Early Columbus Vickery (1874-1965)

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Early Columbus Vickery
Sex: Male
Birth: April 23, 1874
near Hartwell, Hart County, Georgia
Death: September 19, 1965
in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Burial: Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery,
Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
Father: William Edward Vickery
Mother: Martha Ann Powell
Spouse/Partner: Donie Inez McCurley
Marriage: September 21, 1902
in Hart County, Georgia

         Early Columbus "Earl" Vickery was among the oldest children of William "Eddie" Vickery and Martha Ann Powell. He was born near Hartwell, GA. It is said that around 1887, the family moved to Marion Co., AL, but Eddie moved back to Hartwell after Martha's death. Then, between 1903 and 1905, Earl moved back to Marion Co. with his inlaws. My grandmother said they took a wagon and made the trip, usually spending the nights at local churches along the route. It took several weeks.

         Earl took up farming and also became a deputy sheriff. Most notable among his policing duties was the removal of moonshine stills. At first, he brought them in intact, but began to suspect that these same stills were returning. He then began destroying the stills with an ax before bringing them in. He is said to have remarked that there was no guideline as to what condition the still should be brought in. This activity was bound to be unpopular, and my grandmother said occasionally people would drive by their home, chant "Hang Earl Vickery from a sour apple tree" and shoot out the tires of his car.

         Amazingly, Earl Vickery lived to be an old man. My mother remembered him using his cane to shift a cat's tail to where it would catch on fire. Panicked, the cat tore through their house. Earl laughed as it ran around in a panic. Finally, he had to be moved to a nursing home near some of his children. There he died at the ripe old age of 91. My sister has an old rocking chair is supposed to have been his.


Name Birth Death
Children of Early Columbus Vickery and Donie Inez McCurley

Willie May Vickery August 22, 1903
near Hartwell, Hart County, Georgia
October 5, 1974
Adamsville or Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama

Lenora Vickery October 3, 1905
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
December 9, 2001

Marie Dellarie Vickery August 27, 1907
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
July 11, 2003
Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida

Veto Early Vickery March 14, 1909
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
April 1, 1996
Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Lonnie Elsie Vickery January 2, 1911
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
November 21, 2001
Warren, Macomb County, Michigan

Clyde Colombus/Gentry Vickery July 31, 1915
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
July 10, 1994
Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan

Oscar Miles Vickery August 14, 1918
near Hodges, Marion County, Alabama
January 29, 2004
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

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  • Anderson, Julia Wittichen. Personal memories.
    • International Genealogical Index
    • Social Security Death Index
  • Powell, Frank Owen. The Heritage of William Powell and Sally Riddle and Associated Powell Families. Birmingham, AL: 1991.
  • Vickery, Earl Columbus. Tombstone picture from Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Weldon, Dr. William Vickery. Collection of genealogy research documents. [probably needs to be fleshed out]
  • Wittichen, Ivy Vickery. Personal memories.

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