Wednesday, January 4th, 1928 – Thursday, August 5th, 2021
Oleta Hicks, age 93, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021, in Granbury, Texas.
She was born on January 4, 1928, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to Dean and Cynthia Ella (Mahan) Gentry. Oleta always loved learning and during her senior year she was often taken out of class to teach younger students. She studied business, secretarial skills, and even obtained her real estate license.
On May 31, 1947, she was united in Marriage to Jarrett Newton Hicks in Dublin, Texas. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2007. They had five children and moved all over the United States for Newt’s work. In 1962, they moved back to Comanche to stay. Oleta went to college in Brownwood and secured a job at Higginbotham Bros., where she worked until she became Postmaster in Hasse, Texas. She and Newt owned Hasse store, in which the post office was located. She moved to Blanket and retired as Postmaster in Blanket. While she was Postmaster the postal service wanted her to go to Washington DC to teach other postmasters, but she didn’t want to leave her family. She loved her job, especially the fact that she was able to visit with everyone in town and all who got to know her loved her. She and Newt loved to travel and when asked what was the one thing she wished she could have done that she didn’t do, she said “Nothing. I have done it all”. In her later years when asked what was most important in her life she replied “The Lord God, my children, grandchildren, and my many memories. Oleta was a member of East Side Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Anne Ellsworth and Paul of Granbury and Leslie Hitt and Wayne of Granbury; sons, Ronald David Hicks and Carmen of Weslaco and James Dean Hicks of Granbury; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and brother, John Gentry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Cynthia Ella Gentry; daughter, Wendy Lynn Davis; grandchild, Charles Richard Payne, Jr.; and sisters, Colleen Cheek, Dorthy Jones, and Patsy Gentry.
Visitation will be from 3 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, at the Comanche Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, at the Comanche Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in the Newburg Cemetery in Comanche County.