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Emma Hicks

Emma Leola Hicks

Monday, July 25th, 1927 - Monday, April 5th, 2021
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Emma Leola Williams was born on July 25, 1927 in Norfolk, Virginia to James Madison and Annie Marie Williams. She was raised in Norfolk and attended Second Calvary Baptist Church, her home church Rev. Calvin A. Madison presided.

E. Leola attended Booker T. Washington School. At the age of fourteen, she moved to Harlem, New York. Later she met and married Alphonso D. Hicks, Sr. in 1944 on the Boardwalk of Atlantic City. She then made her residence in Switchback, West Virginia, where she raised four of her five children. In the early 50s, she moved back to New Jersey, where her youngest daughter was born. She worked various jobs including, Bamberger’s (Macys), Bury Biscuit Company, and the US Postal Service. After her parents retired and left New York, they moved to Ole Road on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Leola followed.

“Leola,” as she was affectionately called, truly loved music, cooking, canning, making wine, and quilting. She also enjoyed traveling by car with all her children from North to South and East to West. However, most of all, FAMILY was extremely important to her. Leola saw six generations in her lifetime and she was “Nana” to everyone.

Leola leaves to cherish her memories: five children, Gloria Verneuil (Patrick), Beverly Drake, Alphonso Hicks, Jr., Theresa Hicks, and Gwendolyn Hunt; seven grandkids, Paula, Bernadette, Maurice (Patrina), Alphonso, III, Ronald, Sydney, and Adrienne (Jason); twenty-five great-grandkids, Monique, Genil, Shawn, Brianna, Keith, Maurice (Danielle), Marquis, Marquel, Martinique, Ronniece (Danielle), Robert, Jessinia (Sam), David, Corrine, Chantasha, Janiya, Stykeem, Nasir, Yanee, Zakir, Kamal, Amhara, Makonn, Nile, and Xho; eighteen great, great-grandkids, Niah, Imani, Shakil, Jr., Sajada, Shafeeq, Azad, Azar, Prince, Raiden, Aiden, Halo, Justice, Zyaire, Leah, Khole, Kash, Kayla, and Autumn; two great, great, great-grandkids, Akease, Jr. and Sekani; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Jean Hicks “Blondie” of NY and Bobbie Jean of WV; and a host of nieces and nephews, with a special mention of Ramona Hopkins (Chester).

Leola was preceded in death by one sibling, Bernard Crump; nephew, Bernard Crump, Jr.; grandsons, Shawn Drake and David Davis; granddaughter Linette (Drake) Johnson; and step great-grandson Deandre.
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  • Private Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 12:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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    In lieu of flowers of the family will accept monetary gifts. You may mail your gifts to the following address:
    Gloria Verneuil
    P.O. Box 5308
    Plainfiled, NJ 07061

    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Thursday, April 1, 2021, all public and private in person gatherings of 50 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Pastor Norman Pitt
  • Interment

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 12:00pm
    Snead's Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery
    33016 Seaside Rd.
    KELLER, VA 23401
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David knights

Posted at 10:39am
Very beautiful person! Love you Nana!! My condolences to family!!

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