Elsie Hodges Hickman, 92, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Her loving husband of 54 years, Lewis Paul Hickman, preceded her in death February 11, 1995. She was born November 29, 1922 in Beaufort County, N.C. to Lucy and George Hodges, who preceded her in death, along with a sister and three brothers. A peninsula resident for more than 74 years, she was a long-time member of the former Colonial Place Church of Christ, Hampton and a current member of Langley Christian Church, Hampton. She was a stay at home mom, going to work part-time when her youngest child, Gary, went to college and she retired from Riverside Hospital’s Transportation Department after 15 years of service. She loved telling everyone how blessed she was with the best family in the world and in so many other ways, but especially to see her four grandchildren graduate college and attend all four weddings. Left to carry on her and her husband’s legacy are her four children; Patricia Ann Hickman Smith her husband, Henry of Yorktown, William George Hickman his wife, Linda of Fredericksburg, David Lewis Hickman his wife, Heidi of Williamsburg, and Gary Paul Hickman his wife, Hope of Duluth, Ga.; her four grandchildren; Amy Lee Smith her husband, Stuart Blau, of Newport News, Jennifer H. Cummings her husband, Scott of Toano, Darren C. Hickman his wife, Tiffany and Alissa H. Bledsoe her husband, Christopher all of Fredericksburg; her great-grandson, Nathan Lewis Cummings of Toano; her two sisters, Gladys H. Roberson of Williamston, N.C. and Doris H. Byrd her husband, Jimmy of Greenville, N.C.; her two brothers, James H. Hodges his wife, Joyce and Milton E. Hodges, all of Washington, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews and very dear friends. The family will receive friends Monday, March 2, 2015 from 11:30 am until service time at 1 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel by Mr. Jimmy Jackson, minister of Woodbridge Christian Church . Burial will take place in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Riverside Hospice.
My heart is full of love for Elsie. I enjoyed our talks, and listening to her stories. She gave great hugs and made everyone she came in contact with feel warmed by her presence. God blessed all who knew her, and I am grateful to have been one of those people.