Photo / Bo Hicks Facebook
Staff Sgt. Chandler "Bo" Hicks, left, with Jeremiah Squier in Afghanistan.
Hicks and Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark., suffered fatal injuries when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to today's announcement by the Department of Defense.
They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Chan Hicks, father of Bo, said Saturday, family members were leaving this morning for Dover (Del.) Air Force Base to bring their son back to Greer.
“I coached Bo a year and Coach (Will) Young had him a couple of years,” said Travis Perry, Greer Athletic Director, on Saturday night. Perry and Chan grew up together with both families close friends. Bo is a 2006 graduate of Greer High School.
“Bo was the type of person who would be standing in a room and you would never know it. He would be standing and listening,” Perry said. “He was a super nice young man.”
Perry said Bo was the “epitome of what you wanted in a high school athlete. And he was the foundation of what this country is about. Bo would ask, 'what can I do best to help the program’ and that’s exactly what he did for our country.”
The family learned early Friday Bo was injured in a battle with enemy forces. Late Friday night the military notified the family of his death.
Surviving are a son, Welsey, and daughter, Deliah Hicks. Also father, Chan Hicks, and step-mother Karen Hicks; mother Amy Holcombe Agnew, brothers, John and Colton Agnew, sister, Brinna, maternal grandfather, Frank Holcombe, maternal grandmother, Judy Hindman, paternal grandmother, Kay Hicks.
John wrote on Bo’s Facebook page:
“First I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, I also wanted to say that my brother was a good man he served our country well and did it with pride. He was not just my brother but my best friend and my hero I could talk to him about girls, fights, and Friday night football games. There will never be a moment forgotten with bo. R.I.P Bo Hicks. I love you.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.