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Jackson E. Hicks

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Jackson E. Hicks, Ph.D. died Friday, April 11, 2014.

He resided in Kingsport, Tenn., for 33 years before moving to Pawleys Island, S.C., and maintained a summer home in Brevard, N.C., for 25 years.

He was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Fruitland Park, Fla., to the late W. Jackson Hicks and Vivian Peters Hicks. He grew up in Leesburg and Bartow, Fla. He graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1953 and worked for the State Road Department before entering the University of Florida. He transferred to Erskine College where he received the Reid Chemistry award at graduation. He received his MS in physical/organic chemistry from the University of Virginia and the Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Fellow.

Jackson was employed by Westvaco as a summer intern and worked there from 1960-1963. He began a 30-year career at Eastman in 1967 and retired April 1, 1997, as corporate director of safety and environmental policy and strategy. While at Eastman he published numerous articles in juried publications in the field of analytical chemistry and presented technical papers at many national scientific meetings.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi National Scientific Society, and American Society for Testing Materials. He was a founding member of the Tennessee State Environmental Working Group and was listed in Who’s Who in Science.

During his Kingsport tenure, Jackson served as president of Cosmopolitan Kiwannis, as president of the Kingsport Symphony Board of Directors, and served on the Kingsport Cultural and Fine Arts Board. He served as a deacon, elder and clerk of session at Kingsport First Presbyterian Church. He was a patron and benefactor of the arts in Kingsport and Brevard and established the Margy Hicks Opera Scholarship Endowment at Brevard Music Center.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bennett Hicks, formerly of Covington, Va.; his daughter, Margaret Sargent and her husband, Jeffrey Spencer Sargent, of Trumbull, Conn.; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Sargent and Caroline Sargent; sisters- in-law, Ruby Hicks of Greenville, S.C.; Peggy Hicks of Atlanta, Ga.; Joyce Parker and husband, Marshall Parker, of Richmond, Va., and Surfside Beach, S.C.; Marie Taylor and husband, Walter Taylor, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nieces and nephews, Carol George Heironymus and husband, John Heironymus, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Eddie Parker and wife, Stacey Parker, of Richmond, Va., Shannon Fyfe and husband, David Fyfe, of Tampa, Fla.; Baron Medlock, Ben Medlock of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Zane Medlock of Naples, Fla.; Peggy Joy Hicks of Tampa, Fla.; and John Hicks of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Phyllis and Mark Repokis of South Boston, Va..

Service is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where Jackson was a member. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

Final interment will be in the Westview Cemetery in Blackburg, Va.

Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may make them to the Margy Hicks Scholarship Endowment at Brevard Music Center, P.O. Box 312, Brevard, NC 28712.

An online guestbook is available at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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