SANFORD — Thomas Coleman Dickerson, 86, of Sanford, passed away Monday (01/10/22) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

He was born in Vance County on Feb. 18, 1935, to John Thomas Dickerson and Fannie Faucette Dickerson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Dickerson Foushee; four sisters; and two brothers.

Mr. Dickerson was a self-employed acoustical tile installer. He loved men’s softball and coached for 15 years. Even after retirement, he was an avid attender of games and made many friends, many of whom looked to him as a mentor and father figure.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Meeks Dickerson; son, Dale Dickerson of Elon; daughters Mitzi Johnson, Terry Lynn Dickerson and Tonya Bourgeois, all of Sanford; brother, Tony Dickerson of Franklinton; two sisters Betty Crews and Jane Bridges of Franklinton; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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