Mr. Speaker, it is with heavy heart that I rise today to honor the life and memory of my friend, Dr. Buddy Hicks of Kingwood, Texas, who passed away Sunday while delivering a sermon at Pipeline Church in Humble, Texas. 

This is a photograph of Buddy and his wife, Carolyn, and their grandson, Cole. Buddy was doing what he loved to do until the very moment that the good Lord called him home. The Lord called him home right in the middle of his sermon. 

For nearly 30 years, Buddy has faithfully and tenaciously ministered to congregations throughout the great State of Texas. He was a man of God, always had a smile, never met a stranger. He spent his life spreading the gospel to communities throughout Texas and bringing other followers to fellowship with each other. 

Buddy was a member of my pastors’ roundtable, an organization that he organized that had religious leaders from all faiths come together to work together in our community. 

I leaned on him for prayer and guidance. I have a great deal of appreciation for Buddy and his dedication to church and the Humble-area community. He will be sorely missed. 

My prayers are with his wife, Carolyn; their three children, Angela, Shari, and Trey—Trey worked for me here in Congress—and our prayers also go to his two grandchildren, Cole and Zoe, for they will miss their Pops

2 Timothy 4:7 recites Buddy’s life to a tee: ‘‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’’

And that is just the way it is.