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Susan Grubbs Hickok

June 25, 1950 ~ April 3, 2021 (age 70)

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Susan Grubbs Hickok, 70, of Charlotte died Saturday, April 3, 2021 at home with family. A virtual memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 11 at 3:30 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church. This service can be viewed on the Covenant website at

Born June 25, 1950 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Susan was the daughter of Dwight Gilmer and Louise Cress Grubbs. Susan was a graduate of Harding High School, where she met her husband Alan, beginning a beautiful partnership that would last over 50 years. She earned a BA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later a degree in interior design from Central Piedmont Community College.

Mrs. Hickok was a lifetime member and Elder Emerita of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Susan cofounded the Stephen Ministry program at Covenant, providing care and counsel to those in need, and led the program for a decade. Music was central to Susan’s life. She joined the Covenant choir at age 14 and sang alongside her mother, beautiful soprano voices in tandem, for over five decades. Susan would climb the steeple bell tower at Covenant for many years to play the carillon. Mrs. Hickok was an accomplished seamstress, with prom dresses, her wedding dress and her daughters smocked Easter dresses among her many creations. Susan utilized this talent as the costume designer at Covenant for the Madrigal Singers, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and children’s musicals. Mrs. Hickok was active in Presbyterian Church life beyond Covenant. She was the Executive Coordinator for the 210th General Assembly in Charlotte in 1998 and was the first employee of Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte, responsible for raising the money for its foundation and its endowment. Mrs. Hickok retired from the seminary as Associate Vice-President.​

Susan was a beloved mother, wife, sister, friend, healer, mentor, creator and foremost a child of God. Mrs. Hickok is survived by her husband, Alan Paul Hickok of Charlotte; daughters Emily Allison Hickok of Charlotte and Mary Melissa Fiorenza (Adam) of Charlotte; grandchildren Joseph William, Lyla Grace, Romeo August, and Meadow Cosette Fiorenza; brother Donald Patterson Grubbs (Carey Holman) and sister Marilyn Louise Grubbs of Carrboro; sisters-in-law Donna McClung and June Howe (Logan); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church,​1000 East Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204, or​ Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte,​ 5141 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210.​

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