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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I WAS ONLY AT EAST RUTHERFORD HIGH SCHOOL FOR MY SENIOR YEAR AND HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING TOMMY FOR ONLY ONE YEAR. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO FIND OUT HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL, EXCEPTIONAL PERSON. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF TOMMY. PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY. I KNOW HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED.
GREG PRICE, ERHS 1970
Submitted by greg price on Sep 27 2017 01:58:19 PM
Vickey Lewis lit a candle for Thomas "Tommy Mac" Hicks
Vickey Lewis lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 01:03:57 PM
I am sorry to hear of Tommy Mac's death. I worked across the street at the Ace Hardware. I remember many days seeing Tommy and speaking to him and consider him a friend. He did so much for Forest City and will be missed.
Submitted by Jim Daniel on Sep 27 2017 12:52:46 PM
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Jim Daniel lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 12:43:49 PM
My memories of Tommy are ones which bring joy and laughter. To me Tommy was bigger than life and I always will remember him driving his blue Oldsmobile past our house on Florence Street feeling proud that he was a friend to the Olivers. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed as his life was an epitome of strength and resilience. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Robin Oliver
Submitted by Robin Oliver on Sep 27 2017 12:43:32 PM
I have been thinking of everyone. love you all. Richard robbins
Submitted by rick robbins on Sep 27 2017 11:29:34 AM
During college Tim Luckadoo and I visited Tommy Hicks at St. Andrew’s. We balled up paper and threw the balls at a trash can on the other side of his dorm room. Hicks was a terror. His accuracy was truly world class. My brother Bill said he always beat us at horse or cow whatever standing shot basketball game we played. Hicks claimed he could have played in the NBA if they had a designated foul shooter. Bill said there is no doubt. He was also a terror at his wheelchair ping pong table.
Submitted by Pat Jobe on Sep 27 2017 10:44:13 AM
Tommy Mac was like another uncle to myself and all the other cousins on the Roach side. He's just always been around as long as I can remember, just like one of the family. To Tommy Mac's family I am so sorry for your loss. He was absolutely the toughest man I know.
Submitted by Scott Roach on Sep 27 2017 09:17:32 AM
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Scott Roach lit a candle on Sep 27 2017 09:16:59 AM
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