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In Memory of

Mary Evelyn Reynolds Hickson

April 22, 1924 - November 26, 2016

Obituary


Born April 22, 1924 in Meridian, Mississippi, died on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mary was a bookkeeper and manager of the MEA Federal Credit Union in Columbus, Georgia, from its founding in 1960 until her retirement in July 1993. Mary and her husband, Mr. L. B. “Red" Hickson, an elementary school principal in Columbus, Georgia, were part of a small group of educators who recognized that most teachers, being women, found it challenging to obtain loans from local banks in the 1960’s and that establishing a Credit Union would...

Born April 22, 1924 in Meridian, Mississippi, died on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mary was a bookkeeper and manager of the MEA Federal Credit Union in Columbus, Georgia, from its founding in 1960 until her retirement in July 1993. Mary and her husband, Mr. L. B. “Red" Hickson, an elementary school principal in Columbus, Georgia, were part of a small group of educators who recognized that most teachers, being women, found it challenging to obtain loans from local banks in the 1960’s and that establishing a Credit Union would address an important need. By the end of the first year of operation, 255 members had been enrolled. The MEA grew from an initial deposit of $25 to over $50 million in assets by the time of Mary’s retirement.

After retirement Mary and Red Hickson moved to Mobile, Alabama. After L. B.'s death in 2002, Mary moved to Nashville to be with family. She was a member of Woodmont Baptist Church and the Golden Rule Sunday School Class.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Olin Walter and Lillie Mae Bennett Reynolds; son, Michael Reynolds Hickson; husband of 54 years, L. B. Hickson; and sister, Annie Elizabeth R. Skee.

Mary was a loving and committed wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her church, the Democratic Party, painting, and shopping. Mary always favored the underdog in any circumstance and modeled charity toward those in need.

She is survived by her son, Gerald Bennett Hickson, M.D. and daughter-in-law, Rebekah S. Hickson of Nashville, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Sarah Mae Hickson Northrup (Thomas) of Houston, Texas, Rachel Elizabeth Hickson Lomba (David) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Daniel Reynolds Hickson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and two great-grandchildren, Conner Joseph Hickson and Maxwell Hickson Northrup. Mary is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy R. Sparks of Madison, Mississippi, and Mrs. Lida Jean R. Porter (Frank) of Collinsville, Mississippi; brother-in-law, Joe Skee, Jr., of Clinton, Mississippi; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Remembrance Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. Visitation will begin with coffee in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. because Mary liked coffee and sharing stories.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the L. B. Hickson Memorial Scholarship Fund (0480), Office of Advancement Services, Columbus State University, 4225 University Ave. Columbus, GA 31909-5645. Special appreciation and love is expressed by the family to Rose Weathers, Band of Angels, and the Belmont Village team.