Tupelo-Jon Steven Hickman, 56, died suddenly Monday, August 1, 2017 as the result of an automobile accident on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Steve was born in New Orleans, LA. on January 7, 1961. Shortly thereafter, he was adopted by his mom and dad, the late Dr. William L. Hickman and Betty Stotts Hickman. In the last few years after a lifelong search, Steve had the pleasure of meeting and reuniting with his birth parents and biological family in Louisiana, an occasion of great joy for he and them. A 1979 graduate of Tupelo High School, he attended Itawamba Junior College, graduating as a Registered Nurse. He was currently employed by Trace Regional Medical Center in Houston. His lifelong love of nursing was evident by the many patients who loved him and respected his professionalism. He especially enjoyed his pediatric nursing. Steve loved hunting, fishing, singing, cooking, great conversation and all things Mississippi State. He enjoyed watching his sons grow up and was active in their sporting activities. But, Poppa’s great joy was his four grandchildren who brought him untold joy. A longtime active member of West Jackson St. Baptist Church and its choir and pageants, he and his family were members of Hope Church at his death. Steve touched many lives and will be sorely missed by all.
A life celebration will be held at 11 AM Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his pastor, Scooter Noland and Dr. Brian Eads officiating. Visitation will be from 5 PM-7PM today and from 10 AM-service time on Friday. A graveside committal service will follow at 1 PM in the Martin family plot at Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.
Survivors include his wife, Melanie Martin Hickman of Tupelo, to whom he married in Ripley, MS. on June 21, 1983; his sons, Martin Hickman and his wife, Cass of Nashville, TN and Cody Hickman and his wife, Amy of Batesville, MS. his grandchildren, Saffley, Oliver, Brooks and Cohen Hickman. His Mother, Betty Hickman of Tupelo; his birth mother, Sandra Durand, of Denham Springs, LA. and siblings Laurie Durand Friedman, Kelly Durand Gully and Charles Durand, Jr. His brother and sisters in law, Dr. Joe Hinds Martin of Chattanooga, TN, Millie Renfroe (Steve) of Jackson, MS. and Leslie Walter (Tommy) of Ripley. A host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. W. L. “Bill” Hickman, his biological father, Charles Durand and his in laws, Dr. Joe and Edith Martin of Ripley.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Mississippi Affiliate, 350 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Suite 2470, Jackson, MS. 39213. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are so sorry for the passing of Steve.I have many fond memories of Steve and Melanie. From spending time at your home to his beautiful solos at West Jackson Street Baptist Church. We know that he was a child of God and that he lived his life for Jesus.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Submitted by Ronald and Allyson Carrozza and family on Aug 5 2017 04:20:29 AM
We were sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Brewer Wade and Sherry Wren Wade on Aug 4 2017 08:29:20 PM
I worked with Steve at Bolivar Medical Center- I was his supervisor. Steve and I would sit and visit at times and talk about family. He was so very proud of his. Never doubt how much he loved all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a gentle soul. God has great plans for him. I am praying for all of you.
Mary Helen Wasson, RN
North Sunflower Medical Center
Submitted by Mary Helen Wasson, RN on Aug 4 2017 03:01:03 PM
Melanie and family we at LIFE of Ms are keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.
Submitted by LIFE of Ms on Aug 4 2017 09:47:28 AM
Melanie - I am so sad about your loss . Please know that I am praying for you and your family.
Submitted by Penny Collins on Aug 4 2017 08:27:19 AM
Sending prayers for God to lift this family up in such a sad time. May God hold you, give you peace, and help keep Steve's memory alive...I grew up at First Christian Church with Steve..
Submitted by Lisa Hannah Wren on Aug 3 2017 07:42:01 PM
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Carol,Mitchell and Kelly on Aug 3 2017 07:31:45 PM
I have known Steve since 5Th grade at Joyner.He and I walked 1000s of miles hunting and fishing together.We also caught many animals when we were trapping.He and I broke bread and prayed together on numerous occasions.He would come visit me on Saturdays when I worked at Tupelo Feed Store.I had just gotten a text from him on Sunday.He will be truly missed.He got married on my birthday June 21.God bless you my friend.
Submitted by Mark Mohlhenrich on Aug 3 2017 06:14:20 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow. We are Betty's next door neighbors and have always admired Steve's dedication to taking care of his mother's needs. He was a wonderful son.
Submitted by Nan & Jim Conley on Aug 3 2017 06:13:55 PM
Love you all. Praying for you still.
Submitted by Marleisha Kyle on Aug 3 2017 12:35:11 PM
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