Jan. 17, 1938-Oct. 7, 2021

The Rev. Kerren Wayne Hicks, 83, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, to gain eternal life Oct. 7, 2021. He was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Natchitoches to the late Andrew and Estelle Hicks.

He grew up in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown High in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy right after in 1956. He proudly served his country for four years, honorably discharged in 1960. While serving his country, he met and married the love of his life of 63 and a half years, Grace Dado Hicks. They would have celebrated their 64th year on Dec. 7.

He was an avid golfer and bowler in his younger years.

Wayne became an electrician by trade after the Navy and lived in Virginia and Ohio, before moving back to Louisiana in 1980, as his final home. Wayne is also a Northwestern State University alumni, where he received his degree in Recreation Management. He was a staple in the Natchitoches community. Known by most as Wayne or Bro. Wayne, he was also called to serve his Heavenly Father as a Southern Baptist preacher for over 45 years and graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Wayne ministered at many churches throughout Natchitoches Parish with the last church being at Grand Ecore Road Baptist Church in Natchitoches. He was there for 18 and a half years before he retired in 2020.

Those who knew him, knew that he loved his Lord and that he was devoted to his family and did anything for them. His final act of love for his wife was taking her to Ohio to see her siblings. He touched so many lives; many looked forward to his daily scriptures on Facebook as he also enjoyed sharing the Word of God with others.  Wayne fought so hard to stay here with his earthly family and overcame many health issues, but his God wanted him back.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons, David Hicks and Derrick Hicks Amoriko; his brothers, Jimmy Hicks and Byrl Hicks; and his only sister, Edith Nell Clemons.

Wayne leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Grace Dado Hicks; daughter, Regina Hartley (Bill Hartley); four granddaughters, Michelle Hicks (Nick Lognden), Robyn Coutee, Allison Mckneely (Alex Daigle); and Rosalee Amoriko; eight great-grandchildren, Marisela Coutee, Gabriel Coutee, Joshua Pearrie Jr., Kylie Longden, Nadia Foshee, Layla Foshee, Bryce Lognden and Destiny Jones; one great-great-granddaughter, Naomi Coutee; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

He will be deeply missed.

A service to honor his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Calvary Baptist Church in Natchitoches.  Burial will follow at Calvary Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home and again Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church.