Mrs. Lenora Freedle Vickery, age 87, passed away March 21, 2023 at the Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville.

She was born in Nashville, TN to her parents Edgar Dean Freedle and Ruth Ellen Harper.  Lenora’s grandfather Joseph Gerald Harper was a Methodist circuit rider in the late 1800’s and passed his strong faith to his daughter Ruth and granddaughter Lenora and grandson Shirley Dean Freedle, brother of Lenora.  

Lenora often sat with her Mother at church, turning the pages of the hymnal as Ruth played both the piano and organ for services.  Sunday was a special day in the Freedle household as the family would gather in the afternoons to listen to music and enjoy fellowship.  Her final years were often eased by listening to music.

She was a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Masters in Counseling and Guidance.  Lenora began her career as a physical education teacher in Winfield, AL where she taught swimming to children before starting her first-year teaching.  There she met the love of her life Joe Edd Vickery and married on August 17, 1958.  Although her teaching career began in P.E, she quickly moved into Guidance Counseling for her professional career.  She served over 25 years at several Alabama public high schools and ended her career in Mississippi.  After retiring she traveled extensively with her husband throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Allyson Turnbull (Douglas T. Turnbull, II) of Enterprise, AL; sons, Chris Vickery of Columbus, MS, and Michael Vickery of Starkville, MS; grandson, Douglas T. Turnbull, III; and niece, Elizabeth Freedle.

A graveside service for Mrs. Vickery will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. from the Winfield City Cemetery.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Vickery family.