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Velma Hicks, a native of New Orleans, transitioned from labor to reward at Ochsner Medical Center on Sunday, September 13, 2020. She was born to the late Henry and Velma B. Brown on June 30, 1928. The beloved wife of Albert E. Hicks, Sr. A devoted mother of Carol Ann Hicks, Lynn Moore (Alonza), Albert E. Hicks, Jr. (Marilyn), and Tremel Y. Hicks. A wonderful and caring grandmother to Alona N. Moore, Rose Smith (Archie), Jonathan Hicks, Arion D. Smith (Brandon), Kendyll Gross and Jasmine R. Hicks. Great-Grandmother to Ayden and Akeelyn Smith, Jaiden Hicks, and Aamari K.L. Smith. She is also survived by two sisters: Audrey Washington (Dallas, TX) and Olga King (Phoenix, AZ) and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Hicks was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Tuskegee University. She served as a dedicated teacher of the Orleans Parish School Board for (32) years. She served at L. B. Landry High School, Carter G. Woodson Jr. High School, and William J. Guste School. She also taught at the Youth Study Center and coached Junior High gymnastics. Mrs. Hicks and her parents were long-time members of the Peck United Methodist Church. She later obeyed the gospel and was baptized on December 9, 2002 at the Franklin St. Church of Christ, where she faithfully maintained her membership until called home.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a public Visitation to pay respects to Mrs. Velma Hicks at Church of Christ, 431 Franklin St Gretna, LA 70053 on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 beginning at 9:00 am from 11:00 am. A private Funeral Service for the family will follow. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery. As mandated by the State of Louisiana, due to COVID-19 pandemic, attendance is limited. Everyone is required to adhere to all restrictions. You must wear a face mask at all times and practice social distancing. Arrangements entrusted to D.W. Rhodes Funeral Service, 3933 Washington Ave New Orleans, LA 70125. Please visit to sign the online guestbook, share memories and condolences for the family.