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Donnie Cree Vickers

October 16, 1934 — June 15, 2022


Donnie Cree Vickers, age 87 of Troy, NC, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  

Donnie was born in Mangham, LA to the late Thomas Cobb Vickers and the late Dora Mae Southall.  Donnie was a retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Army, where he was in the Special Forces as a Green Beret for over 20 years.  Donnie was amongst the first class of Special Forces to graduate from Fort Bragg.  He served with the First and Fifth Special Forces Groups as well as the 101st Airborne.   In addition to his service in the Military, he was a pillar of his community and was the unofficial Mayor of Green Gap.   He went to Jump school in Germany where he met his wife, Hannelore.  Donnie was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Donnie was a member and Deacon of Troy Presbyterian Church.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hannelore Marianne Vickers; granddaughter: Amber Marie Vickers (Zachary Headrick) of Chattanooga TN; great grandchildren: Hannelorre and Daxton; brothers: Gary Vickers (Wanda) of  Lake Jackson, Texas and Felix Vickers (Jo) of  Frederick, Maryland; nephews: Darryl Vickers, Cobb Vickers, and Park Vickers.  He was preceded in death by his son, Hans Vickers.

A visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Pugh Troy Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Troy, NC 27371.  A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Troy Presbyterian Church, 202 E. Main St., Troy, NC, with the Rev. Steve Wilkinson officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Bragg, NC.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pugh Funeral Home - Troy

211 N. Main St., Troy, NC 27371

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Memorial Service

Thursday, June 23, 2022

11:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Troy Presbyterian Church

202 E Main St, Troy, NC 27371

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