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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Tommy Mac , as the family called him, was a special man. He was loved by so many and will be missed by many.. His sisters and family were so close to him and showed so much love in all they said and did.. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all.
Submitted by Elise Burnett on Sep 27 2017 09:01:19 PM
Elise Burnett lit a candle for Thomas "Tommy Mac" Hicks
Elise Burnett lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 08:56:01 PM
I was deeply saddened to hear of Tommys passing. I am a cna and would get to see Tommy from time to time. He was always the same, he had every right to complain but never did. Tommy and I shared a love for the Carolina Panthers and that's mostly what we talked about. I will miss our talks and his sports talk on Facebook. Rest in Peace Tommy, our loss is Heavens gain.
Submitted by Michele Bridges on Sep 27 2017 08:41:47 PM
Bonnie Hardin Lee lit a candle for Thomas "Tommy Mac" Hicks
Bonnie Hardin Lee lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 07:41:54 PM
Our week is definitely sadder after hearing of your passing. It's been an honor and a privilege having known you. Thanks for sharing your life and example with all of us. Prayers for all your family and friends. Till we meet again!
Submitted by Lori Hagan Massey on Sep 27 2017 07:04:08 PM
Linda we are so sorry for your loss. Tommy was a sweet and very kind man. We will continue to pray for you and your entire family~~~~Love to all of you...
Alicia & York Clinton John & Mary Calvert
Submitted by Alicia Clinton on Sep 27 2017 05:46:32 PM
We will miss you Tommy.....you were a shinning light to all who knew you! What a life well lived and well loved! Wanda and Don Hastings
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sep 27 2017 03:15:39 PM
i am so glad that TommyMac Hicks life crossed mine as a young child . We grew up in a small town together where friendships were genuine. We all cared so much for each other and we all remain friends today. We could pick up where we left off even if years had passed. Tommy was special to so many and God was well aware of the impact Tommy had on all our lives. We will all miss him but are so glad your earthly body pain is gone. I pray God will be with family and friends to comfort your hearts ♥️. I celebrate all the memories my dear friend Tommy Mac Hicks!!! Love you forever !!! Bobbie
Submitted by Bobbie Kennedy Burrow on Sep 27 2017 03:05:36 PM
Tommy is the most compassionate and courageous soul, gone but never forgotten ..
Submitted by Tish Riegert on Sep 27 2017 02:58:28 PM
Never forgotten my friend. Words can't describe what our friendship has meant to me.
Submitted by Christopher and Cecilia Riegert on Sep 27 2017 02:00:28 PM
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