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   Dan Wicker honored by church, city

   upon decision to move near family

Dan Wicker, a resident of the Frankston and Poynor area for some 38 years, was honored Sunday, Jan. 31 at The United Methodist Church of Frankston for his service to his church and the communities in which he lived.

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WICKER HONORED — Church lay leader Kathy Clarkston and pastor Rev. Matt Thomas present Dan Wicker with a framed picture and a proclamation from the City of Frankston. Wicker was honored for his service Sunday morning,  Jan. 31 at The United Methodist Church of Frankston Family Life Center. 

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At the age of 93, he will be moving to the Dallas area on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to be near his family there.

Church lay leader Kathy Clarkston presented Wicker a framed picture of the historic gazebo in the Town Square City Park, bordered with a mat signed by numerous church and community members. Rev. Matt Thomas, pastor, read and presented Wicker with a proclamation from Frankston Mayor Gerald Hall recognizing his contributions to the community.

Among his activities while in the Frankston area, he served six years as Mayor Pro-tem on the Poynor City Council and was chairman of the Poynor Rural Water Authority and as an Election Judge for 23 years in Poynor and was a member of the Poynor Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.

For 27 years, Wicker volunteered for service on Meals-on-Wheels, delivering a reported 23,000 meals during the time. He also served as a nursing home ombudsman for 25 years.

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During the last six years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Frankston Depot Library and Museum, Inc. The Board, in January, approved a Resolution recognizing and commending him for service as director, to the library and museum and to the community. The resolution, suitable for framing, was presented to him on Jan.  30.

After his wife, Jean, passed away in October 2019, he had continued his service to both church and community until the COVID-19 pandemic precautions restricted his activities.

Almost from the time he first moved to Poynor after retirement 38 years ago, he and his late wife have been active in The United Methodist Church of Frankston. They moved their residence to Frankston about 15 years ago. They had been active in their church in the Dallas area for many years, participated in various projects there and were active in professional and citizenship organizations.

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RAINBOW HOUSE — The Rainbow House Food Pantry of The United Methodist Church of Frankston was held on Tuesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church Family Life Center. There were a large number of persons and families served during the day. Rainbow House distribution for April will be on the fourth Tuesday, barring complications.  Those needing help may drive up to the curb and receive their goods as a prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (More information HERE )

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UPDATE! First Baptist Church has a new schedule — one worship service at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. There are no other regular scheduled activities, according to the church website. The church will continue to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines. It is advised that staying home may still be the best choice for some because of health conditions. The church will continue broadcasting worship on Facebook Live – now beginning at 10:45 am – so anyone can worship with First Baptist Church at home.

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