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Valerie Hicks Seaborne

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, Heaven lit up with a mighty presence, as the Angels all looked down. That day, the Lord was placing the jewels into Valerie’s crown. He held up her golden crown, and she said “yes” to His gentle voice.

Known by most as “Toe” was born December 13, 1964 to the late Matthew Hicks and Lillian “Anne” Hicks Miller. She was preceded in death by a sister.

As a Christian, Valerie was a dedicated soldier in God’s Army. She was baptized at Poplar Mount Baptist Church in September 1972 where she served faithfully until she became too ill to fulfill her responsibilities. In her early years, she served on the Junior Usher Board and was a dedicated Sunday School member. As her love for Sunday School grew, she went on to become a Sunday School teacher for the toddler class. She also served as the Finance Clerk, Praise Dance Advisor, and Youth Advisor. Additionally, she was a member of the Kitchen and Finance committees. Valerie was very instrumental in the planning of many of the activities enjoyed by the youth of the church to include the annual Easter egg hunt, back to school rally, vacation bible school, and Fall Festival.

Valerie graduated from Greensville County High School in 1984. She continued her education at John Tyler Community College, Chesterfield, Virginia and received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development in December 2002, after which she matriculated at Saint Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. Valerie worked for the Greenville County Public School system in several capacities for many years before and during the pursuit of her college degrees, including her most known role as School Bus Operator. After completing this chapter in her educational accomplishments, she accepted a position as a Family Services Specialist with The Improvement Association in July 2004 and was eventually promoted to Area Coordinator. In 2011, she returned to the Greensville County Public School System to serve as the Transportation Director, until God proclaimed “well done, thy good and faithful servant”.

As a lover of family and the community, Valerie was actively involved in the community, on her job, in her church, and in her family. In her early years, she followed the legacy of her mother and became a member of the award-winning Ante Jets women’s softball team and continued her love for the sport through high school into her adult years as a powerhouse for the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association women’s team. Valerie enjoyed feeding people’s soul through her food while catering alongside her sister and several cousins at many family and community events. She possessed a high level of organizational skills that led her to the forefront of activities throughout Greensville County including serving on the Board of Directors for The Improvement Association since April 2013 and The Improvement Association Head Start Policy Council since 2016. As a former member of Pride of Emporia Chapter #137 O.E.S. P.H.A. of VA, she served on the Recreation and Hospitality committees. She strongly believed in the family unit and she spent hundreds of hours facilitating many Miles Family Reunions as well as Hicks Family Reunions.

Left to cherish her memories and legacy are her loving and devoted children: Shavon Moore (Terry) of Richmond, Virginia, and Terrance Price of the home; three granddaughters: Tajah Moore of Union City, Georgia, and Madyx and Mayson Cook of Chesterfield, Virginia; one sister: Shirley Mangrum (Andrew) of Emporia, Virginia; one brother: Baron Daniels of Emporia, Virginia; one nephew: Craig Mangrum of Emporia, Virginia; three nieces: Cortney Thompson (Kyle) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and De’Ja and Destiny Mangrum of Norfolk, Virginia; bonus dad: Freeman Miller of Emporia, Virginia; one great aunt: Viola Roberts of Queens, New York; five aunts: Idelia Carpenter, Virginia Harrision, Wilma Thomas, Mary W. Hicks all of Emporia, Virginia and Priscilla Hicks of Richmond, Virginia; two uncles: James Miles of Emporia, Virginia and William Hicks of Richmond, Virginia; six bonus siblings; her forever mother-in-love: Anna Seaborne of Emporia, Virginia; Godson: Ronnie “Donovan” Franklin of Emporia, Virginia; honorary daughter: Sierra Carr of Emporia, Virginia; honorary grandchildren: Seleya and Laron Carr of Emporia, Virginia; special “niece”: Akeria Benton of Emporia, Virginia and a host of cousins, extended family, and coworkers.