Richard Robert Hicks Jr, son of the late Charlotte Summers-Hicks and Richard Robert Hicks Sr, was born in Easton, MD on August 30, 1961. He entered into heaven’s gates on February 25, 2020 at Christiana Hospital.
He was affectionately known as Robert (to family members), and “HICKS” to all whom he came in contact with in Wilmington.
He received his education in the Wilmington Public School System, graduating from Wilmington High School.
Upon graduating from high school, Hicks went into the work environment working as a Staff Laborer for a number of years with the Hotel DuPont. He also served as a Food Service attendant at the Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington.
Hicks was full of fun, laughter and joy and was loved by everyone whom he came in contact with. He was a true man of God. No matter what happened in life, Hicks always kept a good heart. A heart of trust and patience. And he would never let the darkness of some people harden his heart. Not everyone would have the heart that Hicks had and not everyone would appreciate you and what you did for them like he did. He always said his heart was bigger than gold or money. He was so very helpful and helped everyone when called upon. To know Hicks was to love him. He had the biggest smile that every time he walked in a room, a building or outside in the neighborhood everyone greeted him with open arms. His favorite sayings were: NO GOOD, NOT NOW or asking him where he was from and he’d say: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.
Hicks’ favorite singer was Toni Braxton. He also had major love for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston whom he loved calling by her middle name: Elizabeth and you could always catch him singing and/or dancing to all of their songs. His love for football and the game of basketball was what he really loved. His favorite basketball team was the Philadelphia 76’ers with Julius “Dr. J” Erving & Allen Iverson being his favorite players. You would mainly hear him talking about his favorite football team: New England Patriots, Tom Brady and he’d always say, “see you at the Gillette Stadium”. He never stopped talking about either one of those teams. He also not only loved but spoke highly of his cousin Terence Stansbury whom played basketball in the NBA and you could always here Hicks saying that he (Terence) was better than any player in the NBA including Michael Jordan. Hicks had a mind of an elephant and said that he was the best one on one player of all time, with 1,001 moves. Hicks stated that his jump shot was detrimental. Hicks was definitely one of a kind.
Hicks was predeceased by his mother Charlotte Summer-Hicks and his daughter Robin Lee Hicks-West
He leaves to cherish his memory one devoted son, Julius Dontay Hicks (whom he named after Dr. J), step-mother, Shirley Robinson, 5 devoted sisters; Joan Hicks, Angela Hicks-Wilson, Cheryl Robinson, Donna Tucker & Carla Ross. 6 devoted brothers; Roland Hicks, Jerome Hicks (Paula Mowbray), Craig Robinson, Tony Ponzo, Keith Robinson, and Thomas “Tito” Braxton; 2 Best Friends; Roosevelt “Lenny” Sampson & Miyo Castro; Special friends Terry Kee, Larry Wilson, Mike & Keith (Africa) Lones; Devoted nieces and nephews; Tawaina, Boota, Naya, Nu-Nu Pennewell, Armani Carpenter, David Hicks & Je’Khadian Phillips, and a huge host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was Uncle Hicks to everyone with whom he came in contact..
A public viewing will be held from 9-9:45am only at Congo Legacy Center 501 W. 28th Street Wilmington, DE 19802. A private celebration of life service for family will be held following the viewing.
Live stream view at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/286135313?pwd=bkZsSDhzTE0ydEdJcGpsYVd6cWtPdz09
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