OBITUARY

Joseph Edward Vickers

March 19, 1941February 6, 2021
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Joseph Edward (JE) Vickers, 79, was born on the Vickers Farm in 1941 to the late MacDonald and Marie Wells Vickers and passed away at his home on this farm on February 6, 2021. JE was also preceded in death by his brother, Franklin D. Vickers of Charlotte and his step-daughter, Anne Ellis of Saratoga.

He was raised on the Elm City family farm and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served for four years. Afterwards, as a civilian, he began a long career as a truck driver and retired from Reuse Technology in 2006. He loved deer hunting and rabbit hunting with his beloved Beagles. He enjoyed and took pride in the gardens he planted each Spring. JE made sure he had enough vegetables for his freezer and his mother’s freezer as well. Living next door, he faithfully checked on his mother every day until her death in 2003.

JE leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 40 years, Susie Whitley Vickers and two step-sons, Robert Keel (Susan) of Saratoga, NC and James Keel of Wilson. His surviving brothers and sisters are Eugene Vickers (Kiyoko) of San Diego, CA, Harold Vickers (Carolyn) of Harrisburg, NC, Cordell Vickers (Sue) of Clearwater, FL, Jimmy Vickers (Patsy) and Bobby Vickers (Rita), both of Rocky Mount, NC, Truman Vickers (Sandi) of Elm City, NC, Wayne Vickers (Sherry) of Hallsboro, NC, Carolyn Mobley of Rocky Mount, NC, Marian Irish (Terry) of Elm City, NC, Brenda Hart of Lawrenceville, GA, Ann Hammock of Midlothian, VA and Frances Riley (Matt) of Raleigh, NC, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank his special caregivers, Bonnie Virgil, Beverly Capps, Elizabeth Strange, Norma Richardson, and Shekeiya Phillips of Community Hospice Care of Rocky Mount. The family will always be grateful for the care you gave with such great compassion. The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at Thomas- Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Dr. DJ Cauble will officiate. Interment will follow in Stantonsburg Cemetery, Stantonsburg, NC. Due to COVID-19 concerns, mask and social distancing are required.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Dr., Greenville, NC 27834. Cancer.org Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.thomasyelverton.com.

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Marian Vickers-Irish

February 18, 2021

J. E. you were a very special brother to me. You always listened to all I had to say and always seemed to care about me and others. I miss you already. I miss talking with you. I'm so sorry you had to suffer so long and I'm glad you're no longer suffering. Praying we'll all be together again some day in heaven. Love and miss you. Your sister, Marian

Amy Vickers

February 10, 2021

My uncle J.E. was one of a kind! He was a good man and a great guy to have as my uncle. When I was about 4 years old my parents and I went over to visit with my grandmother, who lived next door to uncle J.E. He always kept her garden growing and her grass cut. I liked to play outdoors a lot in those days and decided to go smell the pretty flowers that were planted next to the garden, staying out of J.E.'s way while J.E. cut grass. The flowers were so pretty and I leaned in to get a better look and smell of those flowers! But before I knew it, a bee got tangled up in my hair. (My hairbow also looked like a flower) That bee stung me over and over...J.E. heard me screaming and let go of that lawnmower-in a flash he scooped me up, got rid of the bee, and carried me into the house. J.E. became my hero that day, and as he toted me to the safety of the house, I was surprised to see that the lawnmower was still going on its own and had run itself all the way to the road. From that day forward J.E. was my hero. He would literally drop everything to help someone in distress. That is just how he was. He will be greatly missed!

Patsy Vickers

February 9, 2021

Jimmy Vickers

February 9, 2021

Great memories of fun with brothers!

Patsy Vickers

February 9, 2021

Your family will miss you so much. Rest in Peace, JE.

Patsy Vickers

February 9, 2021

Tracy Bulluck

February 8, 2021

We have the family and friends in our thoughts and prayers, may God bring peace and comfort at this time in our deepest need for your love one.
John and Tracy Bulluck

Evelyn southard

February 8, 2021

So very sorry for your loss Marion and Family.

Robin Tank

February 8, 2021

Uncle J.E. was truly southern born and proud of his service days. He will be missed.

Kelly Vickers

February 7, 2021

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