Born: January 5, l875, Madisonville, Tennessee.
Died: May 15, 1941, Walter Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, New Jersey.
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Toms River, New Jersey.
Ira was the son of Charles Wesley Hicks, Sr. and Susan Kerranhappuech Coltharp Hicks, husband of Cleo Wolfe (married 1905), and brother of Judge Sue Kerr Hicks.
Sue Hicks was an assistant attorney to William Jennings Bryan in the famous 1925
Scopes Monkey Trial, and is said by some to have inspired Shel Silverstein’s poem and Johnny Cash’s song A Boy Named Sue.
Ira grew up in Madisonville, Tennessee, and attended the Bolivar Academy there. He felt called to preach the Gospel: After graduating from Hiwassee College in Madisonville, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, to prepare for a career in evangelism.
For a number of years, Ira was active as a singing evangelist. Eventually, he joined the Presbyterian Church, and was a pastor in Toms River, New Jersey, for two decades.
If you know where to get a good photo of Hicks (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),