A lifelong Dixon Springs Community farmer, James C. Dickens died at 1:11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 with his family at his bedside at Alive Hospice at the Skyline Madison Campus, where he was admitted only hours earlier from the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital. Mr. Dickens was 87.
Funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral on Sunday, Jan. 28 with his son-in-law, Eld. Jerry Driver, and grandson, Bro. Stetson Hall, officiating. Burial followed in the T.V.A. section at the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
One of only two children, he was born James Chesley Dickens in the Dixon Springs Community on June 28, 1930 and was the son of the late Marvin Johnson Dickens, who died at the age of 67 on April 14, 1973 and Maggie Dee Dias Dickens, who died at the age of 79 on Oct. 30, 1984.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Douglas Dickens Claridy, who died June 6, 1999 at the age of 76.
He was united in marriage on May 30, 1953 to the former Edna Mae Wallace. The ceremony was performed at the Smith County Courthouse by then-Smith County Court Clerk, the late Leonard Harville.
Mr. and Mrs. Dickens sadly lost a son to cancer on Sept. 9, 2015 at the age of 55. Phillip Anthony (Dobie) Dickens died at his Wilburn Hollow home with his family at his bedside.
Mr. Dickens proudly remembered his being saved as a boy at an October revival meeting at the Dixon Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was then baptized into the full fellowship of the church, where he remained a faithful member until his death.
He proudly served our country with the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class at Camp Pickett, VA, on May 17, 1952.
Surviving in addition to his wife of almost 65 years are: daughter-in-law, Janet Driver Dickens; three children, Vickie Dee (Jerry) Driver of Pea Ridge, Stanley K. (Teresa) Dickens of Hartsville, Candace (Rick) Hall of Hartsville; 10 grandchildren, J.D. (Nicki) Driver, Mitchell Dickens, Richard Driver, Amanda (Chris) Hicks, Carrie Beth (Adam) Wright, Holly Dickens (Nick) Harper, twins Stetson and Lyndsey Hall, Terrish Bilbrey and Brent Bilbrey; 10 great-grandchildren.