Ernest Wayne Dickey
Ernest Wayne Dickey, 73, passed away on April 11, 2013 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following an illness.
Wayne was born on January 16, 1940 in Lake Wales, Fl., to Raymond Ernest Dickey and Ruth Geneva. Following his graduation from Lake Wales High School, he spent his life protecting the public in various aspects of law enforcement.
Wayne served as a military policeman in the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. He was also a police officer with Lake Wales Police Department and clerk with the FBI before beginning his career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Wayne was a pioneer in FDLE's intelligence community and a member of FDLE for more than 35 years. He started with FDLE as a duty officer in 1968 and through the years served the citizens of Florida as a Special Agent, Special Agent Supervisor, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Bureau Chief and Chief of the Florida Intelligence Center. Although he retired in 2003, Wayne continued his service as a FDLE Reserve Special Agent and as the Intelligence Director for the Florida Intelligence Unit. Wayne represented FDLE and the Florida intelligence community through his service to the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units, Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Florida Intelligence Unit and Interpol.
During his time at FDLE, he was honored with a Distinguished Group Award and Distinguished Supervisor Award. He received dozens of thank you letters from other law enforcement agencies and citizens commending him on various investigations. He was a highly respected law enforcement officer.
While Wayne loved FDLE, his true love was his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane. Wayne is survived by Mary Jane and three children, son Ernest Wayne Dickey, Jr., son John Dickey and wife Kathryn, and daughter Denise and husband Chris Slowick.
He is survived by 5 beloved grandchildren, Jay, Skylar, Christopher, Jonmichael and Ally, and niece Valorie and husband Carl DeWitt.
Wayne will always be remembered for his kindness, warm smile and generosity. He will be missed by many friends both in and out of Law Enforcement. He has been a member of the Christ Episcopal Church for over 40 years.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Monticello Christ Episcopal Church, North Jefferson Street in Monticello.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be given to the
in Wayne's name.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 15, 2013