John Lee Hickey
John Lee Hickey, 84, of Pampa, left this life to be eternally joined with his beloved Savior in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Amarillo with his daughter at his side. He was born on November 23, 1936 in McAlester, Oklahoma to John Walter “JW” and Grace Hickey.
John selflessly served his county with not only one tour, but three enlistments into the United States Navy. He proudly served and fought during both the Korean War as well as the Vietnam War. Following his last tour ending in November of 1970, John found great solace in fishing and simply walking. Being a man of strict routine, he walked his dog three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening while claiming his limp was nothing more than a “hitch in his get-along!” He volunteered countless hours every Thursday from 2005 until moving into the Living Center in 2016 at the Harvest House and was an active member of the VFW. Another of his favorite pastimes was reading and studying the Bible as he had read it through several times and still continued to immerse himself in the Words of God.
Known to be quite jolly and never short on witty comments, John always wore a smile on his face and had an abundance of kisses to blow to anyone in his path. He often told jokes and sometimes pulled pranks to bring about laughter. He was very well loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Hickey.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Paula McGrath and husband Mike of Pampa, Dyane Heard and husband Toby of Adel, Georgia, J.J. Francis of Valdosta, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Cecilia Evans and husband Clint, Royce McGrath and wife Cindy, Elizabeth McGrath, Laura McGrath. Marshall McGrath and wife Bailey, Alyssa Francis, Ashley Sparks and husband William; two great-granddaughters, Camdyn and Collins.
Celebration of Life Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Friday, April 2, 2021 at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Melford Hanks officiating. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Winegeart Funeral Home.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Community Living Center at the Amarillo VA Medical Center for the exceptional care, attention and love given to John while in their care.
Should you wish to make a donation in memory of John, the family suggests they be made to The Harvest House, 736 S. Cuyler Street, Pampa, TX 79065 or The Pregnancy Support Center & Hope House Maternity Home, 210 N. Ward Street, Pampa, TX 79065.
To leave words of sympathies and love on John’s Book of Memories, please visit www.winegeartfuneral.com.