Obituary: Elizabeth Thomas Hicks

Elizabeth Thomas Hicks, 97, of Madison, passed away on Sunday, August 3. The funeral will be Tuesday, August 5, at 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Madison. Interment will be at Culley’s Meadowwood Memorial Park in Tallahassee, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Madison Youth Ranch. Contributions should be sent to: The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Development Department, 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, Fl. 32725 – Specify Madison Youth Ranch.

Elizabeth was born on May 19, 1917 on a tobacco plantation near Atapulgus, Ga. She was the daughter of Orman Bladen and Fannie Maxwell Thomas. She married Thomas Jordan Hicks, Jr. (T.J.) on June 2, 1935.  Elizabeth and T.J. moved to Chattahoochee, where T.J. was a pharmacist at the state hospital. In 1942, they purchased a drug store, Hicks Pharmacy, in Apalachicola where she worked along with him. In 1961, they moved back to Chattahoochee until T.J. retired. They lived on St. George Island for several years and then moved back to Tallahassee. In 1989, Elizabeth and T.J. moved to Madison.  Elizabeth was a member of First United Methodist Church, was an avid Gator fan, loved to watch sports and was said to have been one of the best bridge players in town. She played until she was 95!

Elizabeth is survived by one daughter, Penny Worden (Joe) of Madison; one daughter-in law, Connie Hicks, of Winter Park; four grandchildren: Brigitte Gudz (Martin) of Madison; Heather Welch (Allen) of Lee;  Jay Hicks (Lisa) of Apopka; and  Hope Chalmers (Jim) of Winter Park; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Orman and Fannie Thomas; her sister, Bernice Battle; her son, Tommy Hicks; and one great-granddaughter, Taylor Hicks.

Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (850) 973-2258. You may send your condolences to the family by visiting our website at 

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