Mr. Henry Clinton Wicker, Sr., departed this earthly life on the last train to glory with Jesus, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
He was born to Henry Caviness Wicker and Eloise Levan Wicker on April 16, 1950. He graduated from Northeast Guilford High School and GTCC. He worked at Lorillard Tobacco Company as a tinsmith for 32 years until he retired. He served as shop steward of the Local 317 Tobacco Workers Union and took pride in negotiating new contracts. He also served as a board member of the Lorillard Federal Credit Union. After his retirement he joined his wife to help run and manage Nancy’s restaurant which they co-owned. He looked forward to Christmas Eve every year when he got to wear his Santa Claus suit and visit with families during breakfast with Santa. He never met a stranger and made many life long friends, whom he also considered his family. He was an active member in his community, he volunteered as a coach and umpire for his children's athletic teams, and worked with the Athletic Boosters club when they were in school. As his children married and his grandchildren arrived, he became their number 1 fan and supporter. If they had a vested interest in something then he did to. He took pride in attending their games, band concerts, plays, and field trips. He also served as the grandparent taxi service and made sure he was available to pick them up at a moment's notice and always took them to get whatever they wanted to eat before he took them home. He wore a t-shirt that summed up his life as a grandpa very well. It said, “Grandpas my name, and spoiling is my game.” He was very proud of the most recent addition to his family, great grandson Holden. He was making plans to be able to dress as Santa Claus for him and ride him around on his Kubota decorated like a sleigh. He spent his entire life serving, loving, and giving to others. He was known by friends as a gentle giant and a second dad to many friends who were “adopted” family. He was a member of Revolution Masonic Lodge #552 and the Greensboro Oasis Shrine Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eloise Wicker; father and mother-in-law, Woodrow and Myrtle Wyrick; sisters-in-law, Linda Garner, Joann Souther, and Ruby Wicker; brothers-in-law, Jack Garner Sr, Tommy Clark, and Tommy Wyrick.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Wicker of the home; his children, Henry Clinton Wicker Jr, Karen “Katie” Howell (Brian), Brian Wicker (Vandala); grandchildren Katelyn Howell, Meagan Hagwood (Tyler), Courtney Wicker and fiancé Landon Shaw, Noah Howell, Emma Wicker, Charlotte Wicker and Luke Lacefield; great grandson, Holden Hagwood; brother Robert Wicker Sr (Sheila); brother-in-law Eddie Souther Sr; sister-in-law, Alice Clark; sister-in-law, Jean Combs (Dale); many nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion, Millie.
A Celebration Of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at McLeansville Baptist Church of which he was a long time member, with burial to follow at Lakeview Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church.
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Acts 20:35 - In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
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