Frances "Ethlene" Smith Hicks, of Bessemer, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the age of 87. She grew up in Our Town and graduated from Alexander City High School, which is now Benjamin Russell High School, in Tallapoosa County. Ethlene moved to Birmingham at age 17 where she attended the Birmingham School of Business. She retired from General Motors Acceptance Corporation after 25 years of service.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Nelson Hicks, Jr.; her son, Stephen Nelson Hicks; and her parents, William Walter Smith, Sr. and Docia Elenora Evans Smith. She is survived by 2 daughters, Joanna Morgan (Bob) and Esther Hicks; 3 grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, and Jessica Morgan; 2 brothers, Alan E. Smith and William Smith; 2 sisters, Dollie Eugenia White and Theodocia Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10-11, Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hwy 150 in Hoover. Service will follow at 11:00 in the chapel, Rev. Morgan Bailey officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Alexander City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wonderbook Camp, 5513 Ave. P, Birmingham, AL 35208.