13 October 1882Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama, United States


19 October 1992Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States



Mertie Hicks

Mertie L. Hicks (née Brown) was an American supercentenarian who was the oldest woman in Alabama upon her death. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Hicks was born as Mertie L. Brown in Muscadine, Alabama as the second child of Obediah and Nancy Brown. She had at least three siblings – Homer, Milton, and Maude. She also had two older half-siblings – William and Nancy – from her father’s previous marriage.

Hicks was married at 14, on 20 January 1897, to Sam Hornsby. Her age was inflated to 18 in her marriage record. The couple divorced in 1901 without having any children. On 27 June 1929, she remarried to Mose Hicks, a man 23 years her senior, and was living in Tallapoosa, Georgia at the time. They also had no children.

Hicks died in Montgomery, Alabama on 19 October 1992, six days after her 110th birthday. She was survived by several nieces and nephews.

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Hicks was reported in the Alabama Journal on her 100th birthday, and received a letter from the mayor’s office to mark the occasion. No other articles about her are known to exist.

Hicks’ age was verified by the SSA Study and the Kestenbaum Study, and validated by the GRG on 6 June 2003.