Byron Wayne Dickerson, loving father and husband, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. He passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home, surrounded by family, under hospice care.
He was born August 1, 1931 in Girard, TX, and had just celebrated his 85th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Dickerson, and by his son Scott Dickerson.
Byron leaves behind to cherish his memories, one daughter and son-in-law LaCretia and Derick White of Dallas Texas………as well as countless friends, extended family, and church family.
After high school, Byron enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1948, just two days after he turned 17 years old. He often joked that he went into the Army just so he would have something to eat. He honorably served for almost 4 years, with 1 of those years spent overseas in active combat in the Korean War. He received a Korean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, and a Combat Infantry Badge for his service.
Byron married Jean Dickerson on March 6, 1953, and they had been happily married for 63 years when he passed. He affectionately referred to her as “his beautiful Bride” their whole lives together. They had two children together, LaCretia and Scott.
Byron worked for the US Post Office, while Jean worked as a Dallas County bailiff. They also served in the Christian church their whole lives together, first as youth ministers, then later as Pastors at Increasing Faith Church. Byron was delivering sermons right up to one month before he passed away.
Byron was a loving father and husband, a great friend, and a “go-to” Pastor for limitless people over the years. He was a Big Giver, and he would try to help whomever he could, if it was within his means. Traveling was a big part of his life, and he liked to brag he had visited all the states in the US. Road trips were his favorite, whether he was in his RV, truck, or van. He also loved dancing, and he and Jean could “cut a mean rug”. They participated in square dancing groups for many years, and they also loved going out to the local honky-tonk for country dancing. Willie Nelson was his favorite musical artist.
He was one-of-a-kind. Now at peace, he will be greatly missed.
Visitation is 6-8 pm on Monday, August 8.