Bessie E. Hicks, 78

Correctional officer

December 30, 2006

Bessie E. Hicks, a retired correctional officer, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Towson ManorCare. The Pikesville resident was 78.

Born Bessie Eleanor Hicks in Franklinton, N.C., she moved to Baltimore in 1948 and lived in Govans.

In 1958, she became a correctional officer at the old Baltimore City Jail and was among the first black women employed there in that capacity. She retired in 1989 from what had become the Baltimore City Women's Detention Center.

In her spare time, she followed thoroughbred racing at local tracks. She also collected the souvenir glasses sold at the Preakness Stakes, which she regularly attended.

Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Carroll of Pikesville; a brother, Elvis G. Hicks, and a sister, Annye P. McArthur, both of Franklinton; and a grandson. Her marriage to Joseph W. Carroll ended in divorce.

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