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Richard Otis Dickerson Sr. (Dick), 77, of Gloucester, passed away in his home after bravely fighting cancer for nearly six years, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Ellis Dickerson and Mae Elizabeth Dedrick, and brother, Jerry Dickerson.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Shelby of 57 years; his incredible children, Cindy Ruehrmund (John) and Ricky Dickerson Jr.; his beloved grandchildren, Brandi Jones (Wesley) and Kenny Martin, and the light of his life, his great-grandchildren, Brayden, Juliana, and Richie. He is also survived by his brothers, George Dickerson (Barbara) and Harold Dickerson (Mary), and many other family members. 

Richard retired from the shipyard after 41 years. He was a hardworking, loving, generous, and well-respected man. He never met a stranger. 

Richard loved to hunt, fish, and chauffeur his wife to numerous dancing events, while being amused and entertained by his ballerina. 

Shelby and family want to extend a special thank you to Richard’s extraordinary medical team, NP Shannon Burris, Dr. Bruce Booth, and his sweet Olivia. Thank you for giving Richard five+ years of quality time. We would also like to thank our miracle man, Dr. Joseph Lombard, whose magical dental skills are only matched by his compassion for his many patients. 

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Reedswood Christian Church in Gloucester. Visitation was at 6 p.m. with the service at 7. 

To my darling Richard, 

Once in a lifetime there comes a man, who enriches your life like no one else can. Thank you, God, for sending Richard to me, when You call me home we’ll share eternity. 

I love you, Richard, 

Your little dumpling Shelby 

Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.