Shirley Faye Meers Hicks (Nanny) was a beloved grandmother, mother, and wife during her incredible 86 years of life. She passed away peacefully in the early evening hours of Friday, November 5, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones. Nanny was born on January 19, 1935, in Rome, Georgia to JS and Alta Meers. She was preceded in death by her brother, Duane Meers. She worked many years in mills and then became an insurance saleswoman where she was able to apply her problem-solving skills, self-motivation, and honesty to meet the needs of her customers while making lasting friendships along the way. In 1951, Nanny met Winford Clark Hicks at the local gas station he and his friend owned. When Winford laid eyes on her, he told her to go on home because he was going to phone her, which he did. He waited until she was 16 years old and then married her and taught her how to drive a car. They were married for 19 years. Shirley and Winford went on to have four children. Kenneth Hicks (Starlett), Diane Hicks, Jeanice Teems (Terry), and Wendell Hicks (Laura). She is survived by seven grandchildren: Brooke Hicks, Chris Rittenhouse (Amy), Danny Rittenhouse (Tisha), Eric Bennett, Kim Smith (Billy), Sawyer Hicks, and Gibson Hicks. She went on to marry the love of her life, Earl Hicks in 1979 until his passing in 1986. She is survived by eleven great-grandchildren, and five great, great-grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith. We will remember Nanny for her love and passion for her family, her skill and talent for cooking and gardening, and her occasional, endearing stubbornness. She doted on and spoiled her grandchildren with a love beyond compare. They couldn't spend a minute with her without her telling them how much she loved them, how precious she thought they were, and how proud she was to be their nanny. She took great pride in the fact that she was always the first in the elementary school car line for pick-up at the end of the school day. One of her greatest joys was being able to care for her two youngest grandsons, Sawyer and Gibson. She spent her days helping them catch lizards (and once even a hummingbird), dancing in the rain, and feeding the ducks at the local pond. Without a doubt, Nanny made a difference and was loved immeasurably. She will be missed, but her legacy will last through the lives of those she has left behind. We have been blessed beyond measure to have loved her and to have been loved by her. The peace of the Holy Bible assures us from the book of Luke 23:43, "Jesus answered him, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.' " We know, without a doubt, our precious Nanny is resting in the arms of our heavenly Father, just as promised. The family expresses its gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers at Redmond Regional Medical Center who assisted in her care during her last days and who demonstrated compassion for Shirley and for her family during their time of great need. The family will receive friends on November 8 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home located at 2750 Shorter Avenue from 12:00-2:00 until the funeral hour. The funeral service will commence at 2:00 and will be officiated by Reverend Dale Byars. Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery. Pall bears are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 1:00 and will include the following gentlemen: Chris Rittenhouse, Danny Rittenhouse, Eric Bennett, Sawyer Hicks, Gibson Hicks, and Bubba Meers. Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
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