Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Benjamin Harold Hicks, Jr.
On Sunday, September 29, 2013, Benjamin Harold Hicks, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of family and friends. He was born in Richmond, VA, on December 13, 1945, to Harold and Carey
Smith Hicks. Raised in Petersburg, VA, he attended Virginia Military Institute, Brother Rat, 1968.
He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, class of 1969. He served as Combat Information Center Officer aboard the USS Horne and the USS England. After completing two tours of duty to Viet Nam, he was an instructor at the Fleet Combat Direction Systems, Point Loma. He returned to civilian life in 1974 as a Senior Systems Engineer.
For nearly 20 years, Ben was a college baseball umpire with NVBUA. He expressed his love of music by playing the trumpet and guitar in many groups playing everything from gospel to rock and roll. Since 2007, he found contentment at Lake of the Woods, Virginia, while boating and fishing.
Ben is survived by his wife of 44 years Mary Lynn, a son Joseph Benjamin Hicks (Eliza), a daughter Mary Cheely ‘Molly’ Larson (Jeff), a granddaughter Margaret Archer Larson, and a brother Donny Hicks. He was predeceased by his youngest brother, William Wayne Hicks.
A memorial service will be held at Galilee United Methodist Church, Sterling, VA, on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00pm. At his request, his remains will be scattered near Triton Light at the United States Naval Academy. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Washington Animal Rescue League at www. warl.org. In order to honor the outstanding care and compassion of the ICU Unit at Inova Loudoun Hospital, donations may also be made to www.foundation.inova.org.
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