Ms. Betty Jean (Stubbs) Hicks was born on May 25, 1938, in Selma, AL to the late Noah and Mary Stubbs. She expressed faith and accepted Christ at an early age. She eventually joined New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL under the leadership of the late Reverend Nelson H. Smith, who was also a native of Selma, AL. She later attended Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Pratt City under the leadership of Reverend T.L. Lewis. She recently joined The Movement Fellowship Church under the leadership of Reverend Chris Erskin.
She attended and graduated from Selma High School where she enjoyed and played the clarinet in the band earning a band scholarship to Alabama State University. She married Philip Hicks, Jr. She eventually moved to Birmingham, AL, with her children. She worked in food services for many years where she perfected her culinary skills to the delight of her family, friends, and neighborhood kids who frequently were welcomed for dinner at her table. Her cakes and “rolls” were ordered and coveted by family and friends during the holidays and throughout the year.
She was a gentle, kind, selfless spirit who brought delight to all who met her. She was especially fond of her family to whom she devoted her life. She enjoyed attending sporting events of her children and grandchildren alike. She was especially proud of each and every one of them. She was always up and ready to go to the next event. If she had a pain here or there, it was forgotten with the chance to get out and enjoy her family.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Noah Stubbs, Edward Stubbs, Jerry Stubbs, Mary Louise Thomas, George Stubbs, and Doris Stubbs Gunn. She is survived by one sister, Maggie Sharpe.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memories: four children, Karen Hicks Coleman, Birmingham, Anthony Hicks (Rashawna), Birmingham/Cincinnati, Sharon Little (Shawn), Memphis, TN and Bobby Hicks, Birmingham; nine grandchildren, Nakia, Anthony Sorrell,Jamie, Kendall, Monique, Marquita, Martina, Gabrielle and Brianna; fourteen great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.