP loved to fish when he was younger. He enjoyed just being outdoors. He had developed a knack for the game of golf. But with all that being said, he was most passionate about the horse races. He was a known handicapper for the races. He absolutely loved anything to do with the thrill of the races. JP loved people. He was always aggravating someone about something. If he didn’t pester you, then you knew where you stood with him. But one thing for sure, JP enjoyed nothing more than being a Papa. His love for his family was undeniable.
JP leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Jodi Perry of Waldron, Arkansas, four siblings: Pat Goff and husband Bill of Grove, Oklahoma, Dottie Blackmon and husband Duane of Waldron, Arkansas, Brenda Mock and husband John of Waldron, Arkansas, and Phillip Hicks of Pocola, Oklahoma. Papa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandsons: Bryson “Smarty” Jones and Jake Perry. JP will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of extended family, friends, neighbors and loved ones.
JP was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beulah Hicks.
JP’s life celebration will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Rickey Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in the Pilot Prairie Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas.
JP’s pallbearers will be his nephews. Honorary pallbearers will TJ Johnson, Butch Sims, Billy Joe Hale, Darrell Horn, Herb Wilson and Dwayne Hutchens.
JP’s visitation will be Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where JP’s family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
You may leave words of remembrance for JP’s family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.