J. Robin Hicks MD

October 16, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Jesse Robinson Hicks, 92, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2020 at Southminster in Charlotte. Robin was born in Florence, South Carolina, the youngest son of Elijah Maxie Hicks and Jessie Belle Bryant Hicks.

At the young age of 16, Robin moved from the rural town of Florence, SC, to Chapel Hill to attend The University of North Carolina. After graduating from UNC, Robin attended medical school at University of Virginia, and went on to specialize in orthopedics, an area of medicine he loved and practiced for 40 years.

Robin had an impressive professional career. He served as president of both The Nalle Clinic and the Board of Deacons at Myers Park Baptist. He was the inspiration for the design and building of OrthoCarolinas’ Randolph Road location, originally called The Charlotte Spine Center. He loved being a surgeon, and he developed a specialty in treating lumbar disc injuries.

At sixteen Robin met Julia Clardy. They exchanged cards and letters for seven years before finally marrying. Robin’s greatest joy was spending time with Julia, the love of his life. Julia and Robin loved and cared for each other throughout their 67-year marriage.

Robin had a passion for music – especially choral music – and for 35 years he added his rich bass voice to the Myers Park Baptist choir along with Julia. He also loved gardening with Julia and could often be found in the garden on Saturday afternoons. Turning the difficult Piedmont red clay into good dirt, became a decades-long project, culminating in the planting of 200 azaleas in a single season. Finally, Robin loved sports, especially tennis and golf. He would often joke that he loved playing any sport with a ball. He played tennis regularly into his mid-80s; his nickname on the court was “Ironman.”

Robin is survived by his daughters, Robin Leigh Hicks (David) and Julia "Julie/Julianah" Carolyn Hicks (Chip); and grandchildren, Jessie Rose Carré, Jacquelyn Marie O'Daly and Stephanie Hicks O'Daly (Tait). He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Peggy Hicks, Edith Hicks and Frances Clardy; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved very much.

In addition to his parents, Robin was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; and their son, Stephen Carlisle Hicks.

The family expresses its deep gratitude to Southminster, Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, and all the caregivers who provided care, love and support throughout these last years, most especially Vivian Williams and Kya Lee-Herron, RN.

A private graveside service was held; a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to a 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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  • Hart Hutchison

    I will never forget Dr Hicks! When I was in high school, 1967, following a car crash he put my badly damaged leg back together. After recovery I was again able to run, climb, bike etc. In fact I have no problem with that old injury to this day. I am so thankful! He was an excellent orthopedic surgeon!

  • Claudia Moore

    RIP Doctor Hicks ❤️

    In 1982, I was 26 years old. I was involved in a traffic accident and my left leg was crushed. Everyone at Presbyterian said amputate. You did not agree and saved my leg. Thank you, Doctor Hicks. You saved my life that day. I will be eternally grateful to you. You repaired my leg and it’s still working just fine.

  • Ruth Smith

    Robin & Jessie, I think of you guys so often. I hate I lost contact after they moved out to Southminster. I still think of "Garr" at the horse show with Jessie and your mom he was so funny. You guys will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers ?. Love to your whole family. "Miss Ruth". Ruth Smith. 704-996-8121.

  • Hank Durkin

    Dr. Hicks operated on my back in 1981. I have been thankful every day since then. RIP, Dr. Hicks.

  • Keith Quillen

    My condolences to the family, especially to Robin L a former coworker and always friend.

  • Gena

    One of my absolutely favorite first cousins. Oh, how we will all miss him.