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Book Corrections as noted by Margaret Derryberry
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Nora A. (Webb) Derryberry age 17
This is Bernice Aubrey Derryberry, Sr. 1949
Woman saves dad’s life (Carl Derreberry)
Information submitted by Gloria Derryberry on November 8,
Reprint from The Cherokee Scout—Cherokee County, N.C.’s local newspaper; Tuesday, November 21, 2008 by Dwight Otwell
A Fairview Road woman held onto the horns of a rampaging deer for more than 10 minutes on Oct. 11, saving the life of her elderly father, who had been knocked to the ground and attacked by the deer.
Vickie Hicks held onto the young deer until her hus- band, Don Hicks, arrived and killed it after firing five shots. Three shots hit the deer.
Tests showed that the deer did not have rabies, said Kim McClain, who has worked with rabies cases for years for the Cherokee County Health Department. The deer will be tested for other diseases. Carl Derreberry, who will be 87 on Halloween, was flown to Mission Memorial Hospital because of the injuries. He was in intensive care but is now in a private room. He is im-
proving, but Hicks requested prayers for him because of his age and health condition.
Linda Hedrick, Hicks’ cousin, said she had never seen deer in the community between Andrews and Mar- ble.
“Vickie got the deer away from [Derreberry] and she took the brunt of the attack. She is bruised pretty bad and has severe cuts and stitches,” Hedrick said. “The deer hit [Derreberry] in the left side of the jaw area and under the chin. His arms are also a concern. He was flown out by helicopter. He had to have some brain surgery because of blood on the brain. “Vickie saved his life. I am telling everyone that if you see a deer and it doesn’t go the other way, you start running.”
Hicks said Friday she is recovering from the attack. “My father is 129 pounds. I am a little over 200 but
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