1875-1941

January 5, l875, Madisonville, Tennessee.

May 15, 1941, Walter Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, New Jersey.

Riverside Cemetery, Toms River, New Jersey.

Ira’s parents were Charles Wesley Hicks, Sr. and Susan Kerranhappuech Coltharp Hicks. He grew up in Madisonville, Tennessee, and attended the Bolivar Academy there. He felt called to preach the Gospel, and after graduating from Hiwassee College in Madisonville, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, to prepare for a career in evangelism. In 1905, he married Cleo Wolfe of Dryden, Virginia. They had two sons, Ira Evans, Jr., and Weimer Hicks.

For a number of years, Ira Sr. was active as a singing evangelist. Eventually, he joined the Presbyterian Church, and was a pastor in Toms River, New Jersey, for two decades. At his death, he was survived by his wife and sons; four sisters: Cornelia Carter of Knoxville, Tennessee; Frances Howe of Topeka, Kansas; Margaret Haggard; Carrie Hicks; and four brothers: Reese V. Hicks of Kansas City; Wesley of Dayton; Herbert Hicks of Madisonville; and Judge Sue Kerr Hicks (prosecutor in the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial & said by some to have inspired Shel Silverstein’s poem & Johnny Cash’s song A Boy Named Sue).

  1. Give Thanks to God
  2. If Ye Abide in Me
  3. Jesus Has Rescued Me
  4. O Wanderer, Away on the Mountain Cold
  5. Saved for Service, We’re a Loyal Band

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