William Bert Dickens, Jr

Born: Mon., Oct. 23, 1916
Died: Tue., Jan. 16, 2007

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William Bert Dickens, Jr., age 90, of Fort Worth, TX, formerly of Sparta, GA, was called home to be with his heavenly father on January 16, 2007. He was born on October 23, 1916 in Hancock County to the late William Bert Dickens, Sr. and Lorene McKinney Dickens. He graduated from Sparta High School and attended Business School in Milledgeville, GA for two years. In his younger years people would bring their paperwork in cardboard boxes for him to prepare their taxes. He also worked for the Georgia Speaker of the House, Marvin Moate. Mr. Dickens was the owner and operator of Sparta Building Supply until it burned. Then he worked as a car dealer in Sandersville, GA. After his wife, Artholene Thompson Dickens died, he moved to Pensacola Beach, FL in 1999 to be close to his daughter, Marilyn and her family and in 2002 moved to Fort Worth, TX to Town Village Ridgmar Retirement Home to be close to his daughter, Beverly. He was a member of Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church of Sparta.

Mr. Dickens was preceded in death by his wife, Artholene Thompson Dickens; and a sister, Necia Dickens Clement. He is survived by two daughters, Beverly D. Rudder and husband Gary of Fort Worth, TX and Marilyn D. McDonald and husband Tracy of Pensacola Beach, FL; granddaughter, Lauren McDonald; grandson, Travis McDonald; a niece, Martha Clement Caire of Atlanta, GA; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church in Sparta, GA with Rev. Ted Staton officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Doug Knighton, Tracy McDonald, Tommy McDonald, Tom Roberts, Travis McDonald and Gary Rudder. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the funeral home. The family requests that any memorials be made to Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church, 716 Boland Street, Sparta, GA 31087, or John Hancock Academy, Linton Road, Sparta, GA 31087. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Scarlet Southern
   Posted Tue January 16, 2007
I will always remember Uncle Bill with happiness in my heart. Times with him were full of laughter and good jokes. He is ever present in my fondest childhood memories of summer family reunions at the lakehouse. He was wonderful with all of us kids and generous to everyone. He will be missed.

Mickey Brown
   Posted Sat January 20, 2007
Dear Marilyn & Tracy, Bev & Gary and families, Uncle Bill left us with a lot of fun memories to share and he will always be a part of our lives. Lake Sinclair with Uncle Bill & Aunt Artholene was the highlight of our summer vacations. He was never old! Love, Mickey, Betty & Leo Pierce