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ALMA MAY DICKERSON
November 5, 1934 – February 2, 2013
ALMA MAY DICKERSONNovember 5, 1934 – February 2, 2013
RALEIGH - Alma May Dickerson, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh surrounded by her loving family and dear friend of 47 years, Mary Anderson.

Alma was born in Louisburg, North Carolina, the daughter of Willie Elias and Eleanor Shearin May.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Frederick Clegg Dickerson; two sisters, Lucille May Romero, and husband Paul Varella, and Doris May Dickerson, and husband James Harold; two brothers, Vernon Glenn May and James Elton May; and brother-in-law Roger Wright Dickerson.

Shortly after graduating from Mills High School in Louisburg, Alma married and moved to Germany where Fred was stationed.  She lived there for two years and developed a great love for Germany and Europe.  She and Fred traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia, revisiting favorite cities and exploring new ones. Alma was a wonderful mother and was happiest when she was surrounded by her children, family and friends.  She was an active member of St Mark’s United Methodist Church for more than 35 years where she was deeply involved in the Circle of Love, Care Givers and the Walter Anderson class.  Alma was an accomplished pianist and played for the Walter Anderson class and family events.  She was involved in numerous volunteer activities with favorites being Meals on Wheels and playing piano for Vespers services at The Oaks at Mayview.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg.  Funeral service will be at 2 pm, in the Chapel with the Reverend Rhonda Maurer officiating.  Burial at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg will immediately follow the service.

She is survived by children Dawn Chilton, and husband Zack of Eden, Tony Dickerson, and wife Paula of Fuquay-Varina, Rita Chambers, and husband Dave of Cary and Chris Dickerson, and wife Jennifer of Wendell;  grandchildren, Alison Hall of Apex, Heidi Gainey, and husband Channing of Fuquay-Varina, Heather Camp, and husband Ben of Raleigh, Holly Dickerson, of Fuquay-Varina and Barrett Chambers, of Cary; great-grandchildren Eric, Jacob and Sarah Gainey of Fuquay-Varina, Erin Hall of Apex and Hayden Camp of Raleigh; brothers Elmo May, and wife Dovie, and Douglas May, and wife Janet, both of Louisburg; sister Shirley Southall, and husband Wilbur of Louisburg; sisters-in-law, Eula May of Wake Forest, Peggy May Purdue, and husband Kenneth of Louisburg, and Merle Fergerson, and husband Charlie of Durham; and brothers-in-law, Ashley “Buddy” Dickerson, and wife Frances of Kinston, Maurice Dickerson, and wife Zuria of Spring Hope, Ivan Dickerson, and wife Yvonne of Rocky Mount, and Phil Dickerson of Greenville.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.  

Alma was a resident of Brighton Gardens of Raleigh for the past 2 years where the staff affectionately referred to her as Mama.  Her children would like to thank the staff at Brighton Gardens and Rex Hospital for their compassionate and loving care.

Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.

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