Solomon M. Hicks, Jr.
March 15, 1948 - April 25, 2023

Solomon Maurice Hicks, Jr., 75, of Jacksonville, previously of Long Branch and Manahawkin, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. Born on Monday, March 15, 1948 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Solomon M. Hicks, Sr. and Fredericka (Brown) Hicks and the widower of Tammy (Wiedmont) Hicks. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Army having fought in the Vietnam War. He retired as Commander of Police from the CSX Railroad. In his spare time, he enjoyed photography and shooting guns. Solomon was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing; he was a man of faith, witnessing to anyone and everyone he met. He was passionate about leading people to Jesus.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Solomon “Scott” Hicks, III and Christopher “Chris” Hicks both of NJ; step-daughter, Lindsey Weidmont of PA; grandchildren, Elizabeth Hicks and Cameron Stewart both of NJ; sisters, Liana Hicks and Geraldine Hicks both of IL; nieces, Mary Gabby Hicks and Brianna Hicks also of IL; ex-wife and good friend, Diana Hicks; and his beloved dog, Chase.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Madelyn, Yolanda, Teresa and his twin sister, Solona.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date and details announced by the family.

To know Solomon was to know how much he loved to laugh, had a sarcastic sense of humor- cracking jokes when he could. He was a “big brother” kind of guy to everyone, always wanting to help a person in need. He was often mistaken for James Earl Jones, not only for his looks but his famous Darth Vader voice.

Solomon will be forever missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


  • Melanie Foy Russell Posted April 27, 2023 9:13 am

    I am so sorry to see this. He was a wonderful man. He was always so kind to my dad. My dad was 91 and passed in 2021. He always had the nicest things to say about your Dad. I was blessed to meet and see him at their church Bethany Baptist several times. He will truly be missed. The whole community loved him. God bless you all as you have to learn to move forward without him. Prayers for you all.

  • Douglas l. Mindek, sr. Posted April 27, 2023 9:29 am

    Sal is my friend. He made my life better just to know him. I will miss him and talk online. Till we meet again Brother.

  • Paul Cardone Posted April 27, 2023 9:40 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Solomon while employed with the ConRail Police Dept. He was a gentleman and a professional with a great sense of humor. He & I stayed in touch thru social media and would talk from time to time. He will be greatly missed.
    R.I.P. Brother.

  • V Davis Posted April 27, 2023 10:59 am

    Our hearts are broken to know we will no longer have the opportunity to hear Solomon sing in church.(Now he’s singing in that Heavenly Choir, rejoicing with our Lord and Savior. )Your father really did sound like James Earl Jones.(a beautiful voice) He always made me and JC feel welcomed at our church. We will miss him so much, but we know we’ll meet again in Heaven ,one glorious day!

  • Terra Spalding Posted April 27, 2023 2:28 pm

    I’m so sorry for your sadness at your time of loss. May the memories of Mr. Sol give you peace and comfort at this time and for the days to come. I will always remember the kindness and humorous side of him. I will never forget his laugh. It always put a smile of my face. He will be missed greatly!

  • Louis P. Meloro Posted April 27, 2023 2:49 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Sol’s passing. He was my Sergeant at ConRail for many years, and was also a great friend. We always had a good time together. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Brother

  • Selena Marshburn Posted April 27, 2023 11:56 pm

    Mr. Solomon was a true gentleman with a huge heart. I had to smile when I read in his obituary that he “loved to laugh and had a sarcastic sense of humor and cracked jokes when he could” because this was so true. I never saw him when he didn’t have a smile on his face or a kind word to speak. He will truly be missed. It is a blessing to have called him a friend and brother in Christ. To his family and other friends, I will continue to pray for your peace and comfort and to Mr. Solomon , I know you are singing with the angels…until we meet again, love you my friend.

  • charles j wagner Posted May 1, 2023 12:27 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Sol since the 1970’s when he first became an officer with Conrail.
    Always ready with that big smile of his, a fun guy to be around. R I P my friend .

  • Steve Steinhauser Posted July 21, 2023 12:27 pm

    I have known Sol since high school in Chicago, and we always hung out together in a group of friends and simply as Buddies. He was a true gentleman, and someone I always admired.
    A silent warrior.
    I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
    RIP Sol.

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