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Bernice Hicks Lenoir

Once a Teller at First Security Bank, Deputy Assessor for the County

By RHONDA L. SHAW Special to the Chronicle

Bernice Hicks Lenoir, 73, who retired from the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement Fund in 2012, and became the first Black teller at First Security Bank in 1963, as well as the first Black woman to work in the executive offices of the Western Electric Co. in Oklahoma City, died on Monday.

Mrs. Lenoir worked, too, as deputy assessor in the Oklahoma County Assessors Office.

A visitation period will be held from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Temple & Sons Funeral Directors, 2801 N. Kelley Ave.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Prospect Baptist Church, 2809 N. Missouri Ave.

Interment will be held at Clearview Cemetery.

Bernice Hicks was born on July 13, 1944, in Bearden to Chester A. and Jessie Mae Hunt Hicks.

She graduated from Douglass High School in 1962 and attended Langston University.

Mrs. Lenoir was a member of the Prospect Baptist Church.

Mrs. Lenoir was married to Garland G. Lenoir Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle Lenoir Gaulding and Nichole Lenoir; and a son, Garland G. Lenoir III....To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper