Johnny Hickman PDF Print E-mail

Johnny T. Hickman, 74, of Newberry, died Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Medical University of South Carolina.

He was born on July 3, 1943 in Texas. John spent many years as a farmer and was very active at the Newberry Disabilities and Special Needs Board and chose to work at the PRIDE Business Center, even though he was eligible to retire. He took great pleasure in participating in the Area 5 Special Olympics for the past two years where he excelled in bowling. On November 11, 2017, he was able to go to Greenville to participate in the Special Olympic bowling event where he was awarded the silver medal (2nd place). It was from there that he was chosen to be an alternate to the National Special Olympics which are to be held in Seattle, Washington in June of this year.

He is survived by his “brothers” of the home, Carlos Morris, Leon Jones and Claude Wren.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Moses Rembert and Rev. Jimmy Counts. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ruth S. Pugh Foundation PO Box 856 Newberry, S. C.  29108.

Active pallbearers will be Carlos Morris, Leon Jones, Claude Wren, Jerry Young, Frank Atchinson and Robert “Bob” Jones.

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#12 Rhonda 2018-01-13 12:06
I didn’t know Johnny but I am familiar with the Pride Center. I’m so sorry for the loss for everyone there. So sad.
#11 Teuana 2018-01-10 16:25
You was my buddy. I enjoyed seeing you and the fellas at church. I will surely miss you.R.I.H. I will never forget how you fussed at me for not going to church lol. Those good old times. Again R.I.H.
#10 Lisa Lever 2018-01-10 10:31
What a sweet, sweet man Mr. John was! I remember him telling me that he wanted to work so he could get him a fishing rod. Well, Mr. John, you are fishing with the greatest fisherman ever! To Carlos, Leon, and Claude, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you all loved him dearly.
Peace be with you,
Lisa Lever
#9 Deborah Jacobs 2018-01-10 10:16
Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Mr. John. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Special Olympics South Carolina, Inc.
#8 Cheryl Nichols 2018-01-10 07:59
I fell in love with Mr. John and his "brothers" from the first day we met. He was a kind, sweet man and loved to talk about sports and country music. I will never forget dancing with him when a song was played by his favorite singer, Patsy Cline. He will truly be missed, but I know we shall see him again. Heaven gained a special angel. Love, Cheryl
#7 Nancy Hall 2018-01-09 21:55
I am heartbroken over his death. My life was forever changed the day I met Johnny. He was such a special person and he indeed never met a stranger. There will always be place in my heart for him and he will never be forgotten. Heaven gained a true angel.
#6 Ann Tuggle-Kinard 2018-01-09 18:17
Mr John would often visit the house where I worked and he was easy to talk to and very pleasant company. Even would make laugh about our conversation. Rest in paradise
#5 Karen Hansel 2018-01-09 16:58
How I will miss seeing him on Sundays at church. He was such a sweet man and always had a smile on his face! I know God has a special place in Heaven picked out for him!
#4 Manuela Lopez and family 2018-01-09 16:38
Johnny was such a sweet, kind and caring friend. He enjoyed meeting others, music and going to church. He always loved talking to my children and granddaughter. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
#3 Pride Center 2018-01-09 14:53
We will truly miss seeing you at the Pride Center. You was a person with such a humble and sweet spirit we will miss hearing you calling us my gal when you entered the building each morning. We know that you're in a better place and you will always be in our hearts. Love the staff @ Pride Center
#2 Mary Catherine Reynolds 2018-01-09 11:42
God needed a very special Angel and he chose Mr. Johnny. I am so glad I had the little time we did with Mr. Johnny. He was a very special person and never met a stranger. Special Olympics will never be the same. you will be missed by so many. you will always have a very special place in our heats. Till we meet again at Jesus feet my friend. love Mary Catherine and Billy
#1 Bob Jones 2018-01-09 11:34
The phrase “never met a stranger” was never more apropos than when describing our friend Johnny. My life is better having been your friend.