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John Wilburn 'Bill' Dickson, Jr, 78, died at his home in
Kingsport, TN, with his family by his side on August 24,
2011, after a valiant 20-month battle with cancer.
Born in Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN, on August 2, 1933,
Bill, a Kingsport native, was a graduate of Dobyns-
Bennett, LMU and ETSU. At DB, Bill was a catcher for the
baseball team and was a member of the 1952 State
Championship team. He went on to catch at LMU, where the
team won several championships and he was inducted into
their Sports Hall of Fame. He served in the US Army at
Fort Rucker, AL, was a TSSAA official for 40-years, taught
and coached at Ketron High School, taught Driver Training
at Dobyns-Bennett and then left education to work at
Holston Defense for 31 years, 8 months, 18 days and 35
minutes, as a Safety Technologist. Bill was a charter
member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and was a current
member of First Presbyterian Church. He served as a Deacon
in both churches. He was a life-long blood donor at Marsh
Blood Bank, where he donated 17 gallons of blood. Bill was
known for delivering red carnations at Valentines' Day and
making homemade pimento cheese. He was very proud of his
family and stressed the importance of education. He saw
all of his children graduate from college and post-graduate
schools with a total of 13 degrees.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John
Wilburn Dickson, Sr. and Carrie H. Dickson; his brother,
Charles Hicks Dickson; and sister, Agnes D. Wininger.
He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife of 53
years, Elizabeth 'Betty' Sitgreaves Dickson, whom Bill
credited with raising their six children, Katherine D.
Emerson and husband Doug, of Chattanooga, TN, Cynthia D.
Sharitt and husband Don, of Columbus, GA, Billie D. Walden
and husband Cleon, of Goose Creek, SC, Sally D. Hull and
husband Dan, of Australia, John W. Dickson, III and wife
Stephanie, of Smyrna, GA, and Joseph W. Dickson, of
Houston, TX; his sisters, Louise D. Hawk and Peggy D.
Harvey; sister-in-law, Ann L. Dickson, all of Kingsport,
TN; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and
numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 27,
2011, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral
Homes, Kingsport, and on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from
1 p.m. - 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport.
Services will follow at 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian
Church, with the Rev. Dr. David A. Cagle officiating,
graveside services to follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Waverly Road
Food Pantry at 1415 Waverly Road, Kingsport, TN 37664,
423-247-5121, or First Presbyterian Church at 100 West
Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660, 423-245-0104.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the