Our History

Rector-Hicks Funeral Home was founded in 1886 as W.S. Rector and Sons. The funeral home emerged as a branch of the furniture store operated by the Rector Family. The funeral home co-existed in the same building at 111 Main Street until 1959 when they closed the furniture store to make room for the increasing demand of the funeral home. Upon the death of W.S. Rector, his sons Carroll and Donald operated the funeral home until 1965 as Rector Funeral Chapel. It was then sold to Weeks Funeral Home of Warsaw, New York in 1966. Weeks then sold the business in 1968 to Frank Hicks, who changed the name to Rector-Hicks Funeral Home. He sold the business in 1988 to his son F. Scott Hicks. The funeral home is independently owned and operated by the Hicks Family, and has been since 1968. Rector-Hicks Funeral Home is a proud member of the National Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Rochester/Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, and the Livingston County Funeral Directors Association. We are also members of the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Geneseo Corporate and Business Partners, Association for the Preservation of Geneseo, the Livingston County Historical Society located in Geneseo and the Geneseo Merchants Association.

Staff Biographies

Frank T. Hicks

Frank T. Hicks was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Cullman High School in Cullman, Alabama in 1950. He served four years in the US Navy as a Gunners Mate. He married Beatrice Scott of Stottville, New York on July 2, 1955. He then graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York in 1955. He was employed by Bates and Anderson Funeral Home in Hudson, New York for thirteen years. In 1968 he purchased the then Rector-Funeral Chapel in Geneseo, New York. He was the licensed manager for twenty years, changing the name to the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in 1968. Frank remains “semi” retired and spends the winter months in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina with his wife Bea. They have three children, Scott (Cindy) Hicks of Geneseo, Allyson (Dave) Newbold of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Tonyia Sharp of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and six grandchildren.  Frank is a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis Club where he served as President from 1973-1974. He is a member and former Vestry of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Geneseo, Past President of the Livingston County Funeral Directors Association, former Vice President and current member of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, Past President and current member of the Fingerlakes Crematory Board of Directors, and member of the Livingston Country Club where he served on its Board of Directors. He is a member of Litchfield Country Club in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. In May of 2009 Frank was presented the prestigious lifetime achievement award by the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association. In August of 2010 the Geneseo Kiwanis Club presented Frank with the George Hixson Award, the highest honor in Kiwanis. 

F. Scott Hicks

F. Scott Hicks as born in Hudson, NY. He is the licensed manager of Rector-Hicks Funeral Home. Scott graduated from Geneseo Central School in 1975. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York in September of 1979. Scott has been employed at the funeral home since graduation, having taken over as licensed manager in January of 1988. He married Cynthia Robinson of Geneseo in July of 1981. They have two grown children, Derek and Linsey Hicks. Scott and Cindy reside in the village of Geneseo and are members of St. Mary's Church. Scott serves as the President of the Livingston County Funeral Directors Association, Board Member of the Temple Hill Cemetery Association, and is a member of the Fingerlakes Crematory Board of Directors. He is a member of Livingston Country Club and  Past President of their Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Livingston County Hospice Advisory Board and the Tri-County Family Medicine Board of Directors. Scott also volunteers for the Geneseo/Groveland Food Pantry

Derek S. Hicks

Derek S. Hicks was born in Rochester, NY. He is a 2002 graduate of Geneseo Central School and a 2006 graduate of Elmira College in Elmira, NY. Derek graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY in August of 2010 after having been employed at Telluride Ski & Snowboard School in Telluride, Colorado as well as RIGS Fly Shop and Guide Service in Ridgway, Colorado for two years. He received his New York State Funeral Director’s License in November of 2011. Derek resides in Geneseo and is a member of St. Luke’s Parish in Geneseo. He is a member of the Livingston County Funeral Director’s Association; Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Director’s Association and is a Board Member of the Temple Hill Cemetery Association in Geneseo. He is also a member of Livingston Country Club in Geneseo.