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George A. Dickerson

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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George A. Dickerson, 70, Coal Bluff, Ind., passed away Monday, Jan. 30, on the morning of his 70th birthday at his home in Coal Bluff after a year long battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Terre Haute to George and Rosemary Richey Dickerson.

George married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Sue Smith, on Aug. 7, 1960. They enjoyed 51 years of a full life.

George retired from the laborers union local No. 204 after 30 years.

George and his family were active in the old time hoe down square dancing community.

George was an avid square dance caller, insisting on calling to live music and calling square dances in the old time hoe down venue.

George and Wanda were members of the Old Time Fiddlers Association, where George was president for more than 20 years.

George was deeply involved with volunteer work through the area #7 ageing and disability agency.

In 2010, he was named volunteer of the year.

He worked with many local nursing homes, arranging live music and square dancing to the residents delight.

In addition to his many hours of volunteer work, he was deeply devoted to his wife and family.

He is survived by his parents, wife Wanda, three children George and wife Jamie Dickerson, Molly and husband Mike Varvel and Mark and wife Lisa Dickerson, sister Angel Dickerson, brother Hubert Dickerson, six grandchildren Matt, Bill, Moriah, Lindsey, Joe and Emily, and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was a great champion to his grandchildren, from being a driving force in Matt, and Bill's music careers to Moriah and Lindsey's softball games and Joe and Emily's band activities.

George and Wanda enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and crisscrossing the United States often with her sisters and their husbands from Florida to Texas to Montana and California.

He loved yard saleing, flea markets and auctions, frequently coming away with the deal of the day and all of the best free stuff around.

George also enjoyed horseback riding his dogs and riding his scooter, playing cards, drinking coffee and eating sweets, grilling outside in any weather and watching western movies, the Sci-Fi channel and Storage Wars. There was never a dull moment with George.

Services will be Friday at 8 p.m., at Mattox Wood Funeral Home and Crematory, 4660 Lafayette Avenue.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m., until service time. Rev. Bill Herb will officiate.