When peace, like a river attendeth my way, when sorrow like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well with my soul."
Celebration of the Life, Legacy, and Spirit
Deaconess Doris Pauline Morrison Hicks
"We know there are no errors
In God's eternal plan
And all things work together
For the final good of man;
And we know when a soul passes onward
In its great ETERNAL quest,
We say as we look upward
Whatever GOD does - is best."
Doris Pauline Morrison Hicks was a woman of purpose, faith, family, and service to the community. Although she transitioned from her earthly life on Monday, November 16, 2020. Her legacy of unwavering devotion to her beloved family and community will remain forever.
Doris was born on June 13, 1933 in Midway, Liberty County, Georgia, as the breath of GOD blew upon Earth and Woman became a living soul. As GOD exhaled, HE gave life to the sixth child borned to Eleazar Morrison and Renetta Jenkins Morrison, with the blessing in the form of a baby girl.
Doris was richly blessed to be the descendant of a family with rich heritage of love, grace, and integrity, who paved the way for her expedition. She learned from her parents at an early age the value of hard work, sacrifice, and determination.
The vines of Doris' life were rooted in Liberty County where she grew up and exemplified great promise early in life. She was the valedictorian of her high school class, Dorchester Academy in Midway, Liberty County, Georgia, with an ambition to excel and prepare for her life's expedition. She furthered her education to show herself approved and successfully matriculated through Savannah State College (now Savannah State University) in 1954, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
Doris served the children of multifarious counties as an educator for numerous years and began her illustrious and professional career at DeRenne Elementary School, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. She also taught at Hineshaw Elementary School, Hinesville, Georgia, being recognized as teacher of the year, and subsequently teaching at Riceboro Elementary School, Riceboro, Georgia, with years of outstanding service.
Doris was one to exhibit high standards, and became employed with the United States Postal Service in 1972. She held numerous positions, L.S.M. Operator (1972 - 1974), Examination Clerk (1974 - 1977), Special Training Technician (1974 - 1979), and most remarkably, the first Black Female Postmaster, Ridgeland, South Carolina.
As an astute woman, her personality was unique because while she lived by the courage of conviction, she had a great capacity for kindness, gentleness, and generosity. She was truly one of a kind!
"Ms. Doris" involved herself in community and civic organizations. She found merriment in abetting those in need, encouraging the discouraged, and lending a hand to many. Extremely active in her community, she was recognized for Outstanding Achievement Savannah Women's Program United States Postal Service, Certificate & Award, Postal Life United States Postal Service, Letter of Commendation Southern Region, Savannah Association for Retarded Children, Equal Employment Council United States Postal Service, and connectionally, Doris was an avid bowler of the league.
Doris met the love of her life, Samuel W. Hicks. The two of them became one in holy matrimony on September 15, 1950, as they shared their lives together. To this union, they lovingly and affectionately parented two daughters, Barbara Hicks, Sheryl Hicks, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews. Doris was a faithful, loving, dedicated wife, and mother.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Eleazar Morrison and Renetta Jenkins Morrison, her husband, Samuel Hicks, and five siblings, John Morrison, Eleazar Morrison, Tommie Morrison, Calvin Morrison, and Annie Blanche Morrison. .
In God's sovereignty, in the span of a lifetime, He permits ladies of special grandeur to positively impact others. Doris was one of those ladies who committed and dedicated her life to God's work and the propagation of the word of God through her ministry. Her prominent reputation as an outstanding leader, spiritual counselor are significant of her stature as a virtuous woman.
Doris greatest legacy was her faith in God and love for her family. She was baptized at an early age at New Zion Baptist Church, Riceboro, Georgia. Later in life, reverently exhibiting good Christian character, she connected herself with Happy Home Baptist Church and served as Choir Director. She later became a member of True Love Baptist Church, and was a dedicated choir member. At the time of her demise, she was an active member of St. John Baptist Church, "The Mighty Fortress", serving untiringly and inspiringly in the choir, Deaconess Ministry, Senior Saints, Birth Month Club, Archives Ministry, Trustee Ministry, and Finance Committee, during her final years of elaboration. Doris had a special interest in admonishing and encouraging the saints to study the word of God.
The gentle but dynamic woman will be remembered as a woman of valor, but most of all, as a servant of Almighty God. She leaves a rich legacy of abiding faith, charity, love of family, and community, to mourn her passing, two affectionate daughters, Barbara (James) Caughman, Sheryl Stokes, five adorable grandchildren, three admirable great grandchildren, many endearing nieces, nephews, other relatives, devoted friends, and acquaintances.
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Celebration of the Life, Legacy and Spirit
Deaconess Doris Pauline Morrison Hicks
With Us: June 13, 1933 - With Him: November 16, 2020
The Queen Lies in Repose: Friday November 20, 2020 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Frank H. & Frenchye M. Bynes Memorial Chapel (Bynes-Royall Funeral Home)
204 West Hall Street Savannah Georgia 31401
Celebration of Triumph and Victory:
Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.
Magnolia Memorial Gardens 5532 Silk Hope Road Savannah, Georgia 31405
And She Shall Rest Until That Great Getting Up Day
Service of Entrustment:
Bynes-Royall Funeral Home 204 W. Hall Street ~ Savannah Georgia 31401
“A Ministry of Dignity and Comfort”
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