Carl Bruce Hickerson Sr.

Carl Bruce Hickerson Sr.

Carl Bruce Hickerson Sr., 78, of Olive Branch, died at 10:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1943, in Payneville, Ky., the son of Kenneth Bruce and Loretta Allen Hickerson.  

He was married on July 2, 1977, at Miller City to Cindy Shafer.

He was a riverboat pilot for 43 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

Survivors include his wife, Cindy; two sons, Carl Bruce Hickerson Jr. and Donald Ray Hickerson; one daughter, Angela Michelle (James) Conley; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Sandy) Fleming and Charles (Judy) Fleming; two sisters, Louann Long and Brenda Johnson; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur and Myron Fleming.

Military honors were accorded at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, by area veterans and the U.S. Navy.

Services followed at 1 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with the Rev. Lacie Betts officiating.

Inurnment will be at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.



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