Novella Elizabeth Jackson Vickers
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Novella Elizabeth Jackson Vickers, 91, a longtime resident of Carbon Hill, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Kilgore- Green Chapel. Burial will follow at Walker Memory Gardens. The Rev. Scott McCullar of First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill will officiate. Kilgore-Green Funeral Home will direct.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1921, the second eldest of the ten children of the late Claude and Della Keeton Jackson. She grew up on a farm in a large family during the Great Depression.

Married for nearly 50 years, she was the widow of Convis Perry Vickers. She also was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Natalee Lauren Vickers, and her sister, Claudell Jackson Shippey.

She was a 1939 graduate of Carbon Hill High School, a 1949 graduate of Walker College, and a 1954 graduate of Howard College (Samford Univeristy). She was the alto in a traveling college quartet.

She had a strong commitment to teaching, beginning her career in a small two-teacher school, Oak Grove, near Nauvoo. She taught at Prospect Junior High and she spent 38 years as a teacher at Carbon Hill High School. She spent most of her time at Carbon Hill High School teaching her favorite subject, English. She served as the Carbon Hill Beta Club Sponsor, Walker County Beta Sponsor and Senior Sponsor. She loved poetry, often quoting verses to her family and friends. She taught Adult Education for 25 years through Wallace State and Bevill State College, teaching English and non-readers to read. She retired from teaching at the age of 83. She considered it a privilege and honor to have worked with some of Walker County's finest students.

She was baptized in Black Water Creek when she was 15 and she became a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. In 1966 she became a member of Carbon Hill Baptist Church. She served as a Sunday School teacher.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved being with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Perry Don and Paula Vickers; her grandson and his wife, Bradley Perry and Suzanne Vickers; and two great-grandsons, Maddox Perry Vickers and Bennett Charlie Vickers. She is also survived by eight of her brothers and sisters, Alene Jackson Deaver of Bagley, Janie Jackson Sanders of Plant City, Fla., Vernon Jackson of Nauvoo, Elga Jackson Atkins (Wallace) of Nauvoo, Bill Jackson (Dean) of Nashville, Tenn., Audie Jackson Davis (Morris) of Carbon Hill, Jim Jackson of Taylor, Mich., and Charles Jackson ( Karen) of Killen.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Gerald Atkins, John Davis, James Davis, Tommy Deaver, Randy Deaver and Teddy Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be her former students.

The family would like to express thanks to the loving care provided by the staff of The Terrace and Ridgeview Health Services.

Memorial donations may be made to Carbon Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 1005, Carbon Hill, Alabama 35549.

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503