Jerry Douglas Dickson was born on January 3, 1940 to Douglas and Willie Mae Dickson in Decatur, Texas. Jerry married Stephanie Stine on June 3, 1978. Jerry was called home to be with the Lord on October 16, 2020 at Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano.
Jerry was a man who loved his family and God fiercely. He grew up in Decatur and Jacksboro with his younger brother Ken. They had grand adventures walking to friends’ homes, riding bikes and going to nickel movies throughout childhood. Jerry learned to give to others from a young age. His parents taught him that to give is to love your fellow man. Jerry graduated from Jacksboro High School as a member of the class of 1958. Jerry served in the US Army from 1961-1963 stationed in Korea. After his service, Jerry earned his BS in education from the University of North Texas.
Jerry began his 31-year career in education in 1965, first in Lewisville as a chemistry teacher for one year. He continued his education while teaching by earning his MS in Counseling from UNT. He moved on to North Richland Hills High School as a chemistry teacher and then counselor for four years. Jerry then sought out a new challenge as an adjunct professor at Prairie View A&M, Bishop Hills campus, for three years. Public education and leadership were his passion, so Jerry returned to UNT to earn his MS in administrative leadership. He then returned to Ferris High School as principal for five years. Jerry met Stephanie while working in Ferris and their 42-and-a-half-year love affair began. With Stephanie, Jerry was able to pursue all of his goals and dreams as a family man and professional educator. Jerry served with dedication as Superintendent of Schools in Roxton for 2 years, Rotan for 4 years and finally Whitesboro for 11 years. Settling in Whitesboro, Jerry raised his family with Stephanie with great joy. Family time was filled with laughter and love. Each summer was spent sharing his love of travel and exploring as a family. Jerry shared his love of football with his son John and did his best to explain the game to daughter Jody. Jerry loved to spend time hunting and later photographing wildlife on the farm in Jacksboro. He and Stephanie loved traveling in their camper, finding new places to discover. Jerry was an avid reader, crossword puzzler, and lifelong learner. He loved and was active in his community as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Whitesboro. He loved the fellowship of his church family.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Willie Mae Dickson of Jacksboro.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 42 years, Stephanie Dickson of Whitesboro; daughter, Jody Dickson of Aubrey; son, John Dickson (Mary) of Rockwall; grandchildren; Ella and Luke Dickson; brother, Ken Dickson (Jan) of Aubrey; brothers-in-law, Stuart Stine (Sue) of Slidell, Louisiana; and Stephen Stine (Laurie) of Tyler; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m..
In accordance with CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be observed during the service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the First United Methodist Church of Whitesboro, 122 S Union St., Whitesboro TX 76273, or UMCOR online at https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/give/how-to-give#Your_Gift or by mail to 458 Ponce De Leon Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 3038.
So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So very sorry for the loss of a great and wonderful man. I have many fond memories of Mr. Dickson throughout my childhood. My condolences to the Dickson family.
Sorry to hear of the loss to the Dickson family. Such a wonderful man and very caring individual. He will be missed. Prayers for them all!!
I cannot believe my dear friend is gone. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. I will always cherish the memories of those crazy times we shared. Jerry was the Best.
Stephanie, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. Praying for peace, strength, and comfort during this difficult time.
We are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. Please know that your family is in our prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We enjoyed so much being with him on rare occasions. He leaves a big hole. We will miss him very much.
Our deepest sympathies and prayers to your family.
So very sorry we know he will be missed God bless you all and peace be with you if we can be of any help let us know
Stephanie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time as you work through your loss.
My heart is hurting for you and your family Jody.
Love and prayers for all of you.
Prayers for all of you, as you travel this next journey. With heartfelt sympathy, Janice Phelps
We sending you our prayers and blessings during this time of loss and sorrow. Hold on to and celebrate all the wonderful memories of your life together.
Peace and Grace to all of you.
Roy and I were privileged to know Jerry ad the Dickson family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a kind, ethical, honest gentleman, who has left his mark on his church and community. A life well lived and an example well presented. God bless you all as you grieve, and we share in your wonderful memories and celebration of Jerry’s life.
We are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. We hold you all in our hearts and pray for comfort and peace.
I am so sad to hear of the loss of a great man, husband, father and friend. He will be dearly missed by many. My prayers for your sorrow.
My condolences to all. Jerry was a good man and left many fond childhood memories as a Bearcat. Prayers for the Dickson family.
What a special man! Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
I’m so sorry to hear. He was a great man. Prayers ?
Prayers and peace for the family
Our love and prayers are with you sweet cousin and your entire family.
Our prayers are with the family and God received another great man.RIP JERRY U WILL be missed by many.
May God grant you His Peace and Love. I will miss you, Jerry.
Dan and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Ken’s brother. I know they were close and he will be missed. Our condolences to the whole family.
So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing.
Praying for you, Jody, and your family. Sending love and hugs to you all.
Sending my love to all of Jerry’s family! I am saddened by his passing and will always appreciate the warmth and welcome he and Stephanie gave me while in Texas.
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
I am so sad to learn of this loss for the Dickson family. My prayers will be for all of you, asking for strength and comfort. Love and blessing to you!
We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Stephanie and kids, you are in our prayers. May the good Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Dr. and Mrs. David Bertino