Donald Tickle

Obituary of Donald Buford Tickle


Don passed from this life Sunday evening, April 10, 2022.  He was born May 20, 1935, in Fremont, Virginia as the youngest of 12 Tickle children.


Don had a distinguished and highly decorated 27 year career in the US Marine Corp. He bravely served in the Vietnam War and received high honors for combat in both Korea and Vietnam.  He ended his career in counterintelligence.  


His medals and commendations include:

Purple Heart for service in the Vietnam War

Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal

Combat Action Commemorative Medal

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Navy and Marine Corp Presidential Unit Citation


Don is preceded in death by his wife, Carol Ann, and son Michael Tickle.

Don is survived by two sons, Rusty Tickle and Stephen Tickle; two daughters, Tina Tickle Hocutt (husband Mark Hocutt) and Sheri Taylor;  Eleven grandchildren, Kimberly Tickle, Mikael Moore, Dustin Moore, Tyler Hocutt, Hallee Hocutt, Brianna Wiener, Nicole Walker, Kyleigh Vestal, Carter Vestal, Ayden Taylor; and six great grandchildren, Kaiden Boyd, Nora Wiener, Ivy Wiener, Samuel Wiener, Wynter Moore and Ronin Moore.  


A private graveside service will be held at 1pm Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Markham Memorial Gardens in Chapel Hill.  


Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough is assisiting the Tickle family.

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