Jack “Al” Vick

Published 3:44 pm Thursday, February 17, 2011

KEYSVILLE, Feb. 17 – Jack Allen “Al” Vick, 58, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 with his family by his side at his home. He was born March 8, 1952 in Portsmouth, the son of the late William Henry and Gladys Roberts Vick. He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife, Magdeline “Maggie” Vick Whitfield; and son, William Russell Vick.

Mr. Vick was well known by his friends and family as “Cowboy Al” because of the love for his horses and many trips out west to ride horseback through the mountains. He served his country proudly in the US Army during the Vietnam Era.

Upon returning home from serving his country, he met the love of his life and they began their journey through life together. They raised their three daughters in Portsmouth where he lived most of his life. In 1991, he found himself on a new journey when he moved his family to a new home in Keysville. This is where he established “Ricochet Ranch” where he enjoyed raising his animals and working for himself.

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Mr. Vick is survived by three daughters, Marie Vick Morgan and husband, Jeff of Rocky Mount, NC, Kelly Vick Carter and husband, Earl of Spring Hope, NC, and his beloved baby girl, Crystal Vick Mitchell and significant other, John Marks of Louisburg, NC; special friend, Donna Whitaker of Keysville; grandchildren whom he adored, Amanda Woodson, Amy Woodson, Preston Carter, James Allen Carter, and Lane Vick (his grandchildren thought he hung the moon!); a special nephew, Bennie Goddard of South Mills, NC; brothers, Billy Vick and wife, Barbara Ann of Chesapeake, and Bruce Vick of Keysville; sister, Linda Wilborn and husband, Rowland of Portsmouth; and many more nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his companions, seven horses, and two dogs-they were like his children.

“Daddy you will be dearly missed and our memories will remain forever in our hearts.”

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, February 19, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the services at the church. A committal service will immediately follow with military honors.

Please send memorials to the National Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org or to the AMVETS National Service Foundation at www.amvetsnsf.org.

The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, Keysville, is in charge of arrangements.