Lee Dickson, the patriarch of the Dickson clan, passed on to a better place on November 26, 2020. He was born in Benton Harbor, MI, on October 6, 1940, in his home which was a street car, to Orville and Elnora Dickson. He was a 1958 graduate of Berrien Spring High School. This is where he met and was married to Madelon Calay Dickson on a cold day in November. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 9, 2020.
They moved to Springville, Tennessee in 1972, where they grew tomatoes and strawberries while they built Britton Ford Campground. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Boy, he could sell some pumpkins. He was a strong family man who was respected and adored. A man of high moral standards who had a strong sense of right and wrong. Much to the dismay of his offspring, he was always right. He was a man of many interests. He enjoyed traveling with his bride, playing cards with family and friends, enjoyed golf but, most of all, loved to tease and joke around. Things most important to Lee were God, family, friends, neighbors, and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. You could find Lee on any given weekend riding on his golf cart and visiting with his B.F.C. family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Elnora Dickson; two children, Madelon Marie Dickson and Matthew James Dickson; his sister, Joan; brother-in-law, Dean Zerby; and grandson, Trent Dickson.
He is survived by his wife Madelon; brother Jim (Cheryl) Dickson; four children, which he was immensely proud of, Scott (Janice) Dickson, Lisa (Richard) Smith, Anthony Dickson, and Mindy Carter. He also is the loving grandfather to eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, as well as a multitude of in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. Due to church Covid-19 restrictions, a private family funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 11:00 am and can be viewed live on the Holy Cross YouTube channel. (See Link Below)
A graveside committal service will be open to the public and will begin at approximately 12:15 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Memorial Cemetery in Paris. This service will also be live-streamed. (See Link Below). Burial will follow the committal service.
Pallbearers will be Josh Dickson, Zac Luckey, Ryan Smith, Casey Smith, Steve Summers, and Stephen Harrison.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256 or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.