(1914 – 2000)
Mrs. Julia Ruth Hester Hicks, affectionately known as “Miss Judy,” began working part-time in the County Agent’s office in Chilton County during high school. She assumed the permanent secretarial position in 1952 after the death of her husband. Previously, she taught first grade at Verbena Consolidated School and worked with the Chilton County Welfare Department. She graduated from Chilton County High School and later attended Judson College and Alabama College.
During her tenure with the Cooperative Extension Service in Chilton County, she worked with 23 Extension workers. She was admired for her command of grammar, spelling, composition, typing, and dictation. Punctual and conscientious, she could always be depended on to complete assignments — even if it meant staying late.
She retired in 1977. The following is an excerpt from her 1977 job performance evaluation which highlights her excellent qualities: “Mrs. Hicks is a most dependable and dedicated Extension worker. Throughout the 25 years, she has been employed in the Chilton County office, she has gone far beyond the call of duty to assist the staff and clientele.
“Mrs. Hicks has always assumed the responsibility of the office. She knows the files and is always able to find information when requested. When an agent is not in, she makes a special effort to assist callers. She is always on the job ahead of time and remains overtime when necessary. It is a joy and a pleasure to work with a person such as Mrs. Hicks. The Extension Service is fortunate to have her.”
Born August 2, 1914, in Clanton, Judy was the youngest of six children — three sisters and two brothers. In her private life, she was active in the Presbyterian Church, the Pilot Club of Clanton, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, and her pet cats and dogs. Surviving relatives include a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Carey Thompson, and a grandson, 2nd Lt. Lee Carey Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Lee Hicks.
Her friends and coworkers remember her fondly. To honor this lady and her dedicated work at the Chilton County Extension Office, the name of Julia Ruth Hicks is placed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 423