Rev. Dr. William Vick

Rev. Dr. William Richard Vick

Tuesday, February 13th, 1934 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Rev. Dr. Richard Vick-age 86 of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Maynardville passed away 4:15 P.M. Monday, June 22, 2020 at Life Path Hospice in Florida. He was born February 13, 1934 the son of the late Homer and Lena (Hall) Vick. Preceded in death by wife of 47 years, Dr. Joyce Gaye (Pickens) Vick; grandchildren, Amy, Kathryn and Levi. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War serving October, 1951-January, 1955.

Survivors include children, Vicki Lynn (Barry) Rumsey, Janice Carol (John) Ramsey, Joe Richard (Kathy) Vick, Rebecca Sue (David) Metts, Jeffry Scott Vick; 17 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren. Wife, Florine Watts Vick.

Dr. Vick was the pastor/founder of Nolensville Road Baptist Church, Nashville 1960-1964; Missionary to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1964-1975; founded Bole Road Baptist Church; missionary to Stavanger, Norway 1975-1977; Pastor of First Baptist Church, Atwater, Ohio 1977-1978; Mission representative of Baptist Evangelistic Missionary Association, Akron, Ohio 1979-1985; founder of NABMA/BIO (North American Baptist Missionary Association) in Savannah, Georgia, Lenoir City where the name was changed to Baptist International Outreach, Maynardville and Jefferson City, Tennessee. Retired from active ministry in 2005.

Along the way he taught missions in Bible Colleges (BBC, Midwestern and Crown) and was a friend, influencer and mentor to pastors and missionaries in the USA, Ethiopia and around the world. He was and is known for his love of Ethiopia (because of his love of Ethiopians), his love of preachers and missionaries and his well-loved, often used, catch phrase, “GOD LOVES PEOPLE”.

The family will receive friends 5-7 P.M. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church, 118 Colossians Court, Jefferson City, TN 37760, with funeral service to follow at 7 P.M. Tuesday, Rev. Mark Campbell, Rev. Eric Vick, Rev. Joe Vick, Dr. John Yingling, Dr. Barry Rumsey officiating with congregational music. A private interment will be held 10 A.M. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Pleasant View Cemetery, Maynardville with Rev. Major Joshua Rumsey officiating. Military graveside honors will be presented Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Faith Baptist Church
    118 Colosians Court
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 7:00pm
    Faith Baptist Church
    118 Colosians Court
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Mark Campbell, Rev. Eric Vick, Rev. Joe Vick, Dr. John Yingling and Dr. Barry Rumsey officiating.
  • Interment

    Pleasant View Cemetery
    Highway 61 East
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    Rev. Major joshua Runsey will officiating the graveside service with military honors presented by Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard.


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Posted at 09:25am
With deepest sympathy. Worth Baptist Church, Pastor and Mrs. Tyler Gillit, Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Barber, Pastor and Mrs. Willie Weaver.
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Chris & Lucinda Radebaugh

Posted at 02:30pm
To Dr Vick Family, We want you to know how much we appreciated your Dad and Mom. They were two of our heroes in the faith. You are in our prayers.
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Rich Zawadzki

Posted at 04:52pm
“God Loves People.” - Dr. Richard Vick

I have been blessed to lead Loomis Park Baptist Church in 10 Missions Conferences with a wonderful guest speaker each year.
In my heart, I can honestly say that, “2015 with Dr. Vick is still the most memorable.”


When I was a student at Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, MI in 1999, Dr. Vick had just founded Baptist International Outreach (BIO) and he and his 1st wife, Joyce (who would later succumb to brain cancer), at the request of Dr. Tom Malone Sr., held a Missions week at Midwestern; and I made a commitment to the Lord, that “If God would ever let me Pastor a Church, that I would have Dr. Vick come and do a Missions Conference.”

Fast forward:

In September of 2009, I accepted the call to be the Senior Pastor of Loomis Park Baptist Church in Jackson, MI.

In early 2015, I got ahold of Dr. Vick and asked him to come, and he said, “You know I’m 80 don’t ya brother?” to which I laughed, and told him of my commitment 16 years before, to which he said he would come.

I work Missions Conference speakers pretty hard, scheduling them to preach up to 12 times in 7 days of services. I was not made aware, until he arrived (by his 2nd wife, Mrs. Florine), that Dr. Vick was suffering from the early stages of dementia. I was initially very troubled by this, but the Lord gave me peace that He was in control, and that He withheld that fact from me, so that I would keep my commitment and still have Dr. Vick come and preach.

He preached the Word of God with energy and emphasis. He got stuck and repeated himself a few times, but in the midst of his dementia, he reminded us over and over of the most central truth of Christianity, Missions and of Life, namely that, “God Loves People.” - Dr. Richard Vick

Rest easy old soldier!

Your friend,

Dr. Rich Zawadzki- Senior Pastor
Loomis Park Baptist Church
Jackson, MI

Jeff Watts

Posted at 06:33pm
RICHARD will be missed by our entire family and especially Florine. The last 6 months have been very tough on all involved but we now know that Richard is in his heavenly HOME. Life at HOME was all Richard wanted in the end, which was to be with his loving wife, Florine. Almost 20 years of love for each other went by fast. Because of Richard, Mom was able to experience his love of Ethiopia and his ministry with BIO. Thanks to the folks at BIO for taking care of the Vicks.



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