Memorial services for Bobbie Virginia Bowers Hicks will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at the Brownfield Church of Christ, with Bo Shero officiating and Marcelino Banda assisting.
A family visitation will be held on Friday, Fe. 2, 2024 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m .at Brownfield Funeral Home.
Nearly a century ago, Bobbie Virginia Bowers Hicks was born on April 24, 1924, in the Wines Apartments in Brownfield. Her parents were Robert Lee (Bob) and Elizabeth Wines Bowers. Born from a rich family heritage, Bobbie’s paternal grandfather was a confederate veteran while her maternal grandfather helped establish Brownfield as a prosperous community. In 1926 her brother Marion was born and her parents bought a house on Main Street. In her long life, Bobbie only lived in three houses.
Bobbie met Tommy, the love of her life, in the Brownfield High School band. Bobbie played the saxophone, Tommy the clarinet. Bobbie graduated from BHS in 1941 and joined Tommy at Texas Tech. While on a date at the theater, the film was stopped to announce that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. Shortly after, Tommy joined the Army. Just before he left for war, Bobbie took a train to Missouri to meet Tommy.After a Wednesday night prayer meeting at the Baptist church on June 2, 1943, they were married.
On January 1,1944 Bobbie returned to Brownfield, pregnant with Tom. Tommy boarded a ship and sailed to England in anticipation of D-day. When Tommy returned from the war, they moved into Bobbie’s childhood home. On September 9,1947 Linda was born.
Bobbie and Tommy Hicks were partners in love and life. Tommy was a farmer and businessman. He served on the school board, the City Council and as Mayor of Brownfield while Bobbie supported and cultivated their family. Bobbie taught the ladies bible class at the Brownfield Church of Christ for more than 50 years, where Tommy served as an Elder. Tommy was a director of the New Mexico Children’s Home and Lubbock Christian University and Bobbie has continued their unwavering support of these institutions.
Bobbie was instrumental when the Terry County Library was started and served on the county library board for 50 years. She was a charter member of the Brownfield Art Association and loved painting. She played bridge which kept her mind sharp throughout her long life.
Bobbie and Tommy loved to travel. They visited every continent except Australia and Antarctica Bobbie and Tommy were active in the lives of their grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition, Bobbie had the tremendous fortune of meeting her great-great grandchildren.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her husband Tommy, her parents, her brothers Marion and Clyde Bowers, her sisters in law Rosemary Marmon, Jane Bowers, Nelda Van Dyke, and Ina Bess Whitaker, and son in law Tommy Dee Hardy.
Bobbie is survived by her brother Robert Bowers, son Tom Hicks, daughter Linda Hardy, granddaughters Nanci Menasco and husband Ryan, Kimberly Hardy, and Cynthia MacDonald and husband Ed. Her great grandchildren include JT Weldon and wife Makenzie, Skylar Badon and husband Cooper, Jordan Weldon, Jayci Pollard and husband Zach, Audrey Andrews, Hunter Andrews, and Eddie MacDonald. She also had her great-great granddaughters, Olivia, Aaliyah, and Hallie.
A special thanks to Bobbie’s caretakers Stephanie, Rosy, Jacque and Kelcee and to Interim Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130; Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407; or 806-K9S Rescue, 1448 CR 230, Meadow, TX 79345.