Catherine Jeffcoat Hicks was born in Orangeburg on June 21st, 1917. On Friday June 21st, 2019, Mrs. Hicks turned 102-years-old.
Hicks celebrated her birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Bridge at Charleston. All those in attendance told stories of Hicks life and the impact she had on them and the community.
Hicks was one of two children born to Arrie Fertick and Fletcher Jeffcoat, and also had six older step-sibling from her mother’s first marriage. Hicks was raised in South Carolina for her entire life.
She eventually married Ellis Hicks Sr. and remained married to him for 50 years. They had three sons Ellis Jr., Cornell and Robert. Ellis Jr. had a career in management with the local transportation, Cornell became an educator, and Robert had a career in the military. The Hicks also raised a granddaughter, Denise, as well.
The Hicks raised their family during the tumultuous times of the Civil Rights Movement. Hicks was able to form a balance between family, career, faith and service. In addition to raising her children, Hicks worked as a beautician from her home. She eventually moved on to work at the Ideal White Swan Laundry and Cleaners, and after that she worked as a homecare nurse.
Hicks is very involved in church and the community as well. She is a member of the Blue Ridge Temple, where she has held various offices including Daughter Ruler. Hicks was Deputy ELK for 29 years and is now an Emeritus. She also serves in the Salvation Army and is a member of the Order of the Tents.
She is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston. She is a member of the Senior Choir, Deaconess’ Board, Pastor’s Aide Society, the Usher Board, and taught Sunday School.
Hicks is matriarch to a family that now includes Proud grandmother of 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Hicks said that the secret to living a long life is very simple and anyone can do it.
“Just keep on living,” said Hicks.