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Lt. Col. Paul Julian Wicker (USAF, Retired)

Services Will Be Held At A Later Date

Lt. Col. Paul Julian Wicker (USAF, Retired) passed away on January 27, 2024 at the age of 89. 

He was a native of Cameron, NC and the son of Walter and Mary Wicker.  He had been a resident of Newport News for nearly 50 years.  He was a graduate of Cameron High School as well as NC State University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and received a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming.  He was a North Carolina Registered Professional Engineer. 

He served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and 18 years with service contractors at NASA.  He was also a member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. 

While in military service, he was awarded a Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Services Commendation Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Wilson, on December 26, 1955.  His military career took them to many assignments in the U.S. and overseas. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Jo Wicker; son-in-law, Steve Phillips; and siblings, Carl Wicker, Sally Patterson, and Walter Vernon Wicker. 

He is survived by his children, Paul Gregory Wicker of Cameron, Sarah Phillips of Newport News, and Pamela Earnest (Matt) of Copper Hill, VA; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many very special nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at a future date for Paul and Jo Wicker at White Hill Presbyterian Church in Sanford, NC. 

The family expresses special appreciation to the Hidenwood and especially the Inspirtas staff, as well as Janice Klippert from Amedisys Home Health Care. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denbigh United Presbyterian Church’s Ministry Fund.

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