Thomas McBrayer "Tommy Mac" Hicks, age 63 of Forest City died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Tommy Mac was born January 16, 1954 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Thomas Reid Hicks and Mary Jane McBrayer Hicks. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City, a mental health counselor and sports writer. Tommy Mac was for many years the owner and publisher of the former Amazing Shopper, a local newspaper. He was also a contributing sports writer for the Rutherford County News.
He was a proud graduate of East Rutherford High School Class of 1972 and continues the close bond with his classmates today. He received his Undergraduate Degree in History from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and went on to receive his Graduate Degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Survivors include three sisters, Mary Hicks Springman and husband Mark of Duncan, SC, Linda Hicks Bridges and husband Ben of Forest City, and Laura Hicks Thomas and husband Ed of Waynesville, NC. There are also a host of nieces and nephews, Hannah S. Welzel, Madeline Springman, Patrick Bridges, Kathryn Bridges, Reid Thomas, Courtney T. Foy, and great-niece, Addison Foy; lifelong friends, Frieda Sellers, Christy Jackson, Teresa Price, Luke Smothers, Maggie Lockheart, and Lillian McBrayer.
Tommy Mac was a friend to everyone he met in life and has been a positive force in the lives of so many people, especially the youth. He was so blessed to have such wonderful and loving caregivers, Johnny, Tracy, Yvonne, Sarah, Robert, and Rhonda. To quote Tommy Mac, "If I died today, I have had a good life"
The funeral service will be held at one o'clock Thursday in The First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Garin Hill, Reverend Scott Butler and Reverend Pat Jobe officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the Family Fellowship Hall of the church. Interment will be private for the immediate family. Members of the East Rutherford High School Class of 1972 will meet at the church on Thursday and serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Coalition to Cure Calpain 3 Deficiency, 15 Compo Parkway, West Port, Ct. 06880 ( www.curecalpain3.org) or Community Pet Center, Post Office Box 623, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139.
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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Always exemplified Class and Passion in everything he undertook. RIP Tommy.
Submitted by Jack Huss on Sep 29 2017 07:47:12 PM
You will be missed! May you Rest High in God's loving arms and
May his Spirit comfort all the family and loved ones
Submitted by Kenny Burns on Sep 28 2017 10:39:44 PM
Our Heavenly Father knows the pain one feels from the loss of a love one. He did not purpose his human family to die but to live and enjoy life forever. This is still his purpose (Psalms 37:29). He calls death an enemy that will be removed forever along with all pain and suffering__ Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” He has appointed Jesus to awaken all those in the memorial tombs from asleep in death¬__ John 5:28, 29 "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." and then he will “satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalms 145:16). Allow these words to keep comforting all of you.
Submitted by VScott on Sep 28 2017 07:25:12 PM
Tommy Mac will be missed by so many people because he touched so many lives. He was everybody's "friend" , never met a stranger and judged no one. He was truly a fantastic individual! Thank you, Tommy Mac, for being my friend. Your friends and family will miss you but we all know you are in a better place!
Submitted by Becky Craft on Sep 28 2017 12:13:43 PM
A truly great man and dear, dear friend. He will be missed by many and forgotten by none.
C. Philip Byers
Submitted by C. Philip Byers on Sep 28 2017 11:08:14 AM
You were and will always be the best friend a person could have in life. You were mine and Tim's brother and life long support. So many memories for 63 years. You were an inspiration for me and my family and so many others. From the Roaches, we love you and will miss you dearly.
Submitted by Ben Roach on Sep 28 2017 04:46:01 AM
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