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Georgia Louise Hickes

Georgia Louise Ivey Hickes, 80, died peacefully on February 21, 2019, at Harris Regional Hospital. Born in Avera, Georgia, to George and Sara Pennington Ivey, she grew up in Thomasville, NC in a loving family.

Georgia graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in speech therapy and came to Jackson County where she worked in the Jackson County School System before becoming totally blind in 1969 at the age of twenty-nine. She and Jay Hickes were married in 1970. She loved animals and was active in the Jackson County Humane Society, serving as membership chairperson in the early days of the organization. She and Jay fostered many dogs and cats and she had horses, goats, a cockatiel, and many furry companions over the years.

Georgia loved life and she met her physical challenges with courage and optimism. Born with a genetic disease that causes joint deterioration and blindness, she had an indomitable spirit, willing herself to “paint a bright sun on a blackboard every morning.” Determined to retain her independence as much as possible, she invited college students into her home and taught them cooking and household management. Over the years she mentored many young women, teaching by example how to live compassionate and fruitful lives. She was beloved by all of them.

She was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and an active participant in Episcopal Church Women and St. John’s Book Group. She was a member of the Democratic Women of Jackson County and belonged to a meditation group.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jay Hickes and sisters Martha Dudley and Joan Turner. Left to cherish her memory are nieces and nephews Penny Youngblood, Patricia Keith, James Dudley and Timothy Turner along with several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 38 Spring St., on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. Pattie Curtis officiating. Graveside services will be at a later date in Thomasville, NC.

Gifts in Georgia’s memory may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 175, Sylva, NC 28779, to The Jackson County Humane Society, PO Box 298, Sylva, NC 28779 or to the charity of your choice.

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Georgia was a beautiful soul and I will miss her so much. I loved helping her in her home during college and hate to hear of her passing. My sweet Georgia may you be in peace and know of all the love that you spread here on earth. Anna Pierce Adams

Anna Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

I cherish my memories with Georgia while I was in college. We went to church and read some wonderful books together. She was a great listener, teacher and gave the best loving advice. Im so greatful for our time together and will always hold her in my heart.

Melissa Anderson Apr 6 2019 12:00 AM

Mary F OBrien Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Georgia Hickes

Mary F OBrien Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of Georgia - she was fun-loving, caring, gentle, strong and strong-willed. Her upbeat spirit and warm personality endeared her to her Cane Creek neighbors and she became "one of us." She was a friend and mentor to me and my sisters. I loved her and will miss her.

Norma Clayton Mar 1 2019 12:00 AM

If we all could have seen the world through Georgia's eyes and hearts, we would all have a more positive outlook on life Georgia was an angel sent to earth to bless many people she met along her journey. It was a sincere pleasure knowing Jay and Georgia Hickes.

Peggy Cope Feb 28 2019 12:00 AM

Neighbor Georgia Hickes moved here on Cane Creek only a little after I did. From time to time I would share a home grown vegetable with her, and she relished sweet corn in July or August. She always greeted me when I stopped by. My last memory was only last year with her riding down the road in a pony drawn cart. I saw the cart go up the road a little earlier and did not know she was aboard but as they came back, from across Cane Creek she said, "Dan, it is me." I said, "Oh, great to see you". That beautiful smile and exuberant personality made my day. May her spirit remain with us as part of Cane Creek community.

J. Dan Pittillo Feb 26 2019 12:00 AM

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