CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
July 20, 1952 - June 6, 2018
Charles Norvell Hicks, 65, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Charles Norvell, Hicks was born on July 20, 1952, to the union of Charles T. Hicks and Carolyn Deberry Hicks in Angier, NC.
His formal education began at Johnsonville School. He was in the second integrated graduating class of Benhaven High School.
He furthered his education in Queens, NY at the OM Kelly Bible Institute. In Charlotte, NC, he received his associate degree in theology on June 4, 2000, from the Spirit of Life Leadership and Bible Institute.
On June 24, 1972, in Queens NY, family and friends celebrated as Charles Norvell Hicks was united in holy matrimony with Celeste Renee Norman. Their union was blessed with 4 children; Charles Jermaine, Christian, Chantelle, and Chrystal. As their children grew Charles and Celeste would also be blessed to be foster parents to several young boys with the intention of adoption.
In 1984, Charles was ordained as a deacon at The Full Gospel Mission Church of God In Christ, the very church where he accepted Christ as his personal savior at the age of 18. Charles continued to serve as deacon even after relocating his family to Charlotte, NC, at Jerusalem House of God, under the leadership of Apostle Rayvon and Robin Matthews from 1994-1996. Later, he would cofound Refreshing Springs of Living Water Church with his wife. Although ordained as an Associate Pastor, he thrived in his calling as Deacon which freed him to minister cross denominationally and greatly affect the Kingdom.
Through out the years he lived in NY, Charles was affectionately known as Cowboy. He never lost his southern charm and his accent never faded. He donned his cowboy hat and boots and stood out in every crowd. There was not much that he could not do. He passed on his knowledge of home repairs and auto mechanics to his sons the old fashioned way, informal on the job training, like it or not.
Charles enjoyed fishing and hunting. He wasn’t the biggest sports fan, but you could ask him anything about the years Michael Jordan was playing. He loved a good western and if it wasn’t gospel, you could catch him cruising to the classic sounds of Motown. He loved classic cars and collected models of the cars liked most at the car shows. He enjoyed gardening and selling his wares at the flea market.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. Hicks, Carolyn Hicks Starks, and Jerome A. Norman, Brother in Law.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Celeste, his children, Charles J., Christian D., Chantelle A., and Chrystal C. Hicks, Brian Stowe, and Kevin Philiph; 5 grandchildren, Lasha A., Alena S., Leah, Layla, and Liam; 2 sisters, Gloria H. McLaughlin of Boston, MA, and Carolyn D. Tejada (Jose) of Rochester, NY; sister-in-law, Claudia Price North (Albert) of South Carolina; father and mother-in-law, Bishop Jerome and Mother Joni Norman; Aunt Ethel Webb (Thomas), Uncle Vernell Deberry, Uncle Jesse Norman, Uncle Donnie Chase; nieces, Cheree Price Owens (Dupree), Kelly Price, C. Andrina Jasper, Laotis McLaughlin, Jose Tejada, and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.
A public viewing for Mr. Hicks will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, at Boston's Mortuary, 4300 Statesville Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28269.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Jerusalem House of God, 1704 West Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216. Family visitation will begin at 11:30 AM and the funeral service will begin at 12:00PM. Interment will follow at York Memorial Park, 5150 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28217. The Hicks Family have entrusted arrangements to Boston's Mortuary.