Thursday, December 12, 2019

Who is Michael Dwayne Vick professional football player? Family, ancestry, DNA, biography, parents, grandparents

Michael Dwayne Vick, June 26, 1980, Newport News, Virginia, mother, father, wife, wives, children, grandparent, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, criminal, dog fighting, football, prison, Kijafa Frink, Jada, London, Mike Jr, Mitez, Michael Dwayne Boddie, Brenda Jean Vick, Joseph Vick, Caletha Virginia Glast, Ernestine Buggs, Janes Edwin Boddie, Ardelia Buggs, Samuel Vick, Ada Knight, Lonnie Boddie, Jones, Johnson, Walton, North Carolina, Mary Cummins
I was curious about Michael Dwayne Vick's background so I did a quick Google search. No one has done an article about his family background. I decided to do some research which was very revealing. Michael Vick is not the only talented football player in his family. He has quite a few relatives who were very talented, went to college on football scholarships, graduate school, did very well then went on to become successful business men.

Before I begin forget the notion that the child takes the father's name. That rarely happens in this family. The children take the mothers' last names. This has happened in the last three of four generations of this family. I state this so people won't get confused or think that I've made a mistake. Follow along with the above family tree. Click it to make it bigger.

Michael Dwayne Vick was born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia. His father is Michael Dwayne Boddie born 1961 in Newport News, Virginia. His mother is Brenda Jean Vick born 1963 in Newport News, Virginia.

Michael Dwayne Boddie married Brenda Jean Vick December 7, 1990. They divorced June 30, 2009. Michael Vick's siblings are Christina Vick, Courtney Vick and Marcus Deon Vick born 1984. His brother Marcus was arrested on drug and other charges along with their father Michael Boddie. The only photos I had for those two for the tree were their mugshots.

Michael Vick married Kijafa Frink in 2012. Together they have three children, London born 2004, Jada born 2007 and Michael Vick Jr born 2018. Michael Vick has another child named Mitez Vick born 2002 with Tameka Taylor.

Michael's paternal grandfather was James Edwin Boddie 1938-2019. I don't know if he ever married Michael's grandmother Ernestine Delores Buggs 1937-2014 or if she just used his name. She had at least one other husband who was Raymond Huston Henderson. Below is Ernestine's obituary.

"Reidsville – Ms. Ernestine Delores Buggs Henderson died Monday, October 20, 2014. Survivors are: daughters, Vanessa Boddie, Sharon Boddie and Leona Boddie; sons, Edwin Buggs, Lonnie Boddie, Michael Boddie and Kenneth Boddie; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; special friends, Willette Thompson, Angela Mc Clurklin and Benita Turner; other relatives and friends."

Together (?) they had maybe nine children, Kenneth, Leona, Lonnie, Sharon, Vannessa, Edwin Lesley Buggs Jr, James Thomas Boddie 1956-1999, Father John Derrick Boddie 1958-2009 and his father Michael Dwayne Boddie.

Below is the obituary of James Thomas Boddie Michael Vick's uncle.

James Thomas Boddie
"James T. Boddie NEWPORT NEWS - James T. Boddie, 42, of Newport News, died Friday, March 12, 1999, at Hampton General Hospital following a long illness. He was born in Newport News on May 31, 1956, to James Boddie Sr. and Ernestine Buggs. Mr. Boddie attended schools in Newport News and in Baltimore. He served in the U.S. Army before returning to Newport News to become a welder and pipe fitter for the International Boiler Makers. As a welder, he worked for various contractors and subcontractors associated with Newport News Shipbuilding. Survivors include his daughter, Shenna Boddie of Baltimore; a son, Jamontral Boddie of Newport News; his dear friend and companion, Sharon Peade; his mother and father; three sisters, Vanessa, Sharon and Leona; and five brothers, Edwin, Lonnie, John, Michael and Kenneth. A funeral service will be held at Franklin Funeral Home, 2117 Madison Ave., Newport News, at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery."

Below is the obituary of Father John Derrick Boddie who was Michael Vick's uncle.

