William Eric Dickinson, Sr.

March 8, 1946 - June 24, 2022 Hockessin, DE | Age 76

William Eric Dickinson Sr. was born on March 8, 1946 to the late Harold and Margaret Dickinson, in West Grove, PA. He was the eldest of four children. William departed this life at his home in Hockessin, DE on Friday, June 24, 2022 with his family by his side.

William graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1964. While in school William was an exceptional student and an outstanding athlete excelling in track & field. After graduation William enlisted in the United States Army in 1964 serving four years. While serving his country, William was deployed to Germany and was a Radio Repair Specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1968.

William met the love of his life Flossie in the summer of 1964 at the Oxford carnival leaving him speechless for the first & only time in his life and would later wed on January 27, 1968. They celebrated 54 years of undying love in January of 2022. To their union, they have two amazing children Renee Trenace, and William Eric Jr.

William was employed at DuPont Chemicals Company for 25 years as Managing Sales Director, before retiring in 1993. Upon his retirement from DuPont, William worked for Delaware Blueprint before eventually acquiring the business & becoming the sole operating owner. Most recently, William worked part-time at Nichols & Associates, CPA in Wilmington, DE.

William began his spiritual journey at Christ Temple Church in Kennett Square, PA. He was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the Holy Ghost. He became an Ordained Deacon under the mentorship of Deacon Everett Butcher and became a beloved Young Adult Sunday School Teacher. Being obedient to the voice of the Lord, William founded the Fellowship Hope Church of Middletown, DE in 2002.

In October of 1972, William became a member of the prestigious DuPont Country Club of Wilmington, DE. Here he learned golf was not a game of being perfect but only a game that could only be played but never won. His persistence to be better and love for the game made him a fierce competitor and worthy opponent to all his peers.

William, also known to some as Bill, Uncle Bill, a hero, was a gift to the world and will live forever in our hearts. His infectious smile and inviting personality brought warmth & joy to all he encountered. William was a self-driven, motivated man that worked hard to achieve any goal he set forth. He was meticulous and his attention to detail was thorough for every project. He had an amazing ability to brighten your day with a compliment or share his wisdom with anyone who needed advice. He was very well respected and was influential throughout his circles of family and friends. William showed great appreciation for life and all it had to offer. The legacy that he leaves encompasses Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” William enjoyed spending time with his family and spreading love through the Word of God.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold Oscar & Margaret M. Dickinson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 54 years Florence L. Dickinson, his daughter Renee T. Dickinson Mamouzette (Woody) of Livingston, NJ, his son William E. Dickinson, Jr. (Jennifer) of Lancaster, SC; Grandchildren, Jordan Mamouzette, Sean Mamouzette, Mya Mamouzette of Livingston, NJ; Sisters, Ida Reeves of West Grove, PA, Shirley Alston of Exton, PA and brother Harold Dickinson Jr. (Betty) of Bear, DE.

In-laws Samuel L. Reeves (Helen) of Avondale, PA, Elsie Reeves of Oxford, PA, Richard H. Reeves of Rising Sun, MD, James R. Reeves (Donna) of Glen Mills, PA. and Wanda Reeves of Wilmington, DE, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

William was predeceased by Joseph Reeves, Paul Reeves, Guy Reeves and Robert Reeves.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the New Destiny Fellowship Church, 906 16th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 from 8 AM – 10 AM where services will begin at 10 AM. Burial to follow at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd, Bear, DE 19701.

Services

Funeral Service

July 7, 2022 10 AM New Destiny Fellowship Church
906 16th Street
Wilmington, DE 19802

Guestbook

  1. To the Dickinson family, I was a KHS Classmate until he moved. He was a good friend and student. After school graduation, I never ran into him again, but he was always a student who you remembered.

    Ralph Hunter | July 21, 2022 at 4:22 PM
  2. To the Dickinson family, Bill and I met on the DuPont CC Golf course in 1994. Being among the few Blacks who were members, we naturally gravity to one another. The rest is history.

    Our spiritual bonding and our love for the game of golf grew us closer together as friends over years.
    I will always remember him going forward when I hit a good golf shot saying “Bill, you Sandbagger you!” This will forever put a smile on my face.

    RIP Bill…

    My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

    William H. Briggs | July 7, 2022 at 4:34 PM
  3. My sincere condolences to Flossie and family. Mr Dickinson was always a kind and caring man to me and my family over the years that we knew him. He always checked on us and gave need advice at the right time. I will miss his wisdom, words of encouragement and smile, he will always have a place in me and my family’s heart and will be greatly missed.❤️🙏🏾

    Terry Fountain-Goodwin and Family

    Terry Fountain | July 7, 2022 at 9:27 AM
  4. To the Dickinson family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Dickinson was a great man with a unforgettable smile. May you find strength and comfort during time .

    Sincerely, Patrick John and family

    Patrick John | July 6, 2022 at 10:56 PM
  5. Cousin Flossie and Family,
    My deepest condolence to you and your family. I’ll never forget Billie’s great smile and our talks over the years.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Suzy and Jeff Wolfe

    Arden A Lantz | July 6, 2022 at 9:12 PM
  6. Pops you will be missed on Brittany Dr. No more BSing on the porch. Friends forever Your buddies Gerry and Terry.

