Theresa Hicks West died on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the age of 70 surrounded by her children in Tallahassee.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1943, in Thomasville, Ga. A daughter of the late George Franklin Hicks, Jr. and Kate Caldwell Hicks, she was a sixth-generation descendant of one of Thomas Countyís founding families. Her grandparents were John Richard and Minnie Hearn Caldwell, of Thomasville, and George Franklin and Julia Augusta Reynolds Hicks, of Metcalfe.

She was a 1961 graduate of Thomasville High School, where she was a varsity cheerleader, basketball player, and active in many clubs and organizations. She graduated from LaGrange College in 1965 with a major in religion and philosophy, and earned a masterís degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Georgia in 1970.

In both her personal and professional lives, she was devoted to using her nurturing and giving spirit to helping others. She was a lifelong Methodist who was a true example of service and humility. She was a teacher of developmentally disabled children, then a full-time mother, and later a social worker at Southwestern State Hospital. As a ministerís wife for many years, she gave her talents and energy to serving the church. She was a driving force behind the creation of the first overnight summer camp for developmentally disabled children in Georgia. She extended her giving and compassionate spirit to anyone in need that she encountered in daily life. People were drawn to her kindness and warmth.

She had a variety of interests. She was an avid reader who had a curiosity and concern for the world around her. She also had a gift for writing. She enjoyed the beauty of Godís creation, the companionship of a good dog, and lifeís simple pleasures.

She was a true Southern lady who valued the principles of family, home and hearth, grace, gentility, heritage, and faith. Above all, she was a mother who was devoted to her children, and she believed that her grandsons were gifts from God. Her strength and values are her enduring legacy to her family.

She is survived by her children, Kate Caldwell West, Augusta Reynolds West, and Louisa West Patton, and her grandchildren James Anderson Floyd and Ivan Vinicius West; her brothers John Caldwell Hicks and George Franklin Hicks III; her sister Charlotte Hicks Kanning Hungate, as well as the father of her children, Donald Joseph West, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Katherine Hicks Blackson.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church in Thomasville on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation with the family at 10 a.m. in the church library. Interment will be at the Hicks Cemetery, corner of Hicks Road and New Hope Road, near Metcalfe, Georgia.

Pallbearers will be Trent Blackson, Greg Jennings, Jay Smith, Bill Caldwell, Bobby Wilder, and David Winialski. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank G. Connell, John Caldwell Hicks, George Franklin Hicks III, and J. Richard Caldwell, Jr.