06/20/04 — VICKIE T. IVEY

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PIKEVILLE -- Vickie Thompson Ivey, 50, joined the heavenly choir on June 18, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She showed exceptional strength and strong faith in God during her illness. Vickie was an inspiration to everyone who knew and loved her. She will be lovingly missed by the many friends and loved ones whose lives she touched in very special ways.

Vickie was born in Lumberton, N.C., on August 14, 1953. She was a graduate of Rosewood High School in 1971 and North Carolina State University in 1975 with a degree in Math Education. She received her Master's Degree in Middle School Education in 1991 from East Carolina University. Vickie taught math at Brogden Middle School for twenty-two years and at Selma Middle School for six years. The Selma Middle School 2004 Yearbook was dedicated to Vickie in honor of her outstanding commitment to teaching excellence. Vickie was an inspiration to her students and fellow teaching professionals.

The family received friends on Saturday, June 19, 2004, from 7 until 9 p.m. at Wilson First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2000 Ruann Drive, Wilson, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at the Church on Sunday, June 20, 2004, at 3 p.m. Interment, will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Fremont.

Vickie leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband, James (Jim) E. Ivey; brother, Lester (Tommy) H. Thompson and wife, Annie, of Raleigh; sister, Rose T. Skipper and husband, Gene, of St. Paul; nieces, Casey and Robin Thompson of Raleigh; mother-in-law, Myrtle Ivey of Fremont; and numerous extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Barbara Thompson, and father-in-law, James Ivey.

Vickie will be remembered for the sunshine and laughter that she brought into everyone's life. She had a beautiful voice and was a gifted pianist. She used her talents to praise and exalt God. Even during her illness, she continued to sing and drew comfort from songs of inspiration.

The family wishes to thank everyone for the many kindnesses and expressions of concern and love shown to them during this time. In words attributed to Helen Keller, "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, Wilson (252) 237-7171.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on June 20, 2004 10:14 AM