Melvin R. Hickman was born January 9, 1936 in Louisville, Mississippi to James and Annie Mae Hickman. He was the youngest of 9 Children born to this union, but this never made him a stranger to hard work. After many years of working as a Painter he recently retired in Clearfield, UT.Melvin worked for many years as a professional painter. He was involved in painting many large scale buildings as well as the St. Louis Bridge, Granite City Bridge and many others during his career. He loved to ride his bike and always enjoyed watching a good western movie. He was a quiet person and a home body. He loved spending time with his family. He was a mild mannered man of few words but did not hesitate to speak up when he felt the need.Melvin left this life August 27, 2016 at his home in Clearfield, UT with family by his side ending his battle with lung cancer. He joins in eternity with his parents, siblings and his two sons Johnny and Melvin Jr. He leaves behind his loving wife Lillie Hickman, his beloved children: Diane, John, Chester, Annie, Kimberly, Melvina, Rodney, Astra and Meltia as well as a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother and many nieces and nephews.A viewing will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 from 6-8p.m. at Provident Funeral Home, 3800 South Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT.\n\n“A Prayer for You”I said a prayer for you today, and know God must have heard.I felt the answer in my heart although he spoke no word.I didn’t ask for wealth or fame; I knew you wouldn’t mind;I asked him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.I asked that he be near you, at the start of each new day.To grant you health and blessings, and family and friends to share the way.I asked for happiness for you. In all great and small.But it was for his loving care I prayed for most of all.