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The death of Ollie Vick, killed in an explosion.

Wilson Daily Times, 31 March 1945.

Ollie Vick, sentenced to 60 days’ labor on a road crew for public drunkenness and vagrancy, was killed by an exploding asphalt storage tank in Vance County, North Carolina.

News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 28 March 1945.


In the 1900 census of Stony Creek township, Nash County, North Carolina: John Vick, 45; wife Hanna, 40; and children Tassey, 21, Clara, 19, Johnie, 17, Berry, 15, Elisha, 13, Joseph, 10, Westray, 4, Paul, 3, and Baby [Ollie], 1.

In the 1910 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farm laborer John Vick, 50; wife Liw, 40; sons Paul, 13, and Ollie, 10; and stepson Flecster [Fletcher] Austin, 18.

On 14 January 1922, Ollie Vick, 21, of Toisnot township, son of John and Lou Vick, married Eva Foreman, 19, of Toisnot township, daughter of Eddie and Lucy Foreman, in Wilson County. Baptist minister Elias Lucas performed the ceremony in the presence of T.R. Lucas, W.D. Vick, and Carry Joyner, all of Elm City.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 504 Daniel Street, paying $8/rent, widow Irene Mitchel, 40, cook, and lodger Ollie Vick, 40, single, delivery truck driver for general store.

In 1942, Ollie Vick registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 27 May 1900 in Nash County, N.C.; lived at 212 South Goldsboro Street; his contact was Carrie Body, Route 1, Rocky Mount; and he worked on Oscar Simpson’s farm, Route 3, Kenly, Wilson County.

Ollie Vick died 27 March 1945 in Henderson, Vance County, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was about 43 years old; was born in Nash County, N.C.; resided in Wilson County; and was single. Clara Barnes was informant. Cause of death was listed as shock from tar tank explosion at prison camp.