I know your family branch well!It's the Phillip Kiker Branch.Phillip had a number of children, most of whom stayed in and around Anson Co., NC, but some like your father participated in the westward movement.My branch just started 80 to 90 years for Texas sooner than yours.
Viola Kiker was one of the prominent members of your branch. She was very interested in the history of the Kiker Family and began early on to record the relationship between the Kikers with special emphasis on those in Cabarrus, Mechlenburg, Anson, Union, Rowan and Stanly Counties, North Carolina.
My wife and I visited Viola several times.She generously shared the information she had collected with me as early as the mid-1960's.Her work was put it into writing on my first computer and copies made on a dot matrix printer for distribution.As with any such collection of information, however, time demonstrated that certain information was in error, but that's the reason for the distribution -- to get it into the hands of as many persons as possible so that they may proof read it for accuracy, add to, make suggestions for improvement, and make us all more aware of our history and heritage.
I am going to suggest that you contact Donna Kiker Liddell at "firstname.lastname@example.org".She will in turn direct you to a Mr. Taylor in Florida who has undertaken the Phillip Kiker Branch.Either one of them may have already contacted you by the time this message is posted, but in case not, this will start you in the right direction.
If I am not mistaken, Donna included the Phillip Kiker Branch on the CD ROM that Richard Kyker, Donna, and myself have cooperated on to consolidate our research information.Actually, it is two CD ROMs of 640 megabytes of information each (or nearly so as some 60 mb (plus or minus) empty space was left at the end of each disk).Donna has a supply of the disks for thirty dollars S&H included.It is one of the bargains of the 21st century as it has generous amounts of information about the KEICHERS, the KYKERS, and, of course, those of us who spell it KIKER!
If you don't wish to "reinvent the wheel" the two disks will give you a virtually complete history of the Kiker family in the US.If it pleases you, you can start your own research from there, collect stories, photographs, and other information of interest to a family book, but always think of sharing the information.
Oh, before I forget.Glad you are are now a Texan and hope you are enjoying the warm weather.