Evelyn Marie Conner Hicks was born the second child to the parentage of Sergeant Joe Allen Conner and Bertha Mae Bennett at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was known in the family as “Baby Sister.” Evelyn accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and married at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.
Evelyn and her brother, James (aka “Jackie”), grew up in Frazier Courts (at the corner of Troy and Hatcher Streets) in East Dallas. She graduated from Pearl C. Anderson Junior High and Lincoln High School (1969) in the Dallas Independent School District. On August 19, 1969, Evelyn , driven to succeed, attended the University of Houston; and, at Freshman Orientation, she met Donald W. Hicks. They eventually married and completed college, after which Evelyn immediately began a Masters Program at Texas Southern University (Houston) concentrating in education (early childhood development, counseling and special needs children). Evelyn began working as a marketing agent for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Houston, Texas (1974-1977). Looking for a way to make a difference and be counted in life, Evelyn enrolled in Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University (Houston), where she graduated in 1980 after having given birth to a son, Donald, II in 1978; and, after going into labor in a Labor Law final exam. (She made the highest grade and earned an Am Jur Award.) While in law school, Evelyn was a law clerk for Gulf Oil Company in Houston until she graduated. She became a Federal Civil Rights Attorney in the Office of Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Education (Dallas, 1980 – 1987), after which she joined Hill Hicks Collins, Attorneys at Law (Dallas) which dissolved in 1990 at which time she joined the Law Offices of Donald W. Hicks, Sr., P.C., when the firm began to capture meaningful clients, e.g., Dallas Independent School District (terminations, land title work, special needs cases, and author and originator of the District’s adopted MWBE Program), Texas Education Agency (special needs hearing officer), Dallas Central Appraisal District (tax valuation / exemption defense), FDIC / RTC (bank and bank property foreclosures / receiverships), Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She left the firm in 2009 and began working for Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP (tax collection for Dallas County taxing units) where she achieved Income Partner status. Evelyn was licensed to practice in the all Federal and State of Texas courts since 1980 and was a licensed real estate salesperson since 1998.
Evelyn was known well in the political circles in Dallas County and ran over ten (10) local races and assisted in other races. She was a member of the Dallas Committee on Urban Affairs (a General Purpose Political Committee. She served on the boards for: the City of Dallas’ Judicial Nominating Committee and City Plan Commission, Southern Dallas Development Corporation, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (where she chaired the M/WBE Committee).
Evelyn was very involved as a Silver Star Member of Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - (1972-2019). And was looking forward to be coming a golden Soror in 2022.Through the sorority, Evelyn was able to carry out her mission to serve the community through education, mentorship and outreach. She also had the opportunity to pin both her nieces with the sorority pin, as well as see her niece, Debbye, become a Silver Star this year , to further carry out her mission to help those in need. She chaired and served on a variety of AKA committees throughout her membership. She was a very dedicated and loyal AKA, forever.
Evelyn was a loving, dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She especially loved her eleven year old grandson, Donald, III (“Trey”) and he loves her. Other loving grandchildren are J’kory Jon Gibson (27) and Brendan Joseph Litton (9) (Texas City). She was also in constant contact with and loved dearly her daughter (Shana McNeil Hicks Randall) along with her nieces and great nieces ( Debbye Garner, Tamara Good, Camille Garner, Taylor Good and Taryn Good) A nephew (Thomathan Good II) who all affectionately called her Aunt Sis. Evelyn attended Mt. Sinai Baptist Church as a little girl, got married there, and remained with the Church until the time of her homegoing.
Left to cherish her memory are: James Richard Conner (brother), Brenda Joyce Stewart Conner (sister-in-law), Two half sisters Joe Alice Bender(Milwaukee),Clara New ( Milwaukee) Donald W. Hicks, Sr. (husband), Donald II (son), Donald III (grandson), Shana McNeil Hicks Randal (daughter), J’kory Jon Gibson and Brendan Joseph Litton (grandsons), Debbye L. Conner Garner and Camille Garner (nieces), Tamara Conner Good (Thomathon) (niece) , Thomaton, Jr. (nephew), Taylor and Taryn (twin nieces) and Special Friends: Na’Cole S. May (Eric and children), Valerie Hicks, Mark A. Mosley, and a host of other relatives, coworkers and friends.