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 will forever be an inspiration to so many people from many generations. It only took meeting him once or twice for him to make an impact. Prayers for comfort and peace knowing that he suffers no more.
Submitted by Mele Beauchamp Nevitt on Sep 27 2017 04:45:17 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hicks was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Love and prayers for you all.
Submitted by Lisa Moore Waters on Sep 27 2017 12:10:27 AM
Linda and Ben and children all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time..
Submitted by Shonda Bright on Sep 26 2017 11:24:07 PM
Mary, Linda, Laura, and family. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to you today. Fond memories of growing up on Arlington Street and Florida Avenue and those school days. Tommy "Big Man" Hicks was one of a kind. Friend to all. Always witty, Always positive, Always fun to be around. May the love of God be with you all at this difficult time.
Submitted by Scott Nanney on Sep 26 2017 08:35:52 PM
Saddened by Tommy's death ... and sending condolences to all the family. We worked together in radio, which was always enjoyable ... and he was my true friend. God bless!
Submitted by Wylie Fulton on Sep 26 2017 06:56:51 PM
Tommy was a great friend to everyone who had the pleasure and honor of getting to know him. He was a tremendous influence on our high school class and a joy to know. Throw away the wheelchair; Tommy is dancing in Heaven today!
Submitted by Roger "Butch" Harris on Sep 26 2017 05:21:42 PM
I had the privilege of knowing Tommy my entire life. He was a truly special person and friend to my family. I have many great memories of the time I got to spend with him over the years. We will miss him very much.
Submitted by Maggie Luckadoo on Sep 26 2017 04:43:46 PM
Tommy had become a real friend over past 5 months I've been his cna . Talk for hours about everything under the sun . He is gonna be truly missed by many . My heart is broken today . Can't believe he is gone . Save me a seat Tommy !!
Submitted by Melissa Young on Sep 26 2017 04:34:09 PM
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