REVEREND KEVIN BERNARD DICKEY, 38, devoted husband, father, son, brother, great grandson, and Pastor went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2002. He graduated from Evan Worthing High School, class of 1982 and was an accomplished athlete, playing football, basketball and track. Kevin received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Slidell Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kevin coached his daughters' Westland YMCA basketball team, "The Comets". Kevin was a dynamic, powerful and charismatic teacher, preacher and shepherd who taught the word of God at New Bethel Baptist Church. He was also a conscientious professional driver for HISD students for seven years with a perfect driving record. Kevin worked with the following ministries: Brentwood BC, New Faith BC, Progressive New Hope BC, Windsor Village UMC, the Union Baptist Association of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Inner Change Freedom Initiative Prison Ministry, Brookhollow BC, Good Hope BC, Antioch BC, Visionary Community BC, South Union MBC and New Light Ministries, in addition to his pastorate at New Bethel BC. Additionally, he worked with Christian Unity, Greater New Hope MBC and Springhill Missionary BC in New Orleans and Germaine Publications in Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Bernice Bright Dickey; daughter, Miriam Anna Dickey; mother, Laverne Roberts; brothers, Anthony Glenn Dickey and Gerald Wayne Dickey, Frank Roberts; sister, Charolette Roberts; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlotta Bright Williams and Lawrence Williams, Jr., and Jeanette Bright White and Earl White, Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana; great-grandmother, Eliza Roundtree of Huntsville, Texas; three nephews and one niece, numerous relatives, the New Bethel Church family, and a host of friends, co-laborers in the ministry, co-workers and students who rode his HISD bus. NAOMI ELIZA DICKEY was born April 7, 1991, in Houston, Texas and went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2002. "Princess #1" Naomi Eliza Dickey, 10, loving daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, great granddaughter and great-great granddaughter was a 5th grade honor roll student at Light Christian Academy. She also attended The Imani School and Herod Elementary Dual Language Program, and she was an excellent student of God's word. As a scholar, she excelled in academic endeavors winning 1st Place in her school's science fair two consecutive years, and represented her school both in the ASCI Spelling Bee and Math competitions. Naomi also played on the Westland YMCA summer Basketball team, "The Comets" and LCA's intramural basketball team. She loved to dance and used her gift unto the lord in the ministry of praise dancing. She was an avid reader and received trophies and recognition for successfully completing the summer reading programs sponsored by Houston and Fort Bend's Public Libraries. Naomi was a member of the New Bethel BC choir and praise dance team. She is survived by her mother, Bernice Bright Dickey, younger sister, Miriam Anna Dickey; grandmother, Laverne Roberts; great grandfather, Morris "Jim" Temple of New Orleans, Louisiana; great-great grandmother, "Big Momma" Eliza Roundtree of Huntsville, Texas; aunts, "Big Tee-Tee" Charolette Roberts, and "Lil Tee-Tee" Charlotta Bright Williams and Jeanette Bright White of New Orleans, Louisiana; uncles, Anthony Glenn Dickey, Gerald Wayne Dickey, Frank Roberts, and Lawrence Williams, Jr., and Earl White, Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana; god mother, Juliette Pierce Davis; numerous relatives, the New Bethel Church family, a host of friends and fellow students at Light Christian Academy. At the Pastors' request, no funeral will be held, however, a celebration of their lives and Holy Ghost party is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2002 at Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark, Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff, Pastor, Rev. D. Z. Cofield, officiating. In memory of Pastor Dickey & Naomi, please dress in colorful attire. In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to a custodial account at Washington Mutual #412-686836-8 for Miriam Ann Dickey the one year old daughter and sister that survived the tragic accident. Our loved ones have been placed in the caring and capable hands of our Funeral Director, Troy B. Smith and the staff of McCoy & Harrison Funeral Home.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 8, 2002.