Shirley Anne Webster Wicker

Published 3:13 pm Friday, May 5, 2023

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Shirley Anne Webster Wicker

Mrs. Shirley Anne Webster Wicker, 84, of Dogwood Lane, Mocksville, entered her Heavenly home on Monday, May 1, 2023.

She was born on June 3, 1938, in Washington, D.C, to the late Lonnie and Lillian Mae Evans Webster. The second oldest of eight children, her mother described her as her right arm and her younger siblings called her mom. She grew up in Sanford, N.C. and met the love of her life, Carl Wicker, in high school. Directly after they were married in 1956, they moved to Little Rock, Ark. where Carl served proudly in the Air Force. Shirley was gracious and flexible as the couple moved 20 times during their marriage before building a home and finding their favorite community in Mocksville in 1979.

Shirley was involved in church from the age of 13 and grew in her walk with the Lord throughout her life. Carl and Shirley were active members of the Methodist Church throughout their marriage. The First United Methodist Church in Mocksville was their home church for 35 years, and they often participated in the music activities of the church.

Shirley had a lovely voice and was a vital part of the family band, The Wicker Pickers, which included Carl on banjo, their three sons, Daniel on guitar, Ronald on bass, and their youngest son, Leslie, on mandolin. They played Bluegrass, Folk, and Gospel through the 1970s.

Always intelligent and personable, Shirley put her skills to use as she and husband Carl became owners of the Western Auto store in Mocksville in 1979. The couple endeared themselves to the Mocksville community for 12 successful years until they retired. It was then Shirley learned to play guitar and she and Carl began performing together as the Wicker Pickers Duo. Shirley focused on writing her own songs, 20 of which are copyrighted and cataloged in the library of congress. She sang, played, and recorded many of her original songs. They considered it their ministry to entertain for area rest homes at which they performed 155 times. During their retirement years she enjoyed extensive traveling by RV, enjoying winter trips to Florida, where they often performed their music to welcoming crowds. Carl was a private pilot and they both enjoyed flying around the state. Shirley was actively involved with the Davie County Arts Council for four years, and served as 2nd year secretary, 3rd year vice president, and 4th year president. This was only one example of a life of service to her communities. Shirley was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a loving and devoted wife for 66 years to Carl, who loved to call her his Southern Belle. Her love and trust of God carried her through her five-year battle with cancer. This period deepened her relationship with Jesus, and she knew He would provide for her needs until the end. Shirley was known throughout her life for her soft personality and gentle Spirit. Shirley demonstrated a Christlike selflessness in every aspect of her life. Of all her many accomplishments, she was most proud of being a wife and mother and grandmother to her precious grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Bobby Webster and Tommy Webster.

Survivors include: her husband, Carl Dewey Wicker; 3 sons, Daniel Wicker (Cathy) of Stony Point, Ronald Wicker (Olene) of Harmony, and Leslie Wicker (Genia) of Candler; 7 grandchildren, Tristan (Rachel), Sadie, Lindsay, Kate, Luke, Kayla, and Paige; a step-grandchild, Amber; 2 sisters, Vickie Strickland and Mary Jo Hargrove (Wayne); 3 brothers, Donnie Webster (Heidi), David Webster and Richard Webster;, David Webster (Heidi) and Richard Webster; and many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life service will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for First United Methodist Church, 310 N. Main Street, Mocksville, NC 27028.

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