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Ray Boyd Daniel Joseph Hicks, 32, of Ava, Mo., passed away on Jan. 1, 2013 due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was born on Jan. 21, 1980 in Tecumseh, Neb., the son of Ray Boyd Hicks and Lynnette Samantha Gott.
Daniel was a 1999 graduate of Gainesville High School. He loved fixing motors and making vehicles out of parts. He was always ready to help anyone in need, from cutting city trees in the ice storm, to fighting fires or moving someone.
He went on a mission trip to Mexico with the Assembly of God church when he was 17 and helped build a church while there.
He loved animals of all kinds and was always rescuing strays he found along the way. Daniel could cut trees and put them exactly where he wanted them to fall. He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn Marie Hicks, of Ava, Mo.; one son, Devin Hicks, of Gainesville, Mo.; stepchildren Jessica and Thomas Reese, of Springfield, Mo.; his mother, Lynnette Hicks, of Gainesville, Mo.; his father, Ray Hicks, of Ava, Mo.; sister Samantha Sweeden, of Ava; a nephew Jeffry Sweeden, of Atkins, Ark.; maternal grandparents Jim and Helen Conardy; uncle Joseph Gott of Yakoda, Japan; aunt Brenda Gott of Salem, Mo.; uncle Joe David Boyer, of Gainesville; two step uncles and two aunts Beverly and Mike Duncan of Farmington, Mo., Randy and Bobbie Conardy of Hot Springs, Ark., Ronny and Melinda Conardy of St Louis, Mo., and Sandy English of Festus, Mo., and uncles Karl Gott and family, Karol Gott, Kurt Gott and family, Kane Gott and family, Gene Hart and family, great aunt Debbie and Dale Green of Jefferson City, Mo., great aunt Cleo Chambers; and great uncle Robert Gott of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Lee Gott, and paternal grandparents, Rilla and Dave Boyer and Lucille Hicks.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 in the Mammoth Assembly of God Church with Gale Wooten officiating. Burial was in the Gainesville Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday evening, Jan. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home chapel, Gainesville, Mo.
On line condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.