Vicki S. Dwinell

January 20, 1948March 2, 2013

Statesboro, Ga.

Vicki Sharon Dwinell passed into the presence of her Lord Jesus on March 2, 2013 under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was born at the Charleston, SC Naval Hospital to George Fredrick and Eulene Ellis Dwinell on January 20, 1948. She spent her early years traveling with her parents across the United States and several Pacific Islands where her father, a career Navy Chief Petty Officer, was stationed. She was preceded in death by her father and by a sister, Crysta Dwinell Lavender.

Vicki came to know the Lord at the age of seven and has faithfully served Him in churches in Guam, Honolulu, and lastly at the First Baptist Church in Statesboro. Her favorite service to her Lord was singing in the Celebration Choir and crocheting for Caring Threads, a ministry of her church. She was a graduate of Marvin Pittman High and Tift College, Forsyth, Georgia. She also did graduate work at University of Georgia and obtained an EDS from Georgia Southern University. She retired after thirty- plus years of teaching, the major part of which she taught at Bryan County High School. It was there that she was selected as STAR teacher on two occasions.

Miss Dwinell is survived by her mother and step-father, Rusty and Ford Bailey; a niece, Jennifer Lavender of Statesboro; a great nephew and niece, Casey and Catelyn Pfleger, one step-sister, and her children, Laura Bailey Lower, Daniel, and Anna Lower of New Zealand, and a step brother, Andrew Bailey of Atlanta. A special friend and traveling companion, Shirley Helmly also survives.

Visitation will be held Monday from 3:00 until 4:00 P.M. in The Averitt Room of the Statesboro First Baptist Church.

The funeral service will be held Monday at 4:00 P.M. at the Statesboro First Baptist Church with Dr. John Waters officiating, assisted by Rev. Bill Coen and Susan Allen.

Cousins and her brother-in-law, Cmdr. R.M. Lavender will serve as pallbearers.

Remembrances may be made to Statesboro First Baptist Church. 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, Ga. 30458 or to the Gideons, P.O. Box 994, Statesboro, Ga. 30459 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.



  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2013


  • Interment

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Patricia Sherrod

March 10, 2013

Prayers going out to the family. She was awonderful and sweet lady and a wonderful teacher. She will be missed. RIP Miss Vickie.

March 8, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Vicki's passing. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

With deepest sympathy,
Mike and Alice Backus

Carolyn Compton

March 5, 2013

I worked through several English classes with Vicki at Tift College. What an amazing, talented woman! I will always remember her vibrant personality, her ever-present smile, and her passion for life. I look forward to seeing her again in Glory.
I'm praying comfort and joyous memories for her family.
Carolyn Dean Compton, Tift '71

Chris Lawson

March 5, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Vicki's family at this time. I truely enjoyed teaching with Vicki at Bryan County High School for many years. Her faith was an inspiration to all that knew her. After reading the posts on this site from her friends, parents of former students, and, most importantly,her former is obvious that her efforts as an educator, talents as a teacher and her dovation to her students will live on for many many years! RIP Vicki you are and will be missed. You are now free to travel to all of those wonderful places you made come alive to your students through literature and to the places you yourself dreamed of someday visiting. Happy travels Vicki.....until we meet again!

LaQuita Denson

March 5, 2013

It was a blessing to work with Ms. Dwinell for so many years. It was also great to work with her mom has well. They are both angels.

Peggy Hindsman

March 4, 2013

Not only were Vickie and I graduates of Tift College in '70 but we also sang and toured in Lee Collins' choir together, shared Dr. Sullivan's English classes together, and she was one of my bride's maids in June of 1970. My prayers go out to her family.

Bonnie Gay

March 4, 2013

Vicki was a very special person. I will always remember her. Rest in peace Vicki you deserve it. God Bless you Rusty and Ford. I pray that God would put his arms around you and hold you close.

Pat Reagan

March 4, 2013

So sorry to hear of the passing of another amazing Tift Girl - may her family find comfort in their fond memories of her.

March 4, 2013

"Vicki and I graduated from Tift College together. Thoughts and prayers going out to the family!" Jane Cox Montjoy (Jonesboro, GA)

Ramona Mobley

March 4, 2013

I was also a classmate of Vicki's in the Tift College class of '70. I pray that God's grace and comfort will now surround her family and friends.