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Odie Vee Perkins Hickman quietly passed from this world to her heavenly home on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the age of 84.
Odie Vee was born on July 28, 1932, in Athens, Texas, to Lem LaFayette and Mary Essie Hood Perkins. She married Nick Hickman in Athens on August 7, 1947. Odie Vee and Nick made a home for their four children in several locations, including Little Rock, Arkansas, Harlingen, Texas, and Dallas, Texas, and Their most recent home was outside Tyler, Texas, but she was well-known in Athens, Texas, where she grew up. Throughout her life, Odie Vee was a real friend to everyone she met.
Odie Vee was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Nick Hickman; her son, Jimmy Nick Hickman; a daughter, Rhonda Dianne Hickman; granddaughter, Nikki J. Hansen; granddaughter, Karri Ann Barnett; and brother, Travis Lee Perkins.
Survivors include: daughters, Janet Lea Hickman-Leatherman, and Cindy Elaine Hickman-Ryals; grandchildren, Matthew Ryals and wife Tabitha, Nicholas Ryals, Mindy Carroll and husband Ted, Nichole Czomba and husband Derek, Jamison Hickman and wife Melissa; brother, Treman L. Perkins and wife LaVerne; sisters, Mary Lou Tapley and husband Julius Ray, and Evelyn M. Dubberly and husband Leroy; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, with visitation beginning one hour prior at 1 p.m., at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, 1910 East Tyler Street (Highway 31 East), Athens, Texas 75751. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Memorial Park, 3100 FM 317, Athens, following the service.
Remembering Odie Vee Hickman! Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome in this place! We have too much to gain to lose it.
If you would like to light a candle, or leave a message of condolence for the family, you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com
Published on March 29, 2017
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