BISHOPVILLE -- James Hickman died Sunday, April 11, 2004.

James, affectionately known to us all as "Johnny," was born in Bishopville, on June 16, 1952. He was the son of the late Pickett Hickman and the surviving Janie Mae Hickman. Johnny was a member of Jerusalem Stuckey Baptist Church. He graduated from Dennis High School in 1970 and moved to Newark, N.J., shortly afterward. He was a licensed contracting carpenter and performed various work in the community.

He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was a special person who shined his joy upon everyone who knew him. His presence to us all will surely be missed, as we know he has gone to that special place.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pickett Hickman; and his two brothers, Walter Hickman and Eddie Hickman.

Johnny leaves cherished, fond memories to a mother, Janie Mae Hickman; former wife, Sharon Kelly-Hickman; two daughters, Monica Hickman of Lithonia, Ga., and Umeki (Nicholas) Brown of North Charleston; a son, James Hickman Jr. of Deltona, Fla.; an adopted daughter of Newark, N.J.; two sisters, Ann McPhatter of Philadelphia and Ella Mae Mickens of Bishopville; two brothers, William (Georgianna) Hickman of Newark and Leo Hickman of Newark; one sister-in-law, Mamie Hickman of Hillside, N.J.; one brother-in-law, Roscoe McPhatter of Memphis, Tenn.; one aunt, Phyllis Hill of Philadelphia; one uncle, Walter Gregg of Bishopville; eight grandchildren, Umeitia Brown, Rashad Brown, Ammad Brown, Nicholas Brown Jr., Peqouya Hickman, Markeith Hickman, Deontel Hickman and Dyreese Hickman; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a special friend, Marielle Leepoe.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Rev. Julia Sanders, pastor. Burial will be at Davis Cemetery.

Boatwright Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.