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In Memory of

Thomas Dickson

April 24, 1936 - April 14, 2017

Obituary


Thomas Dickson passed away peacefully on 14 April 2017 in Cary, N.C. surrounded by loved ones, at age 80.

He was born in Darlington, South Carolina on 24 April 1936 to Helen Dickson. As a child, he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, Herman Dickson. In high school, Thomas was on the football team and earned a varsity letter; however, he always maintained an academic interest in history. He graduated from William McFarland High School in Bordentown, New Jersey as Thomas Wingate, as his mother married World War II veteran, George Wingate. After...

Thomas Dickson passed away peacefully on 14 April 2017 in Cary, N.C. surrounded by loved ones, at age 80.

He was born in Darlington, South Carolina on 24 April 1936 to Helen Dickson. As a child, he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, Herman Dickson. In high school, Thomas was on the football team and earned a varsity letter; however, he always maintained an academic interest in history. He graduated from William McFarland High School in Bordentown, New Jersey as Thomas Wingate, as his mother married World War II veteran, George Wingate. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Army (as Thomas Dickson) and was stationed in Germany while assigned to the 38th Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, he served four additional years in the United States Army Reserves.

After his honorable discharge from military service, he married Lynn Urquhart; they had one child, Thomas George Dickson of Brooklyn, New York. He met his second wife (Gwendolyn Lewis) while working at the US Post Office as a letter carrier in New York. From this marriage there were two children; Leonora Jeannine Dickson of Accokeek, MD, and Todd Lewis Dickson of Queens, NY.

Thomas was an enthusiast of the performing arts and an avid reader. He particularly enjoyed reading history books while often listening to jazz; vacations typically included long drives to places of historical significance.

These interests only increased after he retired from a career as a computer operator, and moved to Cary, NC. He valued spending time with friends and family, and enjoyed meeting new people especially while walking his dog, Fatima.

He is survived by his children, other family members, and the many friends and neighbors of Cary, NC who supported him during his long illness and final days.

A memorial service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday June 24th at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.