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August 10

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Honor Mission
Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks, Veteran
US Army
Dunbar, West Virginia – August 10, 2022

About the Mission:

The Patriot Guard Riders will stand for Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks, 62, US Army veteran for his final services on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. Vernon went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, 3 August 2022.
He was a retired Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic and a veteran of the US Army.

Primary Staging Details:
August 10, 2022 — 1:15 PM
Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, In front of Office
130 Academy Dr.
Dunbar, West Virginia 25064

Ride Captain:

Jim & Jeanne Shaffer


Ride briefing: 1:30 PM
Service: 2:00 PM, with military honors where our flag-line will be set and maintained for his graveside services.

Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will not be provided, please bring your own

Submitted by: Michael Whitlatch
West Virginia Ride Captain

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19 Responses

  1. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  2. My Sincere Condolences to the family and friends of Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks. Thank you, Vernon, for your dedicated commitment and service to our great country. Vernon’s family and friends may God hold you close and comfort you as only he can. Vernon you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten!! Rest in Peace Sir.

    A light went out on Earth for me
    The day we said goodbye
    And on that day a star was born,
    The brightest in the sky
    Reaching through the darkness
    With its rays of purest white
    Lighting up the Heavens
    As it once lit up my life
    With beams of love to heal
    The broken heart you left behind
    Where always in my memory
    Your lovely star will shine

    Susan Whitlatch
    State Captain
    WV Patriot Guard

  3. To the family and friends of Vernon Lee Hicks, US Army Veteran, I am sorry for your loss.. May we as a nation never forget those that had served to protect this great country.. May God wrap his loving arms around your loved one and welcome him home… May he Rest In Peace .

    “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”

    Jeanne Shaffer
    Ride Captain – West Virginia Patriot Guard

  4. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of US Army Veteran Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks.
    Thank you for your service in the US Army. May you rest in peace.
    Dave Shaffer
    Vietnam 1970/71
    1/327th. INF. 101st ABN.


  5. My sincere condolences to the family of this departed hero. This nation is grateful to him for answering its call and defending our freedom. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Rest in peace with God and in your loved ones memories.

    Jim Shaffer
    2/39th Artillery
    3rd Inf Div
    WV PGR

  6. I am grateful for the life and service of Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks. My sincere condolences to the friends and family.
    Matt PGR from Martinsburg

  7. Prayers for the e family and friends of this veteran who gave his time and love for his country, Rest In Peace and thank you for your service!

  8. My husband Clarence and I offer our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of this hero. Thank you Sir for your service and sacrifice to our country so that we remain free. God speed and rest in peace Sir.
    Patti Shafer
    WV Patriot Guard

  9. Rest in peace Vernon Hicks, U.S. Army Veteran. Thank you for your service. Prayers sent for family and friends.

  10. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Vernon Lee Hicks, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Army Veteran, Vernon Lee Hicks, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  11. Randy and I send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this HERO during this difficult time.  May you find a measure of comfort in the many happy memories shared with your loved one, for memory is one thing that even death cannot destroy.  May God hold you close and comfort you as only He can do.

    To you, Mr. Hicks, we send our deepest gratitude for your service and sacrifice for our freedom.  We know that FREEDOM is NEVER FREE but is preserved and protected by folks like you who willingly answer our nation’s call to serve.  May you now rest in peace, your service here is complete.

    Mrs. Pat Dawson
    WV Patriot Guard

  12. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers going up for the family and friends. R.I.P. Sir. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country.

  13. Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks, U S Army. I would like to offer my Most Sincere Condolences to the family and friends of Vernon. Thank you for your dedicated commitment and service to our great country and for keeping our freedom and way of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this grieving period. It is okay, Soldier, to take off your boots and lay down your weapon for your tour of duty is done.
    I salute you Soldier, and may you rest in peace now knowing you are in a better place. You now have a new address up in heaven and your friends and family will be seeing you one day soon. You will still be protecting us from heaven while looking down. God bless and God speed.

    Alan Sinnett
    Retired U.S ARMY: 1984 to 2008
    Senior Ride Captain
    WV PGR

  14. Our condolences and prayers for family and friends. Thank you for your service to our country and our freedom.
    Sgt Ron Sines (retiredArmy) and Kathy

  15. Thank you for your service. God speed. My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones for the loss of your loved one.

    Robyn Jones
    WV Patriot Guard

  16. We still live free thanks to those that answered the call to protect this great country from tyranny. My wife and I give thanks for the honorable service of Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks in the US Army. As his family and friends gather to say their last goodbyes may they find strength from each other in the difficult days ahead. May your loved one rest in eternal peace.

    Pat Hanifin, Sr.
    Senior Ride Captain/ASC – South
    US Air Force 70 – 74
    Vietnam Veteran 72 – 73

    Riding in honor of my parents who served in WWII:
    1st Lieutenant Robert W. Hanifin and 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth L. Hanifin

  17. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Vernon Lee Hicks. I would like to Thank Vernon for his Service to Our Great Nation and May He Rest in Eternal Peace in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Ron Dolly
    HM3 US Navy 73-77
    WV PGR


    Under threatening skies with thunder in the background, the Heavens held back
    the rain until after the service of United States Army Veteran, Vernon Lee “Tiger” Hicks.
    After the briefing we established the Flag line as we waited on the arrival of the Funeral Procession.
    We followed the Honor Guard commands.
    This service was different in that not only was the Rifle Salute, Taps, but
    Reveille was played.
    After the presentation of the Folded Flag to Mrs. Hicks.
    The Patriot Guard presented her with the Plaque and Condolence Book.
    At the end of the service , several friends and family of Mr. Hicks, thanked us for been there.
    We then Dismiss.
    Jeanne and I would like to Thank Jamie and her staff of Donel C Kinnard for their assistance and our members who stood the Flag line with us. Pat and Pat Hanifin, Patti Shafer, Ron Garton, Jim Gilpen and Dave Shaffer.
    We also appreciate all of those that posted condolences, with your help we
    were able to give the family a nice book.
    Thank you
    Jim and Jeanne Shaffer

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