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Lossie Dickerson

December 2, 1926 October 4, 2019
Lossie Dickerson
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Life Reflections of a Special Lady
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. II Timothy 4:7
Lossie Bertha Williams Dickerson was called from earthly labor to receive her heavenly reward on Friday evening, October 4, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Lossie Y. Dickerson Matthews, in Salters, SC
Mom, Mother Dickerson or Mom D, as she was affectionately called, was the youngest of ten children born to the union of the late Arthur and Ellie Dantzler Williams. She was born in Hodges, Greenwood County, South Carolina on December 2, 1926. She was educated in the Public school system of Greenwood County and graduated from Brewer High School in Hodges, SC.
Her Christian journey began at an early age at Pine Grove AME Church in Hodges, SC. After graduation from high school she relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and joined Emanuel Baptist Church. She became Catholic so that her children could attend catholic school but upon their graduation she sought the spirit of the traditional black church and joined Berean Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. James Milteer. She was a member of Berean for over 30 years and was a member of the Nurses Unit and choir. As she got older and was not able to journey to Berean, she attended Mediator Lutheran Church which was directly across from her home. While in South Carolina she attended her daughter’s church, Friendship Presbyterian Church USA in New Zion, South Carolina where she was warmly received, loved and referred to as Mother Dickerson.
On September 5, 1948 she was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Clarence James Dickerson. This union was blessed with two children.
She was never employed while her children were young but when they started high school she pursued her passion for nursing and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was employed by Inglis House Home for the Incurable until she was hurt on the job trying to keep her patient from being injured from falling. She had a passion for helping others, loved her job, loved her patients and always put their well being first. She often said that she would have remained employed at Inglis House until they “retired her”.
Mom D had such a loving personality and spirit that you could not help but fall in love with her almost immediately upon meeting her. Her beautiful smile was her trademark. Her home was where the neighborhood children would gather because they always felt loved at the home of Mom D. For years she was the treasurer of the 28th Street Block Association and was instrumental in the block keeping their trees and getting house lamps. Her family moved into the neighborhood in November 1962 and she was considered the Matriarch of 28th Street.
She was an Eastern Star and mastered all the degrees of this organization. She had a passion for singing which was evident in the many choirs that she was a member – Berean’s Senior & Mass choirs, OES (Order of Eastern Star) choir, Philadelphia Mass Choir, National Baptist Convention choir (formed when the National Baptist Convention was held in Philadelphia). She sang soprano and often said she would have loved to have been a “opera” singer. She loved gardening and each year tried to plant a small row of her favorite veggie in her yard. She had a passion for cooking and was well known for her Macaroni & Cheese. She loved her family and her home was the preferred location for any family gathering because of the love you felt upon entering. She also loved traveling and recently commented that between the Philadelphia Mass Choir and her daughter being a travel agent she was blessed to go/see places she would never dream of within and outside of the United States.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by eight siblings and her oldest child/only son, James Arthur Dickerson.
Loved one who will cherish her beautiful smile and fond memories forever are her loving and devoted daughter/caregiver, Lossie Y. (Rufus) Matthews of Salters, SC; special niece whom was like a daughter, Ruth Ann Harris of Philadelphia, PA; her sister, Lenora E. Williams of Philadelphia PA; a niece and nephews who was more like her children, Mary Evans and Irvin Frazier both of Philadelphia, PA, Casey Gillard of Anderson, SC; three sisters-in-law, Beulah Wallop, Doris Wallop & Esther Dickerson; two brothers-in-law, William Ray Dickerson and Irvin Austin; adopted daughters, Louise Jones & Valeria Lucas Watkins both of Pennsylvania; special friends Linda Hunter of Philadelphia, PA, Lillian Lucas of Hopkins, SC and a special friend/caregiver, Catherine Keels of Salters, SC; adopted grandchildren – Rodney Burgess, Kelly & Brooke Matthews all of Pennsylvania; adopted great grandchildren – Brandon Matthews of South Carolina, Michael & Brittany Matthews of Pennsylvania & Adrianna Matthews of Texas; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


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Visitation

Tuesday

8

Oct

1:00 PM 10/8/2019 1:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 10/8/2019 5:00:00 PM
Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home

404 E Main Street
Kingstree, S C s9556

Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home
404 E Main Street Kingstree s9556 S C
United States

Service

Wednesday

9

Oct

11:00 AM 10/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home

404 E Main Street
Kingstree, S C s9556

Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home
404 E Main Street Kingstree s9556 S C
United States
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