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JAN. 27, 1931 -- APRIL 18, 2005

Ernest Hicks of Buffalo, a retired factory worker and block club president, died Monday in Buffalo General Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Born in Shelby, Miss., the second of seven children, he graduated from high school in Marianna, Ark., and served in the Army as a radio operations specialist.

After coming from St. Louis to Buffalo in 1956, he worked as a molding operator for Dressers & Dressers of Depew, then in retirement was a painter part time at Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

A former president of the Cornwall Avenue Block Club, he often cleared snow and mowed lawns for his neighbors.

He enjoyed bowling, pool, basketball, gardening, sketching and reading.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Evelyn Anderson; four daughters, Sharon Phillips of Decatur, Ga.; Royda Woods of Lockport, Ernesa Ramdeen of Suwanee, Ga., and Merreca Thomas of High Point, N.C.; two brothers, William of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Russell Turner of St. Louis; three sisters, Amanda "Louise" Pope, Evelyn Penton and Emerald "Ouida" Turner, all of St. Louis; and eight grandchildren.

Services were today in New Mount Ararat Temple of Prayer. Burial was in Forest Lawn.


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