Walter Benjamin “Benny” Hicks

Published 3:01 pm Monday, October 12, 2020

Walter Benjamin “Benny” Hicks, 73, Bluff City, passed away Friday, October 9, 2020, at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born September 17, 1947 in Elizabethton to the late Charles Luther and Mary Virginia Williams Hicks.
Benny was the train engineer at North American Rayon Corporation. He was a member of Bunker Hill Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dayton and Leroy Hicks, and four sisters, Anna Mae Ringley, Hattie Alma Seats, Mary Katherine Johnson and Louise Preston.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Velma Carr Hicks; three children, Nikki Deneane (Dave) Knott, Elizabethton, Wendy Leigh Hicks (Howard Spurgeon), Piney Flats, and Benjie Gary (Barbara) Hicks, Castlewood, Va.; grandchildren, Chase Depew (Lauren), Masey Hart, Gracie Hicks, Hunter Hicks and Clo’e Winters; great-grandchildren, Rowan, Adeline and Ellis Depew; two brothers, Jerry Hicks, Bluff City, and Oscar Hicks, Sekonk, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate the life of Walter Benjamin Hicks will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18, at the Bunker Hill Christian Church. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Hicks family.