Father John Derrick Boddie
"Reverend John Derrick Boddie, 50, the priest and beloved pastor of the Catholic Church of the Visitation in Middlesex County and the Catholic Church of Francis De Sales in Mathews County of the Diocese of Richmond, died from cancer. Father Boddie, the son of James Boddie and Ernestine Henderson, was born July 11, 1958 in Newport News as the third of nine children. He was raised by his grandmother, Esther Boddie, who introduced him to the Catholic religion by taking him to St. Alphonsus Church in Newport News, which later merged with St. Vincent De Paul. Upon his graduation from Peninsula Catholic High School in 1977, he attended Saint Meinrad College in Indiana. From there, he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 1983. He was ordained on May 14, 1988 and initially assigned to Our Lady of Nazareth Parish in Roanoke as an Assistant Priest. From there he served at St. Paul’s in Richmond for two years as an Assistant Priest and subsequently was transferred to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Virginia Beach. After a sabbatical, in 1997 he became the pastor of the Catholic parishes in Middlesex and Mathews counties, where he has faithfully served the parishioners for almost 12 years. Stricken with cancer almost two years ago, he valiantly fought the disease while enrolled in an experimental program at Duke University until his untimely death just a few days after celebrating his 21st year as an ordained priest. He is survived by his parents; four sisters, Vanessa, Sharon, Leona and Anna Boddie; and three brothers, Michael, Kenneth, and Lonnie Boddie. One of his siblings, James Boddie, passed away several years ago. “Father John” was a brilliant homilist, often sought as a guest priest or speaker by other churches and denominations throughout the Middle Peninsula and Richmond communities. Beloved by all, he was widely known for his care and concern for the sick and homebound, visiting them frequently and enlightening their lives by his presence. He extended his ministry to the regional jail with success and gratitude. Because of his endearing personality and the respect he displayed for the Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage, Catholics from parishes apart from his, often requested he give those Sacraments to them."

Michael's mother Brenda Jean Vick graduated from Homer L. Ferguson High School in Newport News, Virginia in 1963. She was not involved in any extracurricular activities or sports. Most of the family went to the same high school.

Brenda Jean Vick, mother of Michael Dwayne Vick football player
Brenda Vick's brother Joseph Vick Jr born 1952 was involved in the drug sales along with Michael Vick's father and brother. Brenda's other siblings were Clifton Earl Vick 1953-1953, Gwendolyn Delores Vick Gilmore 1954-2014, Joyce R Vick born 1956, Tina Leanne Vick born 1962 and Casey Cardell Vick born 1964.

Below is Gwendolyn's obituary.

Gwendolyn Diane Vick Gilmore
"NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Gwendolyn Diane Gilmore, 59, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 12, 2014. A native of Newport News, she graduated from Ferguson High School in 1974 and received her associates degree from Thomas Nelson Community College. For many years she worked in the transportation department with the Newport News Public School system. Survivors include: her children, DeWayne Leonard Vick (Colette), Ramona Katina Vick, Calvin Gilmore (Sabrina). Two brothers, Joseph Vick Jr., and Casey Vick (Roberta) and three sisters, Joyce Crutchfield (Richard), Tina L. Vick and Brenda Vick. Mrs. Gilmore was blessed to have 9 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. M.E. Fisher Funeral Home is in charge."

Brenda's sister Tina L Vick is the Vice Mayor of District 3 in Virginia. Below is her official biography. She is Michael Vick's aunt.

Tina Leanne Vick
"Vice Mayor Tina Vick was born and raised in Newport News in the southeast community, where she continues her desire to implement policy and programs to enhance the lives of all Newport News residents. Vice Mayor Vick has also published several articles including:
A Human Resource and Community Development Journal, Helping Virginia’s Future: The Resource Mothers Program, Volume II; October 1988
Daily Press, Take this job…and love it; September 1988
Vice Mayor Tina Vick has one daughter, Teunsha Vick and a son, Terrance Vick. She also has three grandsons, Shamar Vick, Brandon Diggs and Tyson Carter."

Michael Vick's maternal grandparents were Joseph Vick 1929-1995 and Caletha Virginia Glast 1932-2008.

Below is Caletha Virginia Glast Vick's obituary.

Caletha Virginia Glast Vick
"NEWPORT NEWS - Our Heavenly father needed another angel so on May 2, 2008, He sent for our beloved mother, Caletha Virginia Vick. She was born on Jan. 10, 1932, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Ada Glast in Bethel, N.C. She was united in holy matrimony on Nov. 28, 1951, to the late Joseph Vick Sr. In 1953, she relocated to Newport News where she became a devoted housewife and mother. She accepted Christ at an early age and was never to busy to do what she could for others. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memories four daughters, Gwendolyn D. Gilmore, Joyce R. Crutchfield, Tina L. Vick and Brenda J. Boddie; two sons, Joseph Vick Jr. and Casey C. Vick; one sister, Clara M. Bess; a brother, James L. Glast; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends."

Michael Vick's paternal great grandparents are Lonnie Boddie 1892-1940, Esther Hester 1895-1986 and Alvin Branch (?) and Ardelia Buggs 1920-2009.

Lonnie Boddie was a farmer who owned his own home and completed the fourth grade. He was born in North Carolina and died in Newport News, Virginia. He died from coronary occlusion and myocartitis, i.e. heart problems. Most of the family died from heart disease.

Below is his wife Esther Hester Boddie's obituary.

"Mrs. Esther Boddie NEWPORT NEWS Mrs. Esther Boddie, of 665 12th St., died Tuesday in her home. She was born in Nash County, N.C., and was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Newport News. Survivors include three sons, John L. Boddie and Thomas Boddie, both of Newport News, and James Boddie of Baltimore, Md.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, N.C."

Ernestine Buggs said her father was Alvin Branch. I couldn't find any information on such a person. I believe her father is most likely Leslie Montgomery who is the father of her brother James Leslie Buggs.

Michael Vick's paternal great grandmother is Ardelia C Buggs 1920-2009. She was listed as a maid, shucker (oysters?) and a "helper" in directories. Below is her obituary.

Ardelia C Buggs
"ARDELIA BUGGS - HAMPTON - Mrs. Ardelia Buggs, born July 26,1920, passed away Oct. 28, 2009. A longtime resident of Newport News,Va., she was a professional baker, cook, domestic worker and babysitter. Viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today, Nov. 6, 2009, at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel,1601-27th St. NN, VA. 23607. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov.7, 2009, at St.Timothy Church of Christ (Holiness).Interment will follow at Pleasant Shade Cemetery." Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Ardelia Bugg's brother Aaron Lee Buggs is Michael's great uncle. He was a football legend. Below is his obituary.

Aaron Lee Buggs
"Aaron Lee Buggs NEWPORT NEWS On Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, Aaron Lee Buggs unexpectedly slipped away answering our Master's call to end his earthly journey. Aaron was born on Oct. 23, 1928, in Weldon, N.C., to the late Rev. Willie and Anna Buggs. He was the youngest of 10 siblings. Aaron was educated in the school system of Newport News, graduating from Huntington High School, where he excelled in athletics, especially football, and he played under the tutelage of the late coach Thad Madden. Because of his great athletic ability, he was able to continue his education at Virginia State University, where he graduated in 1949. He obtained his master's degree from Columbia University, New York. Aaron entered the military service, serving in the U.S. Army. He was Commissioned as an officer at Fort Knox, Ky. After his military service was completed, Aaron taught in the educational systems of Virginia and California. Aaron leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Eddie, Romian and Zealey; a daughter, Hope, all of California; two brothers, Eddie and Washington Buggs of Newport News; and two sisters, Ardelia Buggs of Newport News and Hester Jones of Hampton. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at St. Timothy Church of Christ Holinesss, USA, 1711 Madison Ave., Newport News. Burial will be in Pleasant Shade Cemetery."

Aaron Buggs was named the greatest athlete to finish Huntington High and was the top scorer on the "Viking eleven." He was also the co-Captain of the team. He gave the invocation for his high school graduating class of 1944. He did very well academically and went on to graduate school then became a teacher.

There are quite a few men in Vick's family who were extremely talented football players. They fortunately didn't get involved with the bad elements like Vick, Vick's father, brother, Vick's mother's brother...

Michael's maternal great grandparents are Sam Vick 1908-1989, Mary Louise Cotton 1907-2001, Samuel Glass/Glast 1894-1974 and Ada Jones Knight 1898-1957.

Sam Vick's obituary is below.

"Sam Vick HOBGOOD Sam Vick, 82, died Sunday, Nov 19, 1989. Born Nov. 14, 1907, he was son of the late Octavis and Coney Vick. Surviving: wife, Mary C. Vick; daughter, Hattie Andrews; sons, Joseph and John Henry Vick;, 16 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.mr at Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Princeville. Burial will follow at Community Cemetery, Princeville. A wake service will be held Friday, 7 to 8 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, Tarboro."

The second great grandparents you can see in the tree above. It gets a little complicated with multiple spouses due to death and divorce.

While I was researching the family I added their memorials to FindAGrave.com along with their transcribed obituaries to help others. I also linked the memorials so people can just click one link to download an entire family or line. I may eventually turn this tree into an online searchable data tree.

I will update this later after I confirm Michael Vick's 3rd, 4th and 5th grandparents back to slavery. Obviously I won't be able to go farther than that.

The first free person ancestor of the Vick family was Nelson Vick 1837-1923 North Carolina. He had two wives, Amanda Bresser b. 1858 and Viney Locust b. 1843. Slavery ended in this area in 1863. It became a national law 1865. Some slaves were freed earlier by agreement or during the economic crisis of 1819 in this area. At that time some plantation owners abandoned their farms along with their slaves and moved west. The only records I see for any "Vick" family prior to this time in this area are white people. It's possible this family took the last name of their slave owner or just chose their own name. The only census before this time is white people with white and black slaves. The Freeman's census didn't come until later when the government worked to incorporate slaves in the regular population with homes and regular jobs.

Michael Vick is one of the descendants of the Callis Walton family. They have huge reunions in Virginia. They made a booklet about their family ancestry. Just tried to find it online but no luck. I'd already researched the tree back to the original Callis and Walton families. Then I hit the brick wall of slavery.

Michael Vick, Callis Walton family of Virginia


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