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Wicker, Tomlocked

(18 June 1926–25 November 2011)
  • Karen Patricia Heath


Wicker, Tom (18 June 1926–25 November 2011), journalist, novelist, and nonfiction writer, was born Thomas Grey Wicker in Hamlet, North Carolina, the son of Delancey David Wicker, a railroad freight conductor, and Esta Cameron. He grew up in poverty during the Great Depression and attended Hamlet High School. Initially he set out to be a novelist, but he enjoyed working on the student newspaper and realized that a career in journalism offered greater financial security. After his high school graduation in 1944 he went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and joined the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Toward the end of World War II he served in Japan as an ensign for the U.S. Navy Reserve. After the war he returned to Chapel Hill to complete his degree in journalism, graduating in 1948. In 1949 he married Neva Jewett McLean; the couple had two children....

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