Julia Clardy Hicks

April 4, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Julia Clardy Hicks, 88, died April 4, 2020 at Southminster Retirement Community. Julia was born in Greenville, South Carolina, daughter of Luther Broadus Clardy and Katherine Carlisle Clardy.

Julia was beautiful, charming, warm and funny. She had an infectious laugh and brought light to every room she entered. Like most of us, she is defined best by what she loved. She loved nothing more than spending time with her friends and family. She adored her children and grandchildren. She and Robin had many wonderful life-long friends.
Julia had a passion for music and was an accomplished pianist. She attended Furman University, majoring in Piano Performance. She loved playing the piano to entertain her friends throughout her life. She also loved singing and added her beautiful alto voice to the Myers Park Baptist Church choir for 35 years

Julia loved every animal she ever met. Those animals who were lucky enough to find their way to her home lived a charmed life. Her love of animals began at a young age. Growing up she had many cats, her favorites were Pancake and Waffles.
Julia loved cooking, especially desserts. Those who were lucky enough to taste her confections will attest to the magic of her baking. She frequently tinkered with her recipes trying to perfect each one, much to the benefit of her family and friends.
Julia particularly relished her role caring for children. Over her lifetime she cared for her niece and nephew during WWII, her own three children and her grandchild, Jessie.

Of all her loves, Julia’s greatest joy was spending time with the love of her life, Dr. J Robinson Hicks. Julia met Robin when she was thirteen. On that evening she wrote in her diary; “Today I met the man I am going to marry.” And she did. They loved and cared for each other throughout their 67 year marriage.

Julia is survived by her husband, Dr. J. Robin Hicks, daughters, Julia “Julie/Julianah” Carolyn Hicks (Chip) and Robin Leigh Hicks (David); and grandchildren, Jessie Rose Carre, Jacquelyn Marie O’Daly and Stephanie Hicks O’Daly.
In addition to her parents, Julia was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Carlisle Hicks.

The family expresses its deep gratitude to Southminster and Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region and particularly to her wonderful caregivers, Vivian Williams, Claudia Barfi, and Karen Goins who provided care, love and support.

A private graveside service was held in Evergreen Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Cheryl Smith Turner

    Dear Robin & Family,

    What a beautiful obituary for a wonderful, delightful Lady! I sang Alto with Julia for many years. She always had a smile on her face and I loved her
    “Southern Accent!” In fact, this past February, I was in a play that required that type of accent. I told my fellow thespians “I am channeling Ms. Julia Hicks.” Her voice embodied love, laughter and endless energy! Rest In Peace Lady Julia!

    Cheryl Smith Turner
    Wimauma, FL

  • Randall Mishoe

    The world is a lonelier place without Julia and my life was made richer for having known her. My condolences to all.

  • Keith Quillen

    My condolences to the family and especially to a longtime colleague and friend Robin (Leigh).

  • Sandy and David DuPuy

    Dear Robin and Family, we are so sorry to learn about Julia's passing. Although we have not seen her in recent years, it is easy to recall her as the charming and gracious lady she was - no other word could possibly describe her. We recall good times together and share in feeling your loss of this beautiful light in your family.

  • Mary Lu Kelly Leatherman

    Robin, Julie and Robin Leigh - I am so sorry for your loss! Julia was certainly a lovely and gracious person, always so full of joy. I remember her fondly. She will be greatly missed. Know I am thinking of you all.

  • Cheryl Braswell & David Stephenson

    We send our love & condolences to our dear friend, PJ, aka Julia, and the family. Mrs Hicks was truly a Light in the world!

  • Ken Hutchins

    My sincere condolences to Robin and family. God blessed the two of them with all of those wonderful years together.. He calls us in His time and I know Juliia is resting in His arms. I thought the world of Julia, though my times to be graced by her presence were limited. She was one of the kindest and most pleasant people I have had the privilege of knowing. I know she will be missed by many. My prayers and sympathies are with the family at this time.