SANFORD, NC - Waldo Lonnie Dickens, 95, of Sanford, died Tuesday (3/4/14) at Parkview Retirement Village. A celebration of life was held Friday March 7th at 2 p.m. at East Sanford Baptist Church. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Brooks Dickens and Minnie Elizabeth Dickens; wife, Pauline Stuckey Dickens; daughter, Cynthia Gail Dickens; sisters, Mary Ellen Leslie, Mozzelle Cox, Pauline Kennedy, Iola Holmes, and Effie Dickens; brother, Wilson Dickens; and stepmother, Alma Dickens. After graduating from Sanford High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1938 to 1946. When he returned home to North Carolina, he entered Elon College and earned a B.S. in Mathematics. He taught high school Mathematics for a few years, and then move to Hampton, VA with his wife Polly, and baby daughter. He was hired by NASA as a Aeronautical Engineer and worked on many projects, most notably the Apollo and Gemini Space Programs. After retirement from NASA, Waldo worked for Beryl Applied Research where he conducted research in the vertical spin tunnel for commercial and military aircraft. He and Polly moved back to Sanford in 2004. . He is survived by his daughters, Marian Colligan and fiance Mike Harrell of Hampton, Va., and Nina Karp and husband Kenneth Karp of Charlotte; a son, Lonnie Dickens of Newport News, Va.; grandchildren, Stephanie Teriwilliger, husband Ron, and Jeremy Hinnant, wife Brandy, both of Yorktown, VA, Jordan Karp of Durham, NC, and Nicole Karp of Raleigh, NC; two great-grandchildren, Jesse Hinnant and Meagan Terwilliger; his sister, Shirley Holly of Sanford, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1836 Doctors Drive, Sanford, N.C. 27330. Condolences may be sent to www.coxmemorialfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 12, 2014