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John Dickens

John Willard Dickens Sr.LaurensJohn Willard Dickens Sr. passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, October 29, 2018. Husband of Linda Cheek Dickens, he was just 73 years old. Anyone who knew John will tell you that he packed a lifetime of meaning into his brief time on earth. He was a successful businessman who gave back to his church and community. But above all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle - a good man who always put family first. To know John was to respect him, and love him.Born in Morganton, N.C., he was a son of the late Alvin Johnston Dickens Sr. and Hattie Mullis Dickens. A graduate of Appalachian State University, John spent 35 years in the banking industry. He served an honorary term as chairman of the South Carolina Bankers Association. He finished his banking career as CEO of M.S. Bailey & Sons, Bankers, faithfully serving Laurens County. John co-founded the Dickens Company and founded Carolina Consignment in 2009. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens.In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons - John Willard "Jake" Dickens II and wife Caroline of Greenville, and William Tyler "Will" Dickens of Simpsonville; three siblings - Martha Harvey of Granite Falls, N.C., Alvin Johnston Dickens Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and Henry Van Dickens of Morganton, N.C.; four grandchildren - Lillian Hayes Hagler, William McDowell Hagler, William Tyler "Witt" Dickens II and Michael "Hayes" Dickens. In addition, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws will join in remembering John for his kindness, and for his presence, whether it was a holiday dinner, a trip to the beach or mountains or 18 holes of golf and fellowship.A service to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1, at First Baptist Church 300 W. Main St., Laurens, conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson. The family will greet friends at the church after the service. Following visitation, they welcome friends to visit them at the home, 116 Todd Ave.A gift in John's memory can be made to First Baptist Church, 300 W. Main St., Laurens, SC 29360; or Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325.Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of John Dickens please visit our Sympathy Store.

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NOV 1. 11:00 PM (EDT)

First Baptist Church

300 West Main Street

Laurens, SC

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John Dickens will be missed by many who knew him. He loved to laugh and loved his family! May GOD and time be healing factors for you Linda and the rest of the family! Sincerely, Mell and Dianne Patterson

Dianne A. Patterson Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM

I shall always remember the wonderful times as a next door neighbor to John, Linda, Jake and Will on Inn Circle in Fountain Inn during the late sixties. John was always a kind, gentle man with great love for his family and the Laurens area. He shall be greatly missed by family, friends and community. My prayers are with the family.Brenda Garrett Wartman

brenda garrett wartman Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dickens family as you all grieve the loss of a wonderful husband,father, and grandfather.He loved you all so much and it was always so evident in the smile on his face as he related how each of you were doing and how proud he was of his family! Laurens has lost such a bright spot and sweet soul .We pray that your precious memories and God's love will comfort you as you all find a way to go on without him here. Just know that you have so many praying and willing to do whatever we can to help you ! Much love and many prayers,Calvin and Patti Owings

Calvin Owings Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

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LL Hatcher Roofing & Commercial Services, Inc. Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

Linda Jake and Will my prayers are with you today and weeks to come as you go thru this time in the loss of John. I spoke to him about a month ago at the grocery store. He looked good and we talked about old times at the bank. John was always nice to everyone and me. He told me to come to the store across from Silver Bay sadly I never got over there. He will surely be Missed.Prayers for all The Smarts. Joe Elaine And Jay :pray::skin-tone-2:

elaine Smart Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

We will miss John greatly. It was always a joy to wheel and deal with John at Carolina Consignment. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face when I walked in the door.Mark and Wanda Alexander

Wanda Alexander Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

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