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“Will miss you Mr. Hickman at our yearly tournaments in Southern Illinois, Marion, IL. Thank you Mr. Hickman for sharing our checker hobby and...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: John M. and Judy Grisley - Marion, IL

“Sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Gene W. Rader

“I am very sorry! I met Mr. Leonard Hickman playing checkers, he will be greatly missed! ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Irma Sierra - MEXICO, TN

“My family sends its condolences to the Hickman family in the loss of Leonard Hickman. I would love to know the Hickman-Collier relationship as my...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Maxie K Collier - Brea, CA

“Gilbert will be missed he was a regular at the restaurant everyday.Enjoyed all the laughs and talks we had, everyone knew him at the restaurant,he ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: carlene landers - friend

“So sorry to hear of the passing of our good neighbor Gilbert. He would often stop to chat when my husband and I were working down by the road. Always...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Luna - Culleoka, TN

“Godspeed, my friend. Until we meet again. You were one of the people I looked forward to seeing every year when I visited TN. You touched my heart...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Angela - Canada

“Sorry to hear of Leonards Passing. It was a pleasure to have known him.Always full of smiles and kindness.RIP Ole Friend. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Buster Ring - Lewisburg, TN

“So sorry for your loss keeping your family in our Thoughts & Prayers so glad we got to spend time with Leonard at the last GE reunion. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Buster & Janet Vandiver

“So sorry to hear of your loss. I grew up in Martin Hollow and Gilbert and his family were our neighbors. He has been a good friend since I was 7...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Judy and Don Dial - Mansfield, RI

“Please accept my condolences in Mr. Hickman's passing. I remember my grandfather, Eldred Martin, having great talks and laughing together with him. ...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Martin Hammett - Lenoir City, TN


Leonard Gilbert "Bud" Hickman, 79, resident of Martin Hollow Road in the Campbell Station Community, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 A.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Eddie Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Lynnwood Cemetery with military honors provided by U. S. Navy Honor Guard. The family will visit with friends Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

The Maury County native was the son of the late Leonard Hickman and Ruth Gilbert Hickman. On November 12, 1971, he married Frances Ellen "Fran" Church Hickman who preceded him in death on October 9, 2007. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Hickman retired after twenty years service in the U. S. Navy having served as Chief Petty Officer aboard the USS Midway. After his naval retirement, he was employed at General Electric in Columbia. An avid checker player, Mr. Hickman entered several tournaments and proudly held the title of Mule Day Champion. He was a member of The American Checker Federation. He also found great pleasure in traveling to casinos and was a fan of the Tennessee Vols and Tennessee Titans.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Marjorie (Gerald) Hoey of Harvard, Illinois; brothers-in-law, Franklin Hughes of Seminary, Mississippi; Richard (Jean) Church of Hiawatha, Iowa; niece, Sherry Knight; nephews, Bennie Hughes, Charles Hughes, Wayne Collier; and devoted friends, Tom & Janet Schoonover and Phillip & Annette Hull.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte Hughes and Jackie Collier.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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