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Hannah Mae Hickmon
Dec 02, 1946 to Oct 15, 2015

 

 
Our beloved mother, Hannah Mae Hickmon, was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy (Iola) Hickmon on December 2, 1946 in the rural area of Bishopville, SC. She was called to eternal rest on the evening of Thursday, October 15, 2015 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. Ms. Hickmon was surrounded by her loving family during the last days of her life. Upon reaching school age, she attended the Lee County School District Schools to include West Lee Elementary School, Rembert, South Carolina where she remained through grade six. In 1957, her family moved to the Manville community, where she then attended Lower Lee Elementary. Two years later, she was transferred to Dennis High School. When she reached an age where she could work, she had to assist her mother on the farm and babysat her blind sister, Jessie Mae Hickmon. Therefore, she was forced to quit school and work on the farm. With a desire to be educated, she returned to school at a later age and graduated from Bishopville High Adult Education School in June of 1974. After assisting her four children in college, she returned to school to obtain a college degree of her own and successfully graduated from Limestone College, as an honor student, in 2004 with a Degree in Social Work. At the ripe age of eleven (11) she recognized her ability to be a leader and made the decision to take on the leadership role in classroom groups, on the softball team, as well as other many social activities. Those leadership qualities motivated her and put her on the career path to become a Social Worker and assist others in her community. On October 2, 1972, she began working for Williamsburg-Lee County Head Start as a bus driver. She also worked part-time at Burlington Manufactory, Bishopville. After driving the school bus for four years for Head Start, she witnessed a merger of Williamsburg-Lee County Head Start with Wateree Community Actions, Agency Head Start Program in September of 1974. In May 1976, a position for Social Worker Assistant became available and she was hired September 6, 1976, with Wateree Community Actions, INC. This is when she really recognized that her career would be Social Work. She knew that this was what God wanted her to do, help others. Since she became an employee of Wateree Head Start, she was able to build a home, put four children through college, and work with and for the greater community successfully. She was employed with Wateree Community Actions, Inc., as a Family Service Worker for a total of 40 years. Other leadership and assistive positions that she was fortunate to serve in are: President of the Bracey–Keith Family Reunion for over fifteen years, Chairperson of the Lee County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Political Actions Committee, Executive Board Member for Lee County’s Grass Root Organization, Vita Income Tax Preparer (VITA) Wateree Community Actions, Inc., for eight years, Lee County School District Strategy Planning Committee, Lee County School District Advisory Committee, Lee County First Steps Executive Board, Lee County Transit Executive Committee where she received a Rural Leadership Institute Certificate. She attended School Board and County Council meetings frequently as a concerned citizen, Liaison for Bishopville Head Start Male Involvement, Founder of the Male Involvement Parade, she taught several of her Head Start parents to become self-sufficient, as well as became a free Notary Public for the State of South Carolina. She was the Founder of Lee County Male Involvement Group, the Founder of Lee County branch of the NAACP Candidate Forum and founder of the NAACP Back -to- School Bash. The church activities that she was involved include being a faithful member of the New Haven United Methodist Church and loving every minute of it. She was the Founder of the New Haven Young Adult Choir and the Heavenly Heirs Singers of Bishopville. Also, as a leader she provided technical assistance that took The Heavenly Heirs Singers to the Sky View Studio in West Columbia, South Carolina to record their first CD on August 22, 1998. Her hobbies were cooking, watching and or attending football, basketball, and or baseball games, sewing and most of all, singing gospel music. She truly believed that God granted her the experiences and skills necessary to assist poverty stricken individuals. It brought her joy to help the working poor of her community and to assist them in order to provide a better quality of life. There are many special people in her life that are left to cherish her memories: her two siblings Hazel Lee (Doris) Hickmon, of Winston Salem, NC; her sister Rebecca Josey of Elisabeth, New Jersey, her four lovely children, Edward (Wilma) Hickmon, of Cameron, SC, Albert Lee (Carlotta) Hickmon, of Seneca, SC, Dr. Casandra (Bryant) Jenkins, of Orangeburg, SC and Dennar Reaushaan Hickmon, of Bishopville, SC, twelve grand-children, seven great grand-children, a special niece Henrietta Lucas, a special grand-niece, Loretta Lewis, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Homegoing services will be held 2:00 p. m., Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from the New Haven United Methodist Church, 3159 Red Hill Road, Bishopville. The family is receiving friends at the home, 40 Manville-St. Charles Road, Bishopville. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m. The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m. Floral bearers will be nieces. Pall bearers will be nephews. Burial will be in the New Haven United Methodist Church Yard Cemetery.
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