John B. Dickerson
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Virginia Beach - John "Byron" Dickerson passed away peacefully and without pain surrounded by family on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. Born in Atlantic City, NJ on June 17, 1930, he was the only child of Mary Eleanor Alice Joseph & Thomas Dickerson. He was predeceased by his first wife Donna Palmer Dickerson, who was the mother of their five children.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Elaine Stewart Dickerson; his children, Michael (Gail), Timothy (Lorena), Patrick (Irene), Terri Cason (Bobby), Tracey Conley (Thomas); stepchildren, Jeffrey Tunis, Scott W. Tunis, MD (Shaun), Victoria Tunis; grandchildren, Natasha, Michele, Alexis, Michael (Katelyn), Christopher (Nancy), and Bobby Jr.; step-grandchildren, Alexander, Scott, Xavian, and Xenna; great-grandchildren, Addison, Alyssa, and Cole.
After graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1946, John joined the Navy in 1947 and served for 21 years. He was stationed at the Naval Hospitals in Annapolis and Philadelphia. He was stationed aboard several ships while attached to MILSEATRANSERY assisting with the repatriation of the sick and wounded Turkish, Greek, and American Troops from Korea. He was transferred to Navy Hospital Corps School as an instructor. He also served on the USS H.W. Gilmore, USS Johnston, and U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC followed by a tour aboard the USS Basilone, and then transferred to Fleet Marine Force Okinawa during the Vietnam War. After retirement from the military as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, he was a government/military representative for Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Inc. for 21 years.
He then became an avid golfer, marshalled at several local courses, hit a hole-in-one, and won a tournament. For many years , he and Elaine travelled all over the country visiting friends and playing golf.
The family wishes to express thanks and gratitude to everyone at the Bayside Rehabilitation Center for the special, wonderful, caring, loving, attention showered on John and also the family while he was there. In lieu of flowers, please give any donations to one of the causes helping our returning veterans.
The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11am at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach with Fr. Mario Fulgenzi as the Celebrant. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory
8464 Tidewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23518
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 27, 2014