Odell Hicks who lived most of her married life in Tallapoosa, Georgia died on May 23, 2012 at the age of 91. She was currently residing at The Home of The Good Shepherd in Wilton, New York.
She was born in Cleburne County, Alabama, April 25, 1921 to Cleveland and Pearl Pounds. She has two sisters who predeceased her, Thelma Hicks of Bremen, Georgia and Mauline Gable of Tallapoosa and one surviving sister Cathryn Morrison of Oxford, Alabama.
In 1941 she married Eugene Hicks also from Cleburne County. They had two sons Eddie and Rickey Hicks who grew up in Tallapoosa and attended Tallapoosa High School and Georgia Tech. The Hicks family resided on Alabama Street and Woodland Brook Drive in Tallapoosa for over 50 years. Eugene Hicks died in 1989. In 2003 Odell moved to Saratoga Springs, New York near her oldest son.
At The Home of The Good Shepherd she was called Miss Odell the Southern Belle and was known for her southern charm and frequent references to “the way we do it down South”.
Odell was a graduate of Ranburne High School, Ranburne, Alabama and at the age of 43 obtained her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) degree. She worked as a LPN for Doctor Richard Allen in Tallapoosa for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, and also attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs.
Sarah Odell Pounds Hicks is survived by her sister Cathryn and her two sons, two granddaughters and six great grandchildren. Eddie and Janice Hicks live in Saratoga Springs. Granddaughter Juli Bickley, husband Lance and three children, Eli, Luke and Jana live in Ballston Spa, New York. Granddaughter Jeaneen Ivey, husband Frank and three children, Jamie, Bo and Charis live in Orlando, Florida. Rickey and Susan Hicks live in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Funeral services will be held, Sunday, May 27, at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of Miller Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Layton officiating. Burial will follow in Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery in Anniston, Alabama.
Her family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Home, Saturday evening, May 26 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM.