Beth's Wedding Dress

Beth Hicks was buried in her wedding dress after her mother, sister, and aunt picked it up from the bridal store where it was being altered.

  

Beth’s friends and family thank The Devine News for permission to republish this article.  We have abbreviated some names to protect individuals’ privacy.

Investigation underway....

Officer Beth Hicks loved life, and making a difference

By K. K. Calme


"If she loved you, you knew it, because she made sure you knew it."

Those words are so true of Beth Hicks, who made sure everyone who crossed her path in life enjoyed that moment in life with her.  Whether at work or at play, Hicks brightened any room she entered with her warm smile, sincere greetins, and bouncy personality.  She loved life and made sure those around her loved it too.  She was so looking forward to marrying the love of her life, SSgt. Dwayne Davis, this September.  She may be gone, but her smile, her laughter and sheer joy that radiated from her presence will be with us forever.

The small community of Devine was stunned at the news of Beth's death last Wednesday June 30th.  Kendall County Sheriff Henry B. Hodge ame to Devine to personally inform her parents ________ and ________ Hicks, of the tragic news of Probation Officer Hicks' death.  Beth was found dead outside her home early that morning with head wounds, possibly from a blunt instrument.  Neighbors found her beside her truck, dressed for work.  According to reports, she did not appear to be robbed.

Beth had been a probation officer for Kendall County for the past 5 years and resided in Boerne, Texas.  Fellow law enforcement officers are investigating her murder, which is being headed by the Texas Rangers and the Kendall County Sheriff's Department.

Several of Beth's co-workers, including Sheriff Hodge, spoke in tribute to Beth at her funeral in Devine last Saturday, July 3rd.  "If she loved you, you knew it, because she made sure you knew it," said Sheriff Hodge.  Others added, "She was an excellent probation officer," "she was good to her clients," "a very loving person," "Important part of our family probation team," "would do anything for anybody," "always had a smile to brighten up our mornings, " "would help anyone who was willing to help themselves."  She was "well respected by namy law enforcement officials, not only in Kendall County but all over the area."

Beth was excited about her upcoming wedding and was in the process of hand stitching each of the 150 bnags to be filled with rice that would be tossed at them.  She seemed to put a personal touch to everything in her life.  She loved working needlepoints and sharing them with her family and friends.  In fact, as one friend pointed out, "I expected to see needlepoint hangings all over her home, but there weren't.  She had made them for loved ones and given them away."  An example of her willingness to go out of the way for others is a gift ordered for her nephew, Peter.  His subscription to Mad Magazine was erroneously sent to her address.  Instead of correcting the mistake, she saw that as an opporunity for her to personally attach a note to each issue and mail them to him, herself, each month.  Fiancee Dwayne was also one of the many recipients of her generous presents.  She had met him days before his departure, about a year ago.  Yet, while he was stationed in Iraq during his tour of duty, she made sure he had mail everyday and a care package each week.  That was just the thoughtful person she was.  She didn't do many things for herself; instead, she spent a lifetime doing for others.

Beth loved Devine and growing up in the country in a small town.  Like she told her friend, S____ J_____, who had just moved to Devine during their high school days, "I am going to make you my friend, and make you love Devine."  She also helped others enjoy the Devine Warhorse and Arabian games, as she spent hours being the school mascot, sheering on the teams and motivating the fans.  Most of all, Beth enjoyed going to the range with her father, camping out with her friends, and raising 4-H animals.  In later years, she became an avid marksman and helped her father renovate some homes.  She also loved coming down on weekends to help her mom out during the busy tax seasons, and just hanging out in the kitchen, relaxing together.

As her mother, S____, said at her graveside in Evergreen Cemetery, "it takes a community to raise a child.  Thanks for being a part of Beth's life and for being her for us, also."

I can see where Beth got her thoughtfulness [and] honesty. 

She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.  She is survived by . . . .

If you have information about Beth's murder, contact
Criminal Investigation Divison,
Kendall County Sheriff's Office
830-249-9721 or
eric.williams@kendallcountysheriff.com
Or Kendall County Crimestoppers
kc-crimestoppers.com, 1-800-348-5323

Who Murdered Beth Hicks? an unsolved felony murder   $25k reward for info  1-800-348-5323, 830-331-8808

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Beth's friends and family thank The San Antonio Express News for permission to republish this article.

Written by the San Antonio Express News Staff


BOERNE -- For months, Beth Hicks meticulously prepared for her wedding, hand stitching each of the 150 bags to be filled with rice that would be tossed at her wedding.

But on Thursday, her family was making funeral arrangements as Hicks' law enforcement colleagues investigated her slaying a day earlier.

Hicks, a Kendall County Probation Officer, was found dead with head wounds outside her trailer home on Johns Road near here, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials have been tight-lipped about the investigations, which is being headed by the Texas Rangers and the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Henry B. Hodge said Hicks, 36, did not appear to have been robbed.  Authorities did not have any suspects or possible motives, he said.

Friends and neighbors said Hicks was excited about the September wedding she was planning with her fiance, Dwayne Davis, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood.

Penni Garcia, a fellow Kendall County Probation Officer, said Hicks met Davis last year, a week before he was shipped to Iraq.

The two exhcanged letters and e-mails, and Hicks sent weekly care packages with shaving cream, cookies, underwear, and -- when she could get away with it -- small bottles of liquor.

"She was a care-package freak," Garcia said.  "He never wanted for anything."

When Davis came to Boerne for leave in December, he proposed to Beth on Christmas Day, friends said.

Davis couldn't be reached Thursday, and grieving family members in Devine, where Hicks attended high school, declined to comment.

Several law enforcement officers and most of her neighbors were going to be invited to the wedding, neighbor Paul Goff said.

Goff, who stood at his doorway red-eyed and unshaven, couldn't sleep Wednesday night.  He and another man found her body, still dressed for work, near her truck.  The neighbors said they did not hear any violent noise or screams early Wednesday.

"A lot of people out here have been restless at night," Goff said.  "It is not something you get used to.  You are one big family out here."

Goff declined to offer more details about the circumstances surrounding Hicks' death, saying investigators have asked neighbors not to speak to reporters.

Garcia said Hicks oversaw about 110 files for people on probation and worked indirectly with about 100 more.

Occasionally there are confrontations, she said with probationers who don't meet court-ordered terms of their release.

Friends said Hicks had a bubbly personality and bonded with many of her probationers.

Garcia said about eight of them -- including one who had completed his probation -- called her wanting information about funeral arrangements.

"She would give you everything," she said, "If she had one soda and she was dying of thirst, she would give you her soda.  She would stay thirsty."

Colleagues said Hicks wrote letters of recommendation for good probationers and worked to help them restart their lives.  But she also was a stickler for the rules and held probationers accountable.

"I thought she was an excellent probation officer, " Kenall County District Attorney Bruce Curry said.  "She would go out of her way to put in a good word [for her probationers] if she thought they were doing a good job."

John Ryder, deputy chief of the Bexar County Probation Office, said it's extremely rare for a probation officer to be attacked by a probationer, much less killed.  He said officers work hard to get probationers counseling and drug rehabilitation and often can become advocates for them.

Convicts understand "probation officers are an arm of the court," said Ryder, who has been a probation officer for 15 years.  "A probation officer doesn't send someone to prison.  It is the court that does."

Services for Hicks are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Devine.


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