Bro. Jim, age 80, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday with his loving wife of 57 years, Joan, at his side. Jim was born Oct. 28, 1932 in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Jeff and Mary Dickson. He married Joan on Sept. 10, 1955. They raised four children while living in Memphis and Gulf Breeze, Fla., at which time Jim was employed by the railroad. They spent many years working with the youth at First Baptist of Gulf Breeze. Jim attended Florida Baptist College and served as a pastor in Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. His final pastorate was at Northside Baptist Church in DeLand. Jim is survived by Joan, four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services will be held Friday morning at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asked that you make a donation in Jim's name to the ministry of your choice.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 1, 2013