Mr. Vickers was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Clayton. He is the son of the late Robert H. Vickers Sr. and Maggie Page Vickers. He worked as a manager for a textile mill. He was a 1952 graduate of Rabun County High School where he was a standout football and basketball player. His 78-yard punt was a Georgia high school record that stood for many years. He also attended Young Harris College where he was a member of that school’s junior college national championship basketball team in 1954. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to graduate from Piedmont College in Demorest. He was a member of Tickanetly Primitive Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by: a son, Andrew Steven Vickers; a sister, Jessie Ruth Houck; and half brother, Leon Bleckley.
Survivors include: his wife: Edna Mooney Vickers of Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Jim Murphy of Walhalla, S.C., Angie and Greg Lawless of Cumming, and Mary Vickers of Atlanta; a son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Ashley Vickers of Lawrenceville; five grandchildren, Erin Lawless, Nick Lawless, Ben Murphy, Zeke Vickers and Dawn Brake; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Holland and Bella Holland; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Law of Mountain City and Polly Davenport of Chatsworth.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Tickanetly Primitive Baptist Church near Ellijay with Ed Vickers, Lawrence Mooney and Paul Mooney officiating. Burial followed at Tickanetly Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to Hospice Advantage, 583 Highland Crossing, Ellijay, GA 30540; or to Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church, in care of Paul Mooney Jr., 408 Moonrise Trail, Ellijay GA 30536.
The Clayton Tribune, March 22, 2012