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Francis Henry Douglas Hichens, IV; known to all as Fran, of Greenbrier, Arkansas, received his healing from a very short five week battle with cancer when he entered his eternal home on Monday, June 20th, 2022, at the age of 53.
He was born on December 22, 1968, in Cobleskill, New York. He was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force in the Desert Storm War. After 9/11 he re-enlisted in the United States Navy as a military police officer serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. He received two National Defense Service Medals, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal in Combat in Mogadishu from the United States Air Force. He retired as a Police Officer from the North Little Rock Police department, and then put on another uniform and worked for ten years at UAMS Police Department where he remained and was promoted Captain, second in command to the Chief. In 2021, he removed his shield for the last time and retired after 27.5 years from law enforcement.
Fran also worked as a resource officer where he developed and taught the D.A.R.E. program. He received the Chief's award for developing a community outreach program for kids and teens when he created the Junior Police Academy. This academy helped teach young people about the profession of law enforcement.
Most importantly, Fran was a Christian, that in spite of his illness, his faith remained in the Lord. Fran was member of Crosspoint Church in Conway for the last seven years. At church he served as head of security, he was trained and taught classes on active shooter awareness. He also served on two mission trips to Kayenta, Arizona to the Navajo Reservation.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 27 years, Shannon Hichens of Greenbrier; two sons, Johnathan Hichens of North Little Rock; Andrew Hichens of Greenbrier; three daughters, Cris Hichens (Bevins) of Pennsylvania: Alyssa Hichens of Greenbrier; Sarah Quattlebaum and husband, Joel of Greenbrier; his mother, Shirley Bell of Florida; his father, Frank Hichens (Donna) of Columbia, Missouri; three amazing bonus moms, Lisa McCutchen (Ninner) of Marion, Illinois; Sharon Irving of Lima, Ohio; Glenda George (Mimi) of North Little Rock; one sister, Ellen Garcia (Jay) of Florida; one granddaughter, Ariella Quattlebaum, a bonus son, Gabe Hogans, his four legged baby, Honey Bunny and a host of extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 24th, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crosspoint Church of Conway, 767 US-64, Conway, Arkansas 72032. Funeral Services with United States Air Force Honors will be held Saturday, June 25th, 2022, at 2:00 pm in Crosspoint Church of Conway, 767 US-64, Conway, Arkansas 72032, with Pastor Paul DeHaan officiating and special music by Gabe Hogans. Burial with North Little Rock Police Honors will be Monday, June 27, 2022, in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, AR.
Pallbearers for the service are Chief Robert Barrentine, John Desizlets, Tim Freeman, Robert Riley, Bobby Herndon, Terry Jones, Blaine Ward, and Terry James. Honorary Pallbearers are Johnathan Hichens, Andrew Hichens, Gabe Hogans, Kenny Sutherland, Joel Quattlebaum, Loren Shanek.
Services for Fran Hichens are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home, 1134 Main Street, Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign his Book of Memories at www.viloniafuneralhome.com.
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