Hicks was the son of Fred Marvin and Cimmonette Hicks and grew up in Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School, where he served as class president every year. He was also co-captain of his varsity basketball team and was named to the All-Area, All-County, and All-Jaycee tournament teams. His classmates named him "most popular" and "best all-around senior". He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Jacksonville State University where he was also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later became president of the Jacksonville State University National Alumni Association.
Hicks was the chief juvenile probation officer of Blount County for 33 years, once being named Alabama Probation Officer of the Year. He was elected to the Oneonta City Council in 1984, serving one term before he was elected mayor in 1988. He served three terms before he decided not to run for re-election in 2000. Four year later, however, he decided to run again and won a fourth term in 2004 before again opting not to run. During his terms, he worked closely with several local groups, including the Oneonta-Blount County Chamber of Commerce. Before the end of his final term, Hicks arranged for a new municipal complex to be built using existing city funds so that no money was owed when it opened. It was named the Danny B. Hicks Muicipal Complex in his honor just months prior to his death in 2009.
In addition to his duties as an elected official, Hicks served as president of the Oneonta Jaycees and organized its Christmas Basketball Tournament for more than 20 years. He also served on many other boards and committees, including the Hope House Board of Directors, the Oneonta Parks and Recreation Board, and the American Cancer Society’s Golf Tournament and fund drives. He was also a member of First Baptist Church Oneonta.
Hicks succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2009 and was survied by his mother, his son, Dusty, his sister, Sherrie, two brothers, Ricky and Donny, and several nieces and a nephew. He was interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. The Danny B. Hicks Scholarship was established in his honor for deserving Oneonta/Blount County high school students.
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- "Retired Oneonta mayor dies at 58." (May 20, 2009). The Blount Countian. Accessed April 22, 2014.
- Danny B. Hicks at Find A Grave