Harold Edward Hicks

May 16, 1930 - March 26, 2021
Harold Edward Hicks


Harold Edward Hicks, age 90 of Wilmington passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Harold was born on May 16, 1930, in Mobile, Alabama where he lived until he joined the US Navy at age 17. In 1956, while stationed in Norfolk, VA he met his love, Christine Hudson, married her in 1957 and they spent the next 61 years together.

He continued his career in the Navy and after 22 years Master Chief Hicks retired in 1971. Once retired he spent the next few years fishing and shrimping before taking a job as an electronic technician repairing hospital equipment up and down the east coast. This job led him to Wilmington and to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he worked until retiring again in 1992.

Harold was an active member of Pine Valley Baptist Church, a life member of the Fleet Reserve Association, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion Post 545.

He is survived by his children, Lynne Kearson (Dan) of Wilmington, NC, Joy Hicks of Wilmington, NC, Edward Hicks of Bullock, NC, and Jessica Craig (Billy) of Wilmington, NC. He is also survived by his six grandchildren; Joshua and Hannah Walker, Alan and Cassidy Hicks, Chloe and Olivia Craig; his sister Mary Estelle Boulding of Austin, TX.

The family would like to extend thanks to all those who cared for Harold over the years; Andy Ilobre and Masonboro Family Medicine; Cape Fear Pharmacy; and caregiver Adraenia Jordan. We would also like to thank the care given by the Emergency Room staff, Dr. Udoaku Lintula, Aydn Kivett, RN, and the other nurses on the 5th floor who cared for him on his last day.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 12:30 pm till 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Pine Valley Baptist Church. A Service to Celebrate Harold’s life will begin at 1:30 pm. Inurnment will follow in the Church Columbarium with Military Honors rendered.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine Valley Baptist Church Memorial Garden, 3940 Shipyard Blvd. Wilmington, NC 28412.

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  • March 28, 2021
    Joy says:
    Fair winds & following seas Dad...

  • March 29, 2021
    Frank Roberts says:
    Thanks for the support and the memories Master Chief!

  • March 29, 2021
    Carol H. Ormond says:
    To Lynne, Joy, Edward, and Jessica, I am holding you in my heart as you mourn the loss of your Dad. Uncle Harold and Aunt Chris are a part of so many of my wonderful childhood memories. May your own memories provide you with comfort and may God bless each of you in the coming days as you adjust to the absence of your Dad. With love, Carol

  • March 31, 2021
    Milton Horne Woodle says:
    Joy, I will miss the Saturday mornings at the VFW for the Fleet reserve meeting with you and the Master Chief

  • March 31, 2021
    Milton Horne Woodle says:
    Joy I will always remember the Saturday morning with you and Master Chief at the FRA meeting at the VFW