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James Anthony Hicks, age 59

James Anthony Hicks, age 59, of Jacksonville, AR passed away December 19, 2021, with his family at his bedside.

He is preceded in death by W.J. Hicks Jr. (father), and Ida Sue (Housley) Hicks (mother).

He is survived by his sister Marisue (Hicks) Rowe of Lonoke, AR, along with nieces Melinda and Stephanie, and a nephew Scott Rowe.

James and Evonna La Rue Sullivan (Hicks) had 3 sons, Jason A. Hicks, Chad A. Hicks, and Joshua R. Hicks all of Jacksonville, AR. He also has one daughter Nina Rose Christie of Indiana. He was PoPo to 9 grandchildren Kaylei, Connor, and Dylion Hicks, Theodore and Thaddeus Hicks of Arkansas, Liam Christie, River, Ryder, and Addison Chapman of Indiana.

He graduated in 1984 from Petit Jean Tech as a Mechanic, and worked at Wayne’s Machine Shop until he started driving 18 Wheelers cross country. He retired in 2015.

Visitation will be held at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076 on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM, followed by funeral service at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Tara Jackson Posted December 25, 2021 5:51 AM

    Rest in love and peace James, you were a great man and amazing popo and friend to many. You will b missed dearly and remain in our hearts and memories until we meet again!

  • Shane Young Posted December 26, 2021 10:11 AM

    Known to some by his nickname “Swamp”, James was a great friend, wonderful co-worker, and excellent example of one at peace with life. Earthly trophies were of no interest to Swamp. A meal, road trip, or truck bed leaning visit were preferred over anything money could buy. The simplicity in life and contentment he displayed was such a joy to be around. Swamp’s life stories could fill volumes and I’m so proud to have been a participant in a few of them. Rest well Swamp knowing how deeply you were loved and how much you will be missed my friend.

  • Larry Housley Posted December 26, 2021 12:01 PM

    So sorry. Thinking of you all.

  • Marshall McCann Posted December 26, 2021 11:33 PM

    Thinking of you guys . <3

  • Linda. Kay Henderson Posted December 26, 2021 11:44 PM

    Praying for family healing

  • Theresa Long Posted December 27, 2021 12:24 AM

    I went to school with James after his parent bought my parents house on Holt Dale Lane in the 70’s. James was always a good guy and well liked. I have been looking for him for our class reunions. I was sad to hear he is gone. Thoughts and prayers to James’ family…

    Theresa Long of Pulaski Oak Grove of North Little Rock, AR

  • Robert Brown Posted December 27, 2021 6:38 AM

    We love and miss you very much Swamp

  • Sheila Housley Bulloch Posted December 27, 2021 11:43 AM

    So sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Theresa Hicks Young Posted December 27, 2021 12:53 PM

    We sure will miss you! I love you my my little Jamesie! It sure is hard losing you and my Jerry a month apart. Wow what a blow. Have fun up there but y’all behave!! ❤️

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