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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Rebecca McBrayer Greene lit a candle on Sep 26 2017 04:19:33 PM
Tommy Mac was a friend to everyone and touched so many lives. I have so many fond memories of growing up on Arlington/Magnolia Street with all of you. I will be praying for Sissy, Linda and Laura in these difficult days ahead. My love goes out to you all - you are like family.
Submitted by Rebecca McBrayer Greene on Sep 26 2017 04:18:58 PM
Tommy sitting by the city pool 12 years old, looking up in to the sky. "If it would come up a cloud and the temperature would drop 50 degrees, there'd be a blizzard." He loved snow.
Submitted by Pat Jobe on Sep 26 2017 04:02:27 PM
A truly special person gone too soon. I'm sure he and Sybil are having a good time in heaven.Many thoughts and prayers for Linda,Laura and Mary.
Submitted by Camille Luckadoo on Sep 26 2017 03:38:53 PM
We just learned of Tommy's passing and are sad but we know he now is free to do all the things he was limited from doing on earth. He was so special and so loved by everyone who was privileged to be his friend. Rest in peace dear friend. We will miss you. Grady and June Pope
Submitted by Grady and June Pope on Sep 26 2017 03:36:23 PM
Grady and June Pope lit a candle for Thomas "Tommy Mac" Hicks
Grady and June Pope lit a candle on Sep 26 2017 03:34:29 PM
My family and I shared many happy and special memories of Tommy. Outstanding for all of us was the caring and sharing as Tommy edited my book, Sybil's Choice" about my daughter and his friend. It was an act of love he gave freely. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Submitted by Iris sechriest on Sep 26 2017 02:54:15 PM
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Iris Sechriest lit a candle on Sep 26 2017 02:52:25 PM
Our hearts break for you. Tommy was a life long friend. We will miss him so much. We pray for peace and comfort as only God can provide. We will be praying for you in the days and weeks ahead.
Submitted by Mike and Sandra Nanney on Sep 26 2017 02:28:13 PM
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