RICHARD ELMO (DICK) DICKERSON
PORT. ST. LUCIE, FLA. - Richard Elmo (Dick) Dickerson, 69, of Port St. Lucie, Florida (formerly from LaPlata, Maryland) passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his loving wife on November 6, 2013. Dick was born in Lawrenceville, IL and raised in Willis, VA. He attended a one-room school from first through sixth grade and graduated from Hillsville High School in Hillsville VA. He spent his entire working career in the construction industry.
Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968. He received his basic training at Fort Benning, GA and advanced training at Fort Polk, LA. Dick was stationed at Patch Barracks and Robinson Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany where he worked in the post office. Dick also served as an Army Standby Reservist from 1968 to 1971. Following his military service Dick settled in LaPlata, MD. In 1993 Dick started Dickerson Construction, Inc. For the next ten years Dick designed and constructed projects in the Southern Maryland tri-county area. In 2003 Dick and Terri retired and had ten wonderful years living in FL. They were together constantly, enjoyed traveling, and playing lots of golf. In March 2010 Dick was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and has had constant chemotherapy to fight this incurable disease. Dick fought hard to get the most out of each day. He continued to play golf and was determined to maintain his life as close to normal as possible. Dick was truly an inspiration to all his family and friends. When someone asked Dick how he felt, his response was always "I'm fine. There's nothing wrong with me." Dick never wanted anyone to worry about him. He always had a positive attitude and a friendly smile for everyone.
Dick is survived by his wife, Teresa Kay (Terri) Dickerson who were blessed to have been married for 30 wonderful years; Daughter Teresa Lynn Peters and her husband Denis from Elliston, VA; Daughter Sharon Renee Ingram and her husband Wendel from Salem, VA; Son Paul Shane Markham and his wife Suze from LaPlata, MD; Son Richard Steven Dickerson from Big Stone Gap, VA; Myra Elizabeth Dickerson from Big Stone Gap, VA; Granddaughter Sarah Jean Morris, her husband Andrew, and great-grandchildren Natalie Jane and Jaxon Andrew from Floyd, VA; Grandson Steven Michael Harris, his wife Brandy, and great-grandchildren Kadence Jeanette, Kayley Jade, and Bristol Lynn from Pawcatuk, CT; Grandson Jacob Randall Harris, his wife Candace, great-grandchildren Dylan Lee and Makayla Leighann and step great-grandchildren Neenah White and Sophie Davis from Draper, VA; Brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dick and Sharon Menk from Pekin, IL and Sebring, FL. Dick is also survived by 4 nieces, (Heather, Tara, Kathy, Teresa), 1 nephew (Jeff), 4 great-nieces (Patty, Karli, Reagan, Courtney), 7 great-nephews (Joe, Josh, John, Dillon, Dalys, Tyler and Logan), 2 great-great nieces (Shelby and Gabby) and 4 great-great nephews. (Damien, Dacien, Jude, Clayton). Dick is additionally survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins throughout the country. Dick is predeceased by his parents, Elmo Earl Dickerson and Joyce Margaret Johnston Dickerson, and one brother Dwayne Dexter Dickerson In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607.
SERVICES: Visitation will be held at Arehart Echols Funeral Home in LaPlata, MD on November 12, 2013 from 3:00 to 8:00 with a Eulogy at 7:00. Funeral service will be held at Arehart Echols Funeral Home on November 13, 2013 at 11:00 followed by internment at Trinity Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at Hammock Creek Golf Course in Palm City, Florida at a later date.
LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS THAT WE TAKE. BUT RATHER BY THE MOMENTS IN OUR LIFE THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY.