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Evelyn Lancaster Vickey

Obituary for Evelyn Lancaster Vickey

June 4, 1918 - March 27, 2018
Clemson, South Carolina | Age 99


Evelyn Lancaster Vickery, 99, formerly of Riggs Drive, Clemson, died at her residence at the Cascades in Greenville on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

A daughter of the late Ottis Glenn and Hattie Thornton Lancaster, she was born in Hall County, GA. Evelyn was predeceased in 2006 by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth N. Vickery, a native of Hartwell, GA.

Mrs. Vickery graduated from the University of Georgia and began her teaching career in Tate, Georgia, and later taught in West Point and LaGrange, Georgia. After marriage and moving to Clemson she taught at Keowee High School, Calhoun-Clemson Elementary and Morrison Elementary.

Evelyn enjoyed cooking, traveling, reading, sports, knitting, needlepoint, and playing bridge. She was well known for her excellent cooking which she always shared with family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. Known as Memama, she is remembered for her love for her family, especially for her delight to be with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Vickery, who was a faithful member of the Clemson First Baptist Church and taught children's Sunday School, lived in Clemson from 1946 until moving to Greenville in 2012. During those years she was active in numerous aspects of Clemson University as her late husband, Ken Vickery, was Dean of Admissions. Mrs. Vickery belonged to the Clemson Women's Club, the Clemson Garden Club, several bridge clubs, Keenagers, and golf groups. Her love of sports was very evident as she seldom missed a Clemson football, basketball or baseball game.

Mrs. Vickery is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Cloaninger (Bob) of Greenville and a son, Bob Vickery (Cile) of Easley. Surviving are four grandchildren, Amy Cloaninger Bonnette (Mike) of Lynchburg, VA, Matt Cloaninger of Charleston, SC, Carrie Vickery Meisenheimer (Mike) of Clemson and Beth Ann Vickery Millsaps (Josh) of Seneca and five great-grandchildren: Carson and Laura Bonnette and Copeland, Anna Cile, and Riggs Meisenheimer. She was also predeceased by two sisters: Dot Foster and Lois Basinger.

In addition, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Wassie Vickery of Hartwell, GA and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Saturday March 31, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC with visitation following the service at the church. A private burial will take place prior to the service in Woodland Cemetery (Cemetery Hill) on the campus of Clemson University.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631 or to the charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.

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