Hester Henrietta Hicks

Church Volunteer, Homemaker

Hester Henrietta Hicks, 77, a church member and homemaker, died of congestive heart failure July 3 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Hicks volunteered at her church, the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in South Arlington, concentrating on her door-to-door ministry and Bible study.

She was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and grew up in West Virginia. She attended beauty college in Charleston, W.Va., until she married and moved to Northern Virginia.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Edward E. Hicks of Falls Church; a daughter, Stephanye T. Hicks of Reston; a sister, Rena S. Jones of Bowie; and a brother, William Stringfellow Jr. of Mount Rainier.

Francis Anthony Lane Jr.

CIA Personnel Officer

Francis Anthony Lane Jr., 72, a retired personnel officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, died of a brain hemorrhage June 25 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mr. Lane joined the CIA in 1964 and retired in 1993. He received several awards, including an exceptional service award in 1990.

A Washington native, he grew up in Takoma Park, where was his family was among the founding residents and his father was police chief. He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in 1951.

He worked his way through college as a librarian assistant with the D.C. Public Library and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

From 1951 to 1960, he was a military police officer in the Maryland National Guard and the Army Reserve.

After living in Takoma Park and Silver Spring, he moved to Rockville in 1970. He was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rockville and was head usher for 25 years.

He enjoyed drawing, painting and writing short stories.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Betty Buehl Lane of Rockville; six children, Francis Anthony Lane III of Gapland, Md., Tom Lane of Hagerstown, Md., Bill Lane of Boston, Betsy Lane Lewis of Fairfax and Michael Lane and John Lane, both of Frederick; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.