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Charles Franklin Dickerson
August 15, 1940 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Charles Franklin "Frank" Dickerson, aged 83, of Lucedale, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024, in Dothan, Alabama. Born on November 15, 1940, Frank was known for his remarkable intelligence, handy skills, and analytical mind. His ability to engage with anyone he met with his outgoing personality left a lasting impression on all who knew him.
Frank's early life in Lucedale laid the foundation for a lifetime of diverse interests and accomplishments. After attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perk Campus. His passion for learning was evident in the many roles he embraced throughout his life.
A patriot at heart, Frank served his country in the Army National Guard, where he also pursued his love for boxing. His dedication to his craft was not only in the ring but also in his professional life. A master of the dance floor, Frank's love for competitive swing dancing was legendary among his friends and peers. Frank was a proud member of Union 52, where he excelled as a welder, pipefitter, and in valve maintenance. His skilled hands played a part in building and welding nuclear plants across the country, leaving a legacy of strength and resilience. He continued to work at Farley and various locations nationwide until his well-earned retirement in 2008.
Frank's love for the outdoors was undeniable. He was an avid hunter, tracking deer, raccoons, squirrels, and turkey with the same precision he applied to his work. He was renowned for his ability to mimic the calls of the wild turkey, a skill that showcased his deep connection with the natural world. Fishing was not just a pastime but a passion, offering him moments of tranquility and joy. Beyond the thrill of the hunt and the patience of fishing, Frank was also a dedicated beekeeper. His love for nature extended to gardening and farming, where he nurtured life in the soil and cared for his fruit trees with the expertise of an experienced arborist, mastering the art of grafting.
His mechanical inclination was not limited to his professional endeavors. Frank had a fervor for working on cars, combining his love for mechanics with the excitement of drag racing his 1964 Chevrolet Impala. His hands, always ready to fix or build, were a testament to his practical and resourceful nature.
Frank was a family man, deeply loved and now mourned by his children, Dewayne Dickerson, Charles Dickerson, and Rita (Anthony) Hollman. His legacy continues through his cherished grandchildren, Loa and Conner Hollman. He was a brother to Larry, Tony, and Homer Ray Dickerson, and he held the memory of his late brother Tim Dickerson close to his heart. His beloved wife of 42 years, Ruby Nell Dickerson, preceded him in death.
Those who knew Frank will remember him as a man who could talk to anyone, who shared his knowledge and skills generously, and whose laughter and stories enriched their lives. His intelligence, craftiness, and analytical approach to life's challenges were balanced by his warmth and willingness to lend a helping hand.
Charles "Frank" Dickerson lived a life marked by hard work, love for his family, and a deep appreciation for the natural world. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who loved him, but his spirit will continue to inspire them. As they reflect on his life, they will find comfort in the memories of the time spent with a man who was truly larger than life.
Frank's life will be celebrated privately by his family, honoring a life well-lived and a man well-loved. His journey on this earth may have ended, but his story will be told for generations to come. Rest in peace, Charles Franklin "Frank" Dickerson. Your legacy will live on through the love you've left behind.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday February 11, 2024 at Holmes Missionary Baptist Church in Lucedale, MS. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 pm prior to the ceremony at the church.
Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604 www.SunsetMemorialPark.com