Breckenridge-Floyd Ray Vick, 75, passed from this life Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Stephenville at Oakwood Assisted Living. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today, May 10, in the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Mr. Vick was born in Stephens County Aug. 24, 1938, the only son of Floyd and Maude Vick. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1956. He attended Cisco Jr. College. He married Bettye Jeanine Cook on May 23, 1958 at Caddo Baptist Church. They had three children.
Mr. Vick was a lifetime Rancher in Stephens County. He enjoyed the cowboy life and all it had to offer. He was an accomplished cattleman, farmer and horseman. He competed in rodeos in calf roping and team roping competitions, as well as, showing horses and cutting horse events. He served on the ASCS Board of Directors, Federal Land Bank Board of Directors, BISD School Board, Junior Livestock Board, Stephens County Ag Building Board and Stephens County Ranch Rodeo Association. He was a very active 4-H Adult Leader. Served on Jr. Rodeo Board for 40 years, which he took great pride in. Adult leader for Horse Club, 4-H Clubs, Jr. Livestock Show. He also coached little league baseball.
He organized and started Stephens County Ranch Rodeo Association in the 1970s and was an active member in Stephens County Roping Club in the late 1950s and 1960s. He truly enjoyed helping young cowboys and cowgirls learn how to rope and ride. His arena was always open to anyone wanting to learn how to rope and ride, no matter what your age. He received the Ag Citizen Award for Stephens County several times. He was a member of First Baptist Church Breckenridge. Our Dad and Papa fought a tough battle with heart disease after a massive stroke and heart attack April 11, 2007. He survived seven more years with everyday being a challenge. He is the strongest man we have ever known and such an inspiration to us all.
He is survived by his daughter, Tami Vick Stone and son-in-law, Phillip Stone of Brock; Daughter Pam Vick of Oregon; Daughter-in-law Julie Vick Calkins of Breckenridge; Grandchildren — “His Pride and Joy”—Micah Chandler and husband Brady of Lipan, Marka Genz and husband Brad of Brock, Blaine Vick of Dublin and Blair Vick of Breckenridge; Great-grandchildren and carrying his namesake, Channing “Raye” Chandler and Kelton “Floyd” Lee Genz. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years,Bettye Cook Vick. His son, Floyd Ray Vick Jr. “Button”; and his parents Floyd and Maude Vick.
We would like to give a very special thanks to his caregivers - Katie Suber, Gina Tucker and other special ladies through the years that gave Dad a very well cared for life. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.