Dr. Samuel Ausborn Vickery, age 84, of Commerce, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Dr. Vickery was the son of the late Vernon and Mabel Vickery. He was preceded in death by an older brother, James, who was killed at 16 years of age.
Dr. Vickery graduated from Commerce High School, where he played football, in 1946. He attended Berry College, where he met Barbara Grace Abernathy, who became his wife. After graduation, Dr. Vickery taught school in Blackshear, then moved back to Commerce, where he taught science, coached football, and eventually became principal of Commerce High School.
Dr. Vickery almost completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Georgia
in 1961. He did his rotating internship in Rome, Ga., then returned to Commerce to practice medicine. He delivered over 3000 babies, finally retiring at age 79 after practicing medicine in Commerce for 41 years. He treated and touched the lives of thousands of people.
An active member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church, Dr. Vickery was a Sunday school teacher, a lay minister, and was active in the administrative board. He participated in numerous medical missions to Jamaica and Trinity and Tobago, among others. He was also active in the Commerce Lions Club and the Gideons.
Survivors include his daughters, Gwen V. (Ken Lott) Morgan, M.D., and Melanie V. (Dr. Chris) Stanley, both of Cordele; son, Ricky (Becky) Vickery, of Commerce; brother, Allen Vickery, of Commerce; sister, Winona Bridges, of Kings Mountain, N.C.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-grandsons, and one step-granddaughter.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Ivie Funeral Home, in Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Commerce First United Methodist Church, with Dr. David Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson Memorial Park.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of the arrangements.