Opal Rhoda Cumpton Hicks, daughter of the late Willie Lee Cumpton and Alberta Horton Cumpton, was born May 22, 1909 in Dunklin County, Missouri and departed this life April 12, 2005 at the Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett, at the age of 95 years, 10 months and 20 days. On February 19,1930 in Lonoke County, Arkansas, she married Marshall Fletcher Hicks, who preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1987.
Survivors include one son, Bob L. Hicks and his wife, Wini, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Warren Hicks and his wife, Lisa, of Memphis, Tenn. and Cassie Hicks Riley and her husband, John, of Memphis; five great-grandchildren, Josh Harmon and wife, Brandi, of Dexter, Mo., Sara Riley Johnson, Rachel Riley Sanders and husband, Steve and Devin and Katie Hicks, all of Memphis; five great-great-grandchildren, Taylor and Austin Harmon, of Dexter, Cameron Johnson, Jalen McInturff and Jordyn Sanders, all of Memphis; one sister, Geraldine Casper and husband, Raymon, of Kennett and other relatives and many friends.
Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by one son, Billy Ray Hicks; one great-grandson, Marshall Owen Hicks; one great-great-granddaughter, Brianna Nicole Johnson; three brothers, Willie, Raymond and Ursel Cumpton and one sister, Gladys McCrary,
She was a charter member of Third Street Baptist Church, where she taught in the Sunday School department and sang in the choir. Mrs. Hicks has worked in numerous businesses in Kennett and retired from the Kennett School System food services department.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Bud Evans officiating.
Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Warren Hicks, Devin Hicks, John Riley, Dennis Casper, Ervin Byrd and Josh Harmon.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Lance, Cecil Vavak, J.T. Lynn, Tom Striegel, Rodney Lawless, Jim Harbor, Bob White, David Cumpton, James Geohagan, Ray Elder, J.W. Ford, Don Ford, Robert Lane, Earl Husband, Wayne Malone, Burt Jones, Paul Cuff, Atlas Glover, Jim Hill, Jerry Goodman, Charles Butler, Bob McCain, Jack Lunsford, Wayne Malone, James Ray and Tom Clevenger.