Gary Donald Hicks, Sr., 83, of Gastonia, N.C., passed away at the Robin Johnson House on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Born November 29, 1937 in Asheboro, NC, he was the eldest son of Charles Lee “Bud” Hicks and Ruby Mae Lamb Hicks. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy Joel Hicks. Gary graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC with a BA in Political Science, and served as a Captain in the U. S. Army and Army Reserve. He continued his public service with a long career in City Management, serving as City Manager of Gastonia for over 20 years, followed by Interim City Manager in Kings Mountain, Lowell, and Stanley, NC. He was a Board Member of ElectriCities of NC and volunteered at First United Methodist Church, Gastonia. Gary leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Annette Steed Hicks, sons Gary D. “Donny” Hicks, Jr. (Amy), and Gregory D. Hicks (Pattye), bonus daughter Laurel Roe Morris, granddaughters Allison Hicks Bradley , Carolyn Hicks, and Leah Hicks, and great-grandchildren Jude Hicks, Eliza Arnold, and Luca Dollins. Burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church, 190 East Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC, at 2:30 pm on Monday, November 15, 2021, with visitation to follow at the church. Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Hicks family.

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