Monte Kim Hickman was called Home by his Savior on Aug. 25, 2018.

He was born June 15, 1951 in Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ira Hickman; his daughter, Christina Marie Hickman; his brother, Gary Hickman; and his mother, Bertha Hickman.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, best friend, and soul mate, Deborah; two loving daughters through marriage, Wanda Jackson and Jaime Morris; daughter, Candice Gray; his sister in law, Lynn Birckhead; three brothers in law; a very special niece, Madison Birckhead, who he loved as a daughter; three special nieces, Jamie Hills, Ashley Bryant and Brianna Gentry; a nephew, Jordan Gentry; special friends, Teri Morris and Tracy Morris; two great nephews; three great nieces; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; two cousins in Indiana; lots of in laws and out laws; his best friend of fifty-four years, Jimmy Carter and his wife Jean; his wonderful friend, Martin Hallum; and many, many friends in Indiana and Virginia.

He loved his church family at Daystar Worship Center in Gordonsville and all the friends he made while at Solid Rock Full Gospel Church where he taught a youth bible class.

Monte was a Vietnam veteran. He was very proud of his service to his country. He served in the U.S Army 1968-1971. He was an Army Paratrooper, was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.

He was an avid photographer and an artist. He loved that his work could make people happy.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of the Piedmont and/or the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA. A special thank you to his awesome Hospice team: Kelly Ottman, Edith Thomas, Stephanie Estes and Erminia Janabid. Also special thank you to Dr. John Davison and the great team at UVA Primary Care Riverside.

A celebration of his life will be held at Daystar Worship Center 303 N. High Street Gordonsville, Va. 22942, with Pastor Greg Payne on Sept. 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. Food and fellowship afterwards at the church. At his request, this is truly a life celebration so bring your “Monte” stories and feel free to share them. Final inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. He was very specific in that he wanted to be remembered for his sense of humor, his laugh, his willingness to help anyone, his love of animals, his love of our country and most importantly his love for Jesus Christ. It was his desire that everyone would come to know the love of the Savior and accept Him in their hearts. Isaiah 65:17 was his favorite verse.

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