On September 23, 1906, Samuel Davis Hickman was born to Dorcas Ann Stanaland and William Davis Hickman. He had one older brother, Poe, and one older sister, Alston. The family farm was near Glendale community, a few mils north of Loris. Sam rode to Loris with his brother and sister in a buggy pulled by a mule to attend school. He graduated from Loris High School in 1925.
On August 22, 1927, he married Sidney Mitchelle Bellamy and worked for his father- in-law, John Sidney Bellamy, at Peoples Grocery Store for the next few years. He and his brother, Poe, also worked together about this time.
In 1934 a daughter, Sidney Anne, was born. Shortly afterward he was employed by Federal Land Bank and worked for this institution until 1945. A second daughter, Hannah, was born in 1939. During these years job transfers carried the family to Cheraw, Greenwood, Athens (GA), Anderson and Mullins.
In 1945 the family moved back home to Loris. Sam then worked for a time with Farmers Bank. In the summer of 1946 Loris Wood Products was organized and opened. Hickman was Secretary-Treasurer and part-owner. The other partners were Needham Causey and B.T. Ragan. This furniture plant, the first manufacturing plant in the Loris area, employed approximately fifty men and was in operation from 1946 until the early 1960s.
Sam Hickman loved Loris and was always a part of its activities and progress. He was a member of the Loris Civitan Club, a Mason, and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Loris, which he helped to establish. He served on the Loris High School Board of Trustees for several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was a member of the Horry County Board of Commissioners and did much toward establishing an adequate road system for upper Horry County. He also served on a committee of the Civitan Club appointed to research the feasibility of building a hospital in Loris.
Hickman died on Oct. 28, 1969, at the age of sixty-three.
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