R.C. Kiker, 98, of Silsbee passed away Saturday, November 5, 2022 following a brief illness. He was born on December 4, 1923 in Dike,Texas to the late Andrew Jackson Kiker and Nora Burkhart Kiker.
As a young child, the Kiker family relocated to Childress, Tx. and then to Athens Tx. where they worked the family farm. At the age of 16, R.C. decided he had worked the farm long enough. He was going to town to get a "paying" job. Thus his career in radio (and then TV) repair began. In 1945 he met and married his wife, Cassie and soon after moved to Beaumont, TX. A short time later he followed Mr. E. M. Simmons to Silsbee where he worked for over 17 years in his radio and TV repair shop. He then opened his own successful business, "R.C.’s Radio, TV Sales and Service," and it operated for many years in several locations. During this time the couple was blessed with two sons, Bobby and Randy, who would grow up to help their Dad in the business. R.C. and Cassie were married for 65 years before her death in 2010. He was a known figure around Silsbee and most likely worked on just about every TV and radio in Hardin County at some point in time. Over the years R.C. was a faithful member of First Assembly of God in Silsbee. He was also a founding member of New Covenant Assembly of God in Silsbee. For many years, he served as deacon, led praise and worship with his guitar, and taught Sunday school. In his later years, he and his friends would gather for monthly fellowship and good "old fashioned" hymn singing. R.C. loved to visit the sick and give encouragement to those who were in need of a friend. He loved to help his neighbors in any way he could. It was quite an accomplishment for him to still be mowing grass at 98 years old! He loved fishing and taking people on fishing trips. He enjoyed showing people how to bait a hook, cast a line, and catch the big fish. R.C. enjoyed family gatherings. Whether it be a backyard BBQ or fish fry, he enjoyed entertaining and just being around people. In his younger years he was quite the prankster and many stories to tell about the jokes and pranks he pulled on family and friends. He had a great love for children. You can only imagine the joy in his heart when he became a PawPaw! He was a regular handyman that could fix anything and was the first person to call when something wasn’t working properly. His grandchildren often used the phrase “Pawpaw fix it” because that is just what he did! He loved and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. R.C. lived a long, blessed life. He was a blessed man who was an even bigger blessing to his family, friends, and anyone who he happened to meet. He was cherished and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Cassie Kiker; son, Bobby Charles Kiker; and brother, Andrew Paul Kiker.
R.C. is survived by his son, Randy Kiker and wife Lynn; daughter in law, Nancy Kiker; grandchildren, Jonathan Kiker, Andrew Kiker and wife Sheena, Monica Donegan and husband Brian; great grandchildren, Layne David Donegan, Eli Charles Donegan; niece, Paula Braugh and sister-in-law Christine Kiker and numerous other family members and dear friends.