Richard L. "Bo" Dickinson
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Richard L. "Bo" Dickinson, 78, of New Augusta, died November 6, 2012 at Forrest General Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg followed by burial in New Augusta Cemetery.
Bo Dickinson was one of the most talented fullbacks to ever play football for Southern Miss during his career, which spanned from 1953 to 1957, which was interrupted by military service. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War missing the 1954 and 1955 seasons. During his military service he became an even better player and even gained fame as the starting fullback on the Fort Bliss (Texas) team, establishing them as one of the best service teams in the country.
Bo returned to Southern Miss and led the 1956 squad in rushing carrying 93 times for 670 yards and scored five touchdowns. His six touchdowns that year led the team in scoring. He was also the top punter on the 1956 squad kicking 29 times for a 40.4-yard average. He caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and even threw a pass that year. The 1956 team finished 7-2-1 and played West Texas State in the Tangerine Bowl.
During the 1957 season, Dickinson was named to several of the preseason all-star teams around the country. He again led Southern Miss in rushing with 73 carries for 361 yards and two touchdowns and also caught six passes for 78 yards. He helped lead the Golden Eagle team to an 8-3 record and another bowl bid. The team again went to the Tangerine Bowl where they met East Texas State. Dickinson's final career stats show him with 167 carries for 1035 yards and seven touchdowns, and his rushing average of 6.2 yards per carry, which is the third best in school history among players with over 100 career rushing attempts. He was a sixth round draft pick of the Chicago Bears and wound up playing for four teams in the American Football League, Dallas Texans (1960-61), Denver Broncos (1962-63), Houston Oilers (1964) and the Oakland Raiders (1964).
Following his football career, Bo was a teacher and coach and attended New Augusta Baptist Church. He was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Football Hall of Fame on April 30, 1983.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Mae Dickinson; a sister, Louise Smith; a brother, William H. Dickinson; and a grandson, Zachary Barber.
He is survived by his wife, Vandy Dickinson of New Augusta; daughters, Gwen Moore of Montgomery, Ala. and Becky Stoy of Duluth, Ga.; a son, Alan Dickinson of Daphne, Ala.; stepdaughter, Vickie Clifton of Petal; stepson, Scott Yonce of Dallas, Tex.; sisters, Janice Stuart and Betty Hembree both of Hattiesburg, Dora Williams of Sumrall and Edna Sumrall of Laurel; and eight grandchildren, Alex Dickinson, Nickolas and Taylor Clifton, Ryane, John and Chris Yonce, Carly and John Stoy.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Nov. 7, 2012