Leslie Criss 6/15/10
PHOTO BY DESTE LEE
CUTLINE: Fred Wicker volunteers for many organizations, including the Pontotoc County Historical Society and the Town Square Post Office and Museum.
HED: A public servant
Fred Wicker didn’t stop serving the public when he retired.
* Fun fact
Want to hear a good poem? Just ask Fred Wicker.
He recites poetry at the drop of a hat.
BY SHEENA BARNETT
PONTOTOC – Fred Wicker is a busy man.
Most of his life, he’s been busy. He’s been a circuit court judge, a state senator and a city and county attorney in Pontotoc.
Wicker may have retired in 1991, but he’s still just as busy.
The 86-year-old’s calendar is full of projects to work on, meetings to attend, speeches to give – and maybe a little hunting and traveling, too.
A bit of history
Wicker’s career was made up of serving the public.
“I’d say I probably preferred being a judge,” he said. “I met more people, saw more of the state.”
While his career kept him busy, he found time to be a member of several civic groups.
“I’ve been a member of the American Legion since the first day I got home – Jan. 2, 1946,” he said. When he returned from serving overseas in World War II, his father took him down to the local American Legion and paid his dues.
Wicker said he enjoys volunteering and being a member of many organizations, but he especially enjoys his time at the Pontotoc Town Square Post Office and Museum.
Maybe he’s giving a tour, maybe he’s working in the gift shop, or maybe he’s getting into character.
Each year at the town’s Bodock Festival, he dresses up as a historical figure, such as Mark Twain, Jefferson Davis or Franklin Roosevelt.
“I enjoy explaining all that (history) to the people who come into the museum,” he said.
Martha Jo Coleman, the museum’s director, said visitors love to spend time talking with him.
“He’s never at a loss for words. It’s uncanny – we’ll have visitors from all over the country come in, and he may never have laid eyes on them, but he knows somebody they know,” she said. “He’s just a very outgoing person.”
Wicker has also had a hand in gathering items for the museum’s Veterans’ Room.
That’s not all: He’s involved in the Boys State program as well as Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans, and teaches Sunday School at the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. He stays involved with political campaigns, especially those of his son, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.
Wicker may do his fair share of work, but he works in some pastimes, too.
Wicker loves to travel.
“As a matter of fact, I had my 21st birthday in Germany,” he said, “and I had my 81st in Munich, Germany, in 2005.”
He’s toured much of Europe and hopes to go back.
He enjoys staying close to home, too.
“I have a garden, and I hunt,” he said.
Wicker and his wife, Wordna, had two children, Roger and Ellen, and now Wicker has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Wicker’s to-do list is plenty long, and he’s a happy man for it.
Coleman may say it best: “He’s something else.”