Maxine “Ernie” P. Hickman

Maxine Purvis Hickman, 85, of Terry, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Visitation will be 12pm-2pm Monday, August 21, 2017 at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs with services at 2pm in Stringer Family Chapel.  Interment will be at County Line Cemetery.  Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.

She was born September 30, 1931 to the late Myrah Gordon Purvis and JB Purvis.  Maxine was a well loved and faithful member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Terry.

Maxine worked alongside her husband for many years in the grocery business at Liberty Super Market on Terry Road and Hickman’s Grocery in Terry.  After their retirement she became the ultimate farmer’s wife, cooking for the help, answering the phone, and waiting on customers, many of them returning year after year.

She was affectionately nicknamed “Ernie” by two of her grandsons and will be most remembered for her quick wit, stewed potatoes, cheese grits, and hot cornbread.  Ernie loved her family and friends but what she really loved was ice cream, going to the beauty shop, buying shoes, and grocery shopping.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Lynn Hickman; sister, Edrie Sue McCleland; brother, Jerrell Purvis; and great grandson, Levi Samuel Fields.  She is survived by daughters, Pat Bou  (Gary), Carolyn Brister (Freddie), and Sylvia Hickman; grandchildren, Brad Pitts, John Fields, Clay Brister, Molly Moss, Brandy Duncan, Toni Jones and Kay Lanty; great grandchildren, Jackson and Dixie Fields, Noah and Karlee Brister, Gavin Moss, Austin Duncan and Myrah and Nora Myers; sister, Maurine Pickett and brother, Don Purvis and many nieces, nephews and cousins who were all special to her.