Kenneth Edward Hicks, Jr., 58, passed away at his Lake Anna residence in Mineral, VA Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Kent was a native of Hillsboro, NC, a member of Eno United Methodist Church, a graduate of Elon College, Elon, NC and he served his country in the United States Navy as a corpsmen. He has been a resident of the Staunton area since 1980 and co-creator of Belle Grae Inn & Restaurant in historic Newtown Staunton, VA. Mr. Hicks was also a partner in City Inns Unlimited which is credited for 33 historic restorations in the historic district of Staunton, VA. He was a noted chef in the Staunton area since 1983 and recognized in national publications including Southern Living and Gourmet Magazines.
Kent is survived by Michael Organ, his life time partner of 30 years of Staunton, VA; his sister, Kim Rodriguez, her husband Robert, nephews Jared and Jan Robert Rodriguez and niece Rudi Rodriguez all of Val Rico, FL, and his extended family, Dawn Pryor, Shawn Williams, Jamie and Natasha Tate, Gail Smith and The Mushroom Sisters” Portobello and Shiitake.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Mary Lou Hicks of Hillsboro NC.
Friends are invited to celebrate Kent’s life at Belle Grae Inn on Saturday January 17 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Belle Grae GROWING Center P.O. Box 1307 Staunton VA 24402-1307 or to a charity of your choice.
Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.