Mr. James Rowan (Ryan) Hicks, age 89, of Little Sand Mt. Road, Armuchee, Ga., passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 1, 2018, in a Rome hospital.

Mr. Hicks was born October 14, 1928 in Floyd County, Georgia, a son of the late Grady L. and Bernie Rowan Hicks. Mr. Hicks was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army, formerly delivered Double Cola in this area, was owner of Tidings Grocery and Dirt Town Deli. He was preceded in death by brothers, Sherman, John, Winford, and Leonard Hicks, and a grandson Scott Smith.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Frances Stoker (Tommie) Hicks; daughter, Darlene Phillips; sons and daughters-in- law, Mike (Gayle) Hicks; Mark (Chrystal) Hicks; grandchildren: Jesse Hicks, Matt Hicks, Marisa Grogan; great-grandchildren, Aly Smith, Bowie Hicks, Shannen Hernandez, Fisher Grogan; brother, Jere (Dora) Hicks; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. from graveside in the Summerville Cemetery, with the Rev. Miles Phillips officiating. Active Pallbearers Jesse Hicks, Kyle Hicks, Trent Hicks, Wendell Hicks, Kippy Marks, Stevie Lingerfelt; Honorary Pallbearers will be the Armuchee High School Girls Basketball Team and the Girls of Dirt Town Deli. The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.