Gene E. Hicks III

Funeral services for Gene E. Hicks III will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 16 at St. James AME Church in Stephens.

Gene E. Hicks III was born February 23, 1986 to Hope Arriola and Gene Hicks Jr. Gene departed his life on August 25, 2019 at Tulare (CA) Medical Center.

Gene loved music, basketball, and being around family. Gene was a kind, humble and generous person. He grew up with his grandmother Lorese and siblings, Jared and Kevin Hicks in Stephens. He was baptized at Early View A.M.E. Church in McNeil at a young age.

Gene, also known as Geno, graduated from Stephens High School in 2004. During high school he was a huge part of the Stephens Roadrunners basketball team. Gene was the starting point guard. With amazing skills and great leadership, he was able to help the team bring home many victories.

He loved spending time with family, on the court, and looking good. Gene never hesitated to help someone and will always be remembered as selfless, kind, and soft-hearted. His generous spirit and pleasant personality were loved by so many. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.

Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Je’Kell Hicks.

He leaves to cherish his memories his dad, Gene Hicks Jr. (Lenora) of California; mom Hope Arriola of California; 18 brothers and sisters, all of California; grandparents, Lorese Hicks Stephens, and Gene Hicks Sr. of California; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 16 at St. James AME Church in Stephens. Interment will be at Seminary Cemetery in Stephens.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Marks Funeral Home in Magnolia.

Funeral services are under the direction of Marks Funeral Home of Magnolia.

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