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James Cagney Wicks

June 29, 1941 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

James Wicks Obituary

James Cagney Wicks who was affectionately known as Jimmy was born in Oklahoma City,

Oklahoma on June 29th 1941 to JC Wicks and Clemmie Lee Wicks. He was the second child of this

union. He had an older sister Janice Wicks and younger brother Ronald Wicks.  He considered

himself a cowboy and loved Westerns at a young age. He and his family relocated to

California in 1946 and he attended schools in the Compton Unified School District

graduating from Centennial High School in 1959. Jimmy played on the football team and

excelled at Track and Field. He was especially good at high jumping in high school and college.

He attended Compton Community College, received a degree from Golden West Community 

College and attended Long Beach State University.  He majored in Machine Technology and he 

was one of two referred to Northrup Grumman personnel by his professor. 

He was hired and worked for Northrop Grumman for 35 years working his way up to Supervisor.

Jimmy met Janyce Theresa Driver at Compton College in October 1960. They met fell in love 

and married in January 1962. From that union 2 children were born Wendi Kristina and James 

Christopher.


Jimmy enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing and sports.  He was gifted musically playing guitar, piano,

banjo, harmonica and on the Praise and Worship team at his Church he played the trumpet.

Jimmy was a man of God and he attended Church regularly and dedicated his time taking 

Missionary trips with the Church. He travelled to Guatemala, Peru and Mazatlan.

Jimmy was a dedicated and dependable husband and father who was loving and strong. 

He was a hard worker with an excellent work ethic.

Jimmy leaves behind his wife of 61 years Janyce T Wicks, daughter Wendi (Wicks) Biddings, (Wil

Biddings), son James Christopher Wicks,

(Jaimee Wicks), five grandchildren Willie Biddings (Kim Biddings), Joshua Biddings, Jonica Biddings,

Jazmine Biddings and Kylie Wicks,

a brother Ronald Wicks (who passed 10 days following Jimmy) Half Sister Doris Sykes and a host of other

family members and friends. Jimmy will always

be remembered as a man that served and honored God and is now rejoicing with Jesus.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 12, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brown Colonial Mortuary
204 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, California 92706

Funeral Service
Saturday
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Foothill Family Church
19432 Bake Pkwy.
Lake Forest, CA 92610

Interment
Saturday
January 13, 2024

1:00 PM
El Toro Cemetery
25751 Trabuco Rd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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