On December 17th, 2021, our matriarch and friend, Vivian “Vickie” Lee Jones Gaddy departed this earthly life and was welcomed into the arms of her heavenly father. A warrior throughout her life, Vickie was born on New Year’s Day, 1952, in Asheville, NC at St. Joseph Hospital.
In addition to her precious Daddy, Leland James Wallace Jones Jr., Vickie is preceded in death by her faithful brothers; Scot Jones and Bart Jones, as well as, her hard-working grandparents, and her precious niece, Lindsey Jones.
She is survived by many loving individuals; including her mother Nora Lee Jones, brother, Brad Jones and wife Lynndayle Jones, daughter Chelsey Lee Gaddy, son James Scot Gaddy and wife Cassandra Lee Gaddy, in addition to her life partner and precious love, Mike Rice. She adored her grandsons; Peyton Lee Gaddy and Cyrus James Gaddy Mirheli.
Vickie was incredibly proud of her nephew, Army Specialist, Nathanael Lee Jones and his children Zechariah and Lila. Known as “Aunt Vickie” to so many, she followed the many adventures of Brad Rice and his boys, Lindsey Jones’ boys, her Aunts and Uncles, and the Lunsford/Wilson family. She thrived on the love of her extensive network of family and friends, and especially thanked God for her cousin who was like a sister to her, Janet Lunsford Scott.
Vickie contributed and was very proud of the numerous community organizations in which she served over her nearly 70 years in Asheville. A graduate of A.C. Reynolds High School, she attended Blanton’s Business College and was a James McClure Clark scholarship recipient. As a notary public, she was a loyal citizen of Buncombe County her entire life. She served in the West Asheville Business Association, The Lions Club, The Haw Creek Neighborhood Association, and held office as Rotary Club President. Vickie loved music, especially Dolly Parton, The Kingdom Heirs, and Steep Canyon Rangers. She was an avid patron of the theatre community in Western NC and cherished her son’s charitable works through his motorcycle club. She was an active supporter of local politics, supporting Chris Pelly, and most recently AJ Fox as a candidate for Buncombe County Sheriff. A supporter of veteran’s welfare, she was a two time volunteer for the Honor Air organization, accompanying veterans to visit Washington, DC. Vickie was instrumental in many community projects, such as organizing the construction of the RiverLink bridge and the Haw Creek Sidewalk Project.
Vickie traveled throughout the mountains learning about her history until her final days, and was especially interested in the works of Wilma Dykeman, her favorite author. A current member of Oteen Baptist Church, Vickie’s extended church family included Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and Grassy Branch Baptist. Vickie loved the Lord, was a fierce prayer warrior, family historian, and sometimes even a comedian.
“My life alone shows the type of love I gave as a daughter, a sister, a mother and a mate. Cherish those memories of me, please.”
A celebration of life will be in the spring of 2022.
In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to Irene Wortham Center, 916 West Chapel Rd., Asheville, NC 28803. ireneworthamcenter.org
Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements | scotthuskins.com | 678.771.5566
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