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Robert S. Vickery, "Bob", age 93, widower of Gladys D. Vickery, passed away Friday morning at the Wayne County Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his mother and fatherAla "Shearer" and Ike Vickery; one brotherHarold Vickery; and his beloved wife of 64 yearsGladys Dalton Vickery.
He is survived by two sistersVivian V. Todd and Imogene Vickery of Lexington; four childrenDan (Kathy) and Paul Vickery of Monticello, Ann Vickery of Bowling Green, and Jane (Mike) Brown of Columbia, Tenn.; three grandchildrenDarran (Melissa S.) and Derrick (Amber N.) Vickery of Monticello, and Laura Neyman of Columbia, Tenn.; six great-grandchildrenBen, Luke, and Allie Vickery, and Kaden and Karson
Vickery of Monticello, and Lily Neyman of Columbia, Tenn.
He was a life-long promoter of all things Wayne County: 4-H Club, FFA, Wayne County High School Varsity Basketball Player, and Sports Hall of Fame member.
He served three years in the U.S. Navy, and SeaBees in Alaska and the South Pacific.
He operated the family farm upon his return from military service.
In the early 1950's he promoted feeder pig sales at the Clinton County Stockyards.
In 1952 he organized the first farmer centered feeder calf sales which became the Kentucky Feeder Calf Association which then became the Kentucky Beef Cattle Association.
He was a member of the KBCA from 1952-present, vice president of the KBCA Feeder Calf Division 80-82, President of KBCA 86-87, a member of the KBCA Hall of Fame, National Cattlemen Association Director 84-88, and on the Board of Directors Beef Promotion and Research Board 87-89.
He received awards and recognition for farm testing of Ralgro and Tramiso, Vitamin A testing for pinkeye, KBCA Commercial Producer of the Year 1984, Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award 1984, Wayne County Conservation District Forage Management 1985, and Outstanding Service to KBCA 1985.
He was a lifelong member of the Shearer Valley Church of Christ where he was a Sunday school teacher, song leader, and shared in the minister duties.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Wayne County Museum from 2008-2017 and was a member of the Board of Directors for First Southern National Bank from 1985 to present.
His life's motto was, "You can get a lot done, if you don't care who gets the credit." He accomplished much, but made others better than they thought they were.
He was respected and loved by many and will be missed.
Rest in Peace, you have earned it.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Harlan Ogle and Darren Vickery officiating.
Burial was in the Shearer Valley Cemetery.
Full military honors were performed by our local DAV Chapter 105.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to: Shearer Valley Cemetery Fund or the Wayne County Museum
Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Published on January 2, 2018
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