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Madison Old Cemetery

DAN MCHENRY                       HATTIE MINA REID

                              HICKY Sr.                                          HICKY

Dan McHenry Hicky, Colonel (Col.) United States Air Force, Retired, age 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 5, 2010 following a long illness.

Col. Hicky was born June 28, 1917 to Dan and Louise McHenry Hicky. He graduated from Morgan County High School in 1934, attended the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville for one year, then transferred to the University of Georgia, where he pledged the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in fine arts in 1938. He earned his pilot’s license at Epp’s Flying School, Athens, Ga., in 1939 and operated his own photography and radio repair business in Madison. Many old Madison photo albums bear the mark of “Laddie’s Lab” on the back of photographs to attest to this first venture into private business.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on December 5, 1940. He completed initial training in communications and then applied for the Flying Cadet program. After earning his commission and his wings in 1942, he flew numerous fighter aircraft including the P-39 Airacobra with the 6th Air Force, 43rd Fighter Squadron, conducting anti-submarine patrols in defense of the Panama Canal during the early part of World War II.


During a war-time leave, then Captain Hicky married Hattie Mina Reid on April 27, 1944.


He later flew the P-47 Thunderbolt, completing 25 combat missions in Europe with the 9th Air Force, 50th Fighter Group, 81st Fighter Squadron. The 50th Fighter Group earned two Distinguished Unit Citations while he was flying with them. The first was for support of the Seventh Army during the assault on the Siegfried Line. The second was for the most successful strafing mission by any Ninth Air Force group during the war. It was against intense enemy anti-aircraft fire at a German Luftwaffe airfield just southeast of Munchen, Germany.

After the war he flew one of the Air Force’s first all-weather fighter-interceptor jets, the F86D Sabre Dog. Over 30 years in the Air Force included non-flying assignments as Director of Budget, Fifth Air Force, in Japan; Deputy Comptroller, Air Defense Command in Montgomery, Ala.; and Comptroller, 14th Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. Col. Hicky was diagnosed with glaucoma in the mid 1960s, but was able to stay on active duty in non-flying positions until he retired from the Air Force in 1971. His awards including the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Col. Hicky returned to Madison in 1972 and worked in public relations for the Holiday Inn hotel chain for several years while he and his wife organized and ran Regal Tours of Madison. He was very active in Madison over the years serving as President of the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the Morgan County Historical Society, and the Madison Boxwood Garden Club. He was also a member of the Madison Landmark Society, the Daedalions (a pilot’s organization), the Blind Veteran’s Association, the International Society of Poets, the Famous Poet’s Society, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison. For many years Col. Hicky wrote a weekly column for the Madisonian newspaper and later the Morgan County Citizen newspaper, writing up to the last days of his life. He also wrote two books of poetry, "That I May Fly" and "Madisonian’s I Have Known." While his sight enabled him, Col. Hicky was also an avid photographer and took many of the photographs for the book his wife published, "As It Was Told To Me."

Col. Hicky was predeceased by his oldest son, Captain Dan McHenry Hicky, Jr., USAF. He is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Hattie Mina Reid Hicky, daughter Mina Reid Lujan, son Commander John Stratton Hicky, USN (Ret.) and his wife Bonnie, four grandchildren: Morgan and Dana Hicky, Laura Lujan, Lea Lujan Flores and her husband Fernando, and three great-grandchildren: Joseph, Isaiah, and Noah Flores.

Hattie Mina Reid Hicky passed away on December 6, at the age of 94.


Born March 2, 1918 in Augusta to Walker Sydney Reid and Maud Winter Hack, she attended school in Madison and college at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, majoring in education, and going on to teach school in Brunswick.


She married Dan McHenry Hicky, Captain, United States Army Air Corps, on April 27, 1944 and was a military wife for the next 27 years, which carried her away from her Southern roots to live in 11 different states and even Japan. During this time, she raised a daughter and two sons, served as a Red Cross Gray Lady, took and taught Japanese flower arrangement classes, taught home nursing and Japanese Bride School classes to Japanese women marrying American service members, delivered mail for an independent postal service in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and earned her real estate license there.

Solicitous of her Southern upbringing she would always tell those she met that she always went by "Hattie Mina" to honor both her Southern grandmother, Hattie Hack, and her Northern grandmother, Wilhemina Walker.

After her husband's retirement from the Air Force in 1971, Hattie Mina and Dan spent over 40 years in Madison, living next door to her old family home. She took an active role in keeping and honoring Madison's heritage, helping restore Dan's family home and working with the Madison Chamber of Commerce as she ran Regal Tours for many years, which included step-on bus tours of Madison.

Hattie Mina also published a book, "As It was Told to Me;" a candid history of the homes in Madison with recipes from their owners.

Hattie Mina was a member the American Association of University Women, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and the Morgan County Landmarks Society. She and her husband were members of the Morgan County Historical Society for almost 40 years and were both honored for their participation in acquiring and restoring Heritage Hall in Madison for public visitation. She was named Morgan County's "Woman of Achieve-ment" in 1982 and was a member of the Madison First United Methodist Church.

Hattie Mina was predeceased by her son, Dan McHenry Hicky, Jr., Capt., U.S. Air Force, and her husband of 66 years, Dan McHenry Hicky, Col., U.S. Air Force (Retired). She is survived by her daughter Mina Reid Lujan, her son John Stratton Hicky, CDR, U.S. Navy (Retired), her daughter-in-law Bonnie Long Hicky; four grandchildren, Laura Louise Lujan, Lea Marie Flores, Morgan Fay Hicky, and Dana Shelby Hicky; grandson in-law Fernando Flores, and three great-grandchildren, Joseph Alexander Flores, Isaiah Gabriel Flores, and Noah Joshua Flores.

A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. Memorials for Hattie Mina Hicky may be made to The Source of Light Missions International, 1011 Mission Rd, Madison, Georgia 30650; or the Morgan County Public Library, 1131 East Ave., Madison, Georgia 30650.

From: The Morgan County Citizen December 13, 2012

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From: The Morgan County Citizen July 8, 2010

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