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Merritt Island, FL
Our precious father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Jimmie Vickers, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. We are certain that dad and mom are praising and worshiping Jesus together forever more.
Jimmie was born on April 23, 1925 in Thomasville, Alabama, to Arlie E. and Lettie V Vickers. They soon moved to Ocala, Florida where he was raised. He served in the United States Navy during WWII aboard a PT Boat. He was a proud graduate of the University of Florida and a huge Gator football fan. He was a member of the Merritt Island Rotary Club, where he has served as President and Secretary and until recently, had a perfect attendance. He loved watching his Gators on tv and when the season was over, he'd say, "Well, we have to wait six more months till next season." Jimmie was the owner of Jimmie Vickers Jeep, on beautiful Merritt Island for over forty years.
Dad met and married the love of his life and best friend, Betty in Tampa, Florida. They moved to Cocoa in 1950, then to Merritt Island where they lived and raised their children, Diane (Ron) Oliver, Patricia Vickers and Buddy (Karen) Vickers.
He is survived by grandchildren, Ron Oliver, Jr., Tina (Alex) Karwat, Chad (Joni) Vickers, Micah Vickers, Sean (Michelle) Case, Tiffany Case; ten great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Vickers; daughter, Patricia Vickers; twin sister, Jane Pruitt; brother, Gene Vickers; and parents, Arlie and Lettie Vickers.
Jimmie was a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of First Baptist Church, Merritt Island.
Services will be Saturday, April 20, with visitation at 10 AM and a celebration of life at 11 AM, at First Baptist Church, Merritt Island main sanctuary. A graveside service at 3:30 PM at Florida Memorial Gardens, S. US1, Rockledge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alternative Pregnancy Center or The House of Hope, 140 Magnolia Avenue, Merritt Island, Florida.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 19, 2013