GASTONIA - Born in Rock Hill, S.C., on Oct. 16, 1919, Dr. Brice T. Dickson Jr. died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
The eldest of four children of the late Brice T. Dickson Sr., and Louise Flowers Dickson, he is survived by one brother, Walter Watt "Dub" Dickson (a retired veterinarian of Gastonia and former N.C. State House Representative) and his wife, Ruth Day Dickson; one sister, Mary Louise "Widdy" Dickson Barnhill and her husband, Robert Barnhill, of Gastonia. Also surviving are his children, Brice T. Dickson III and wife, Debra R. Dickson, of Boiling Springs, and Stephen L. Dickson Sr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Bluffton, S.C.
Dr. Dickson graduated from Gastonia High School in Gastonia in 1936. He attended three years at Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1940 with a BA degree. In 1940, he joined a National Guard Unit, which was inducted into the 120th Infantry of the U.S. Army
, where he served in a Medical Detachment at Fort Jackson, S.C., until five days before Pearl Harbor, when he received a discharge and entered Medical School at the UNC-Chapel Hill.
In 1944, he received his medical doctorate degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.
His internship was served at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia after which two years was spent as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps., both in the United States and China (one year in which he traveled extensively).
Diplomas and certificates included Georgetown Medical School service in Internal Medicine at D.C. General Hospital, 1953, University of Miami Medical School annual Clinical Cardiology Teaching Conferences, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine in Pediatrics, 1947-48 and N.C. Pediatric Society, 1950.
Brice practiced pediatrics for five years and Family Practice for 30 years in Gastonia.
One of his more interesting diplomas was from N.C. State University in sport fishing, which was held at Hatteras in 1970. He attended this course with his son, Brice III, who was 13 at the time.
Dr. Dickson was an active member of First ARP Church in Gastonia, where he once served as deaconate. He enjoyed chess, swimming, jogging, pilates, geneology and computers. He taught water aerobics at the YMCA for many years and enjoyed attending classes in other aerobic exercises at the YMCA on a regular basis.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Tommie Flowers, formerly of Columbia, S.C.; and a daughter, Connie Jean Dickson Barry, formerly of Charlotte, who died in an Amtrack train accident north of Baltimore, Md., in 1987.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Hayley and Leigh Dickson of Boiling Springs, Dr. Stephen L. Dickson Jr. of Prospect, Ky., Ernest Harvey "Trey" Barry III of Atlanta, Ga., and Margaret Barry Stewart of Newberg Ore. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the First ARP Church, Gastonia, from 1-2 p.m. Monday, followed by a memorial service with the Pastor Eddie Spencer officiating.
Interment will be in Gaston Memorial Park with military honors provided by The Gaston County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church, 317 S. Chester St., Gastonia, NC. 28052.
Condolences may be sent on line to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Dickson family.