On the morning of May 22, 2018, Vicki passed away at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, after suffering complications from recent cardiac issues over the previous month. She was just beginning another wonderful day of teaching at her beloved Central High School in Wartburg. Vicki was 63 years old.
Vicki was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, on March 16, 1955. She was the first of five daughters of Bobbye Lynn Watts and William Marion Pointer.
Vicki was a true native of Norris, Tennessee. She attended Norris Elementary and graduated from Norris High School in 1973. With her passion for literature and the arts, she majored in Education and graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1977. In the Fall of 1983, Vicki experienced the most fulfilling moment of her life when her only child, Stefanie, was born. Her joy was later complimented with the blessings of grandsons Blake and Brennen. Their bond and commitment brought forth joy and giving to their extended family and an immense association of friends in her church, school system, and community.
Anyone who knew her would say that Vicki gave completely of herself for her parents, family, and those in need. During the summers of her college years, she was the Recreation Director for the City of Norris and developed a vast schedule of daily events for young and old alike. Her special commitment to the children of the Town generated a sense of togetherness and community through crafts, archery, tennis, numerous athletics, roller skating, little league baseball and cooling off at the Oak Road pool. She channeled this enthusiasm as if preparing herself for her professional calling. Upon college graduation, Vicki began a 38-year teaching career in English, Literature, and Drama for her mighty Bulldogs of Central High School in Morgan County, Tennessee. She brought life and opportunity to thousands of students searching for her creative, well-disciplined, and rigorous focus on learning. After 38 years of unselfish commitment, “Ms. Pointer” was asked when she thought she might retire. Her response was as expected; “38 years down and 2 to go.... Maybe.” Her wit; her knowledge and wisdom; and her passion for teaching will be missed, but her friendship long remembered.
Her church family lived at Norris First Baptist where she was raised from as a child. She attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School year after year only to teach them later as a young adult. Vicki’s Christian view of the world and her meaningful place in it was anything but average. She faithfully and willingly executed her Faith, raised her family with the same excitement, and remains an inspiration to anyone who knew her. She was an ambassador of the church, and she spread the same joy and compassion to everyone she touched. Vicki was truly a genuine, giving spirit; and a lifelong, trusted friend.
With an intellect and memory that could match the best, it was her humility and earnest respect for others that put you at ease and established a base for a relationship to build. She had great understanding and a true acceptance of people. These special and rare qualities kept her poised and in control as a mentor and leader in her family and as a teacher. She recognized strengths and weaknesses, and she always knew what to say to make things better. Make no mistake; Vicki had conviction to do what was right and she didn’t hold back when the going got tough.
She carefully, respectfully, held her ground with a firm and steady hand; looking always to the welfare of all. Vicki was on a mission to make a difference, and she did in so many ways. Because of her dedicated work at Central High for program excellence in English, Drama, and yearbook Director; the students and faculty named her Teacher of the Year... twice.
Vicki loved simple things: Hanging out with her inseparable friends Jamie and Sarah through the historic ‘60s and ‘70s; leading her sisters and the neighborhood kids of Riley, Dennis, Richie, Larry and Kent from bicycles to minibikes to motorcycles; crocheting and embroidering for hours on end to make that meaningful gift for a high school graduate or the newlyweds; adopting her “brother” Bill Simmons from college who came for dinner, a summer, and subsequent summers thereafter; a ride in an old convertible through the Smoky Mountains for a picnic by the creek; supporting the Home Team at the school and grandsons’ ballgames; instilling the love of the Classics of Shakespeare to young, inquisitive minds while leading them to acting in many school plays with the Central High Court Players; listening to the songs of her time including one of her favorites... Alice Cooper; chasing her grandchildren, nieces and nephews around the family room; shopping with her endearing mom and sisters the Friday after Thanksgiving; caring for her loving father after her mother, Bobbye, passed away; and giving of herself and her talents to a community and a school that she cherished and the same who cherished her. Vicki always remembered where she came from; and ultimately where she was going; the same place where she is today.
Vicki was preceded in death by her mother, Bobbye Watts Pointer; her sister, Mary Gibson and husband, Fred Gibson; and her dear friend, Sara Siebert Turner.
Vicki is survived by her father, William Marion Pointer of Norris; her sister Katie Pointer Musgrave and Mike of Norris; her sister Lorri Pointer Johnson and her husband Junior of Knoxville; her sister Carolyn Pointer Neil and husband Rodney of Knoxville. Vicki is also survived by her loving daughter, Stefanie Pointer of Heiskell; grandsons Blake and Brennan King; many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends; and her dear friend, Steve Forbes.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Norris First Baptist Church, 149 W. Norris Road, Norris, Tennessee. The Celebration of Life service will follow shortly thereafter with Pastor David Seiber officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages all to pack shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child Mission, or to send memorial donations to Wartburg Central High School, designated for either her beloved Drama Program or the Backpack Program. Donations can be sent to Central High School, Attn: Aaron Jones, 1119 Knoxville Hwy, Wartburg, TN 37887.
Special thanks are given on behalf of the family to the many who contacted and visited Vicki during the past few weeks; to those who had her in their prayers; and to the friends and family who continue to receive blessings from the life that Vicki lived.
Online register book can be signed at www.frakerfuneralhome.net . Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston in charge of arrangements.