Opal was born at home in Decatur, GA where she graduated from Decatur Girls’ High in 1945. She then spent many wonderful years at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA (1945-1948) and then transferred to Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA earning her Bachelors Degree in Home Economics Education (1948-1949).
After college she began teaching in Cartersville, GA alongside her best friend Anne. During this time, she met George Thomas Hicks whom she later married on June 26, 1953. Early on, Opal decided she did not enjoy teaching home economics and got a job with Dunn and Bradstreet in Atlanta, GA. On May 7, 1954 Opal and George welcomed their first and only child Kathy. She chose to stay at home with Kathy until she started school. Once school started, she was offered a job teaching kindergarten at Belvedere United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA. She loved this job and felt it was her true calling. As circumstances changed, she began working at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and then moved on to Decatur Federal Bank. On October 31, 1987 Opal and George were ecstatic over the birth of their first and only grandchild Kayla. They enjoyed spending time with and making many precious memories with their granddaughter so much that Opal decided to retire from Decatur Federal Bank in 1990. She enjoyed her retirement years by spending a lot of time with family where she shared her love of gardening, baking, nature, and animals of all kinds. Upon the passing of her husband, she left her precious family home in Decatur, GA to live closer to Kathy and Kayla in Loganville, GA. At this time, she became active at Grayson United Methodist Church along with her family and enjoyed baking delicious cakes for all church functions. Sadly enough, Opal was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 which of course was a terrible blow to her family. She had a short bought of cancer in 2018 which returned with a vengeance recently. Opal was a true inspiration and pillar of strength to her family and friends. She loved and cared deeply about people and animals and never forgot a friend. She was compassionate, fun-loving, happy, and just pure sunshine.
She is survived by her daughter Kathy Hicks Sengun and granddaughter Kayla Sengun Jeffery (Chris); nieces Beth Crook, Louise Stafford, Ruth Heerwagen, Debra Kinsley and nephew Mike Smith. Also survived by her beloved dog Lucy.
The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Opal Kate Hicks will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Burial to follow at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, GA. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM and Monday, October 14, 2019 prior to the service from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Either flowers or memorial donation welcomed. Donations can be made in Opal’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association www.Alz.org or your local animal shelter.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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