Marcus Rea Hickerson was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Waco, Texas. He passed away Aug. 6, 2011, in Waxahachie.

After growing up on the family farm in Lorena, Texas, and graduating from Lorena High School, he served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. After graduating from North Texas State University, he began his career working for Eli Walker Dry Goods Company in Dallas, Texas. He married his college sweetheart, Renda Louise Morgan, in July 1951. In 1951, he became general partner of Hickerson’s Food Store in downtown Waxahachie. As an Air Force reservist, he served in active duty during the Korean Conflict. In 1961, he became a director of Holly Corporation, headquartered in Azusa, Calif., and was appointed president later that year. In 1971, he joined Great Lakes Development Company, a subsidiary of Centex Corporation of Dallas, as president. He remained with Centex until his retirement in 1988. In May 2010, he retired from the Holly Corporation board of directors after serving on the board for more than 50 years.

A long time resident of Waxahachie, he served as president of the Waxahachie School Board in the 1950s and was instrumental in acquiring the then out-of-town property that is now home to the current Waxahachie High School. He also served as chairman of the board of Baylor Medical Center – Ellis County, president and a director of the Waxahachie Community Development Corporation, a director of the Waxahachie Foundation, a director and treasurer of the Waxahachie YMCA, chairman of the Ellis County Planning and Zoning Commission and a director of the Ellis County Water Control and Improvement District. In 1993, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce named him Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Renda; son, Marcus Neale Hickerson and wife, Dane of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Marcus Lee and Stephanie Rea Hickerson; daughter, Lisa Annette Magalski of Folsom, Calif., grandchildren, Ashli Nicole and Alexa Emily Magalski; son, Stephen Rea Hickerson and wife, Kim of Waxahachie; and grandchildren, Katlyn Rose and Olin Riley Hickerson.

A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13, at Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College St. in Waxahachie.

Never selfish throughout his life, his final request was that his body be donated to UT Southwestern Medical Center for organ donor and medical research.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ellis County Museum, the Presbyterian Children’s Home of Waxahachie and the American Cancer Society.