    Gerry | July 6, 2022 at 8:34 PM
  7. To the Dickinson Family
    Love ❤️ you all . Billy will always be know as Reverend Rabbit to me.
    Love you. Miss him so much.
    Tonda and Curtis Hawkins

    Tonda Hawkins | July 6, 2022 at 4:49 PM
  8. Dear Florence, Renee and Billy,
    You three and Bill have always had a treasured place in our hearts since those long-ago years we shared as neighbors in Downingtown. I think of your first year there (and all the friends and relatives who visited with such love and laughter) – and the subsequent years we all shared.
    We remember and celebrate Bill’s goodness, talent and spirit – and are so grateful for his postive influence on that whole crowd of neighborhood boys. Florence, I remember your wonderful sense of humor and how we loved the “friendship cake and recipe” you so kindly shared with me years ago. Renee, I remember your kind heart and work at PP in West Chester. And, Billy, I love that you and Keith are still connected in heart, spirit and humor. Many thanks to each of you for being Keith’s “second family” all these years.
    We always hold Bill and each of you in our hearts and prayers, with love.
    Susan & A.D.

    Susan Burr Harris | July 6, 2022 at 3:48 PM
  9. It was sad to hear that Bill passed away. We were friends for a long time. Back in the day we all had nicknames, his was
    RABBIT. My best to the family and he will surely be missed
    Bill Hill

    Bill Hill | July 6, 2022 at 3:32 PM
  10. Hello Flossie
    I have often thought of our past wonderful times together. Of the four of us Bill was always the one with the smart ideas.
    He, Jim and I were true brothers. Truly sorry time has passed us by.
    Best to you and the family.

    Thomas Diluzio | July 6, 2022 at 2:38 PM
  11. What a wonderful life he lived. I wish I had known him better when we were both students at Avon-Grove High School. Rest in peace and comfort to his family and close friends.

    Virginia Vincenti | July 6, 2022 at 1:24 PM
  12. Dear Flossie,

    I am so sorry for your loss and our loss. You and Bill have been wonderful neighbors from the beginning – even though you took the dining room set! I will always miss his wonderful smile and booming laugh. Hug you children and grandchildren when you are sad. When you are lonely, I am here – down the street.

    Love always, Barbara Steen

    Barbara Steen | July 6, 2022 at 10:26 AM
  13. I met Bill on the golf course many years ago and we became friends given our mutual love for the game. What impressed me about Bill was his willingness to share his vast technical knowledge of the game with those of us who invariably tend to struggle from time to time. Always with smile!

    Jim Harris | July 6, 2022 at 6:04 AM
  14. I was greatly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We worked together many years at DuPont and had many great experiences together, but it was on the golf course where we really got to know each other well. We were both intensely competitive, but unfortunately our respective golfing skills did not match up well with our competitive natures so our golf matches were always an interesting adventure into the unknown. Bill was a man of strong character and respected by all – I am very proud to have been included in his circle of friends. My sympathy and condolences to a great friend Flossie and to Renee and Bill Jr.

    Charles "Cap" Peters | July 6, 2022 at 12:59 AM
  15. I grew up two doors down from the Dickinsons in Downingtown, PA and Bill Jr is still one of my closest friends. There is a bond that forms when you grow up together…and that doesn’t fade with time. I have always and will always have a lot of love for Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson, Renee and Bill Jr.

    In particular, I have always admired and respected Mr. Dickinson. I remember his sense of humor and that charismatic smile. He was confident and compassionate…a gentleman and a disciplinarian. I remember Bill Jr and I getting more than one life lesson from him….and for that I am a better person.

    I was so very sad to learn of Mr. Dickinson’s passing. All of our prayers and love to Mrs. Dickinson, Renee, Bill Jr.

    You are all my second family and always will be….

    Keith and Jessica Harris

    Keith Harris | July 5, 2022 at 11:31 PM
  16. Aunt Flossie,

    You have our deepest condolences. We will continue to keep you and the family in our prayers.

    The Brews

    Latricia Brew | July 5, 2022 at 10:30 PM
  17. Bill, you will forever be a missing man in our foursomes. I can’t thank you enough for the calm you brought to me as you smiled, chuckled and reminded me that The chance to improve is always there for the dedicated. You were a joy to be around and I see you now in the digital photo on the golf course with that calming smile. From here on it’ll be all par and better for you.

    Golf buddy,
    George Hall

    George Hall | July 5, 2022 at 5:53 PM
  18. I am so sorry to hear that Pastor Bill has passed away. He was the best pastor I ever worshipped with. My condolences to Flossie and the rest of the family. He will be missed.

    Donna Staats | July 5, 2022 at 4:33 PM
  19. I remember him quite well from our school days, he always brought a grin to any conversation. He will be sorely missed even though he and I had not communicated for not a small time.

    My wife and I extend our condolences to his family and local friends.

    Robert and Yeh’lyena Hearne
    Severnya District, Sevastopol, Russia.

    I will have his name read out this Sunday at St. Nikolas Church of Sevastopol, Father Giorgeh and I have already discussed the matter and it will happen.

    Robert D. Hearne | July 5, 2022 at 3:54 PM
  20. Bill you were a great friend and you will be missed. I cherish the times that we talked while at the practice area at DuPont Country Club while hitting balls. May you rest in peace in the presence of God

    Tom Reilly | July 5, 2022 at 2:54 PM
  21. I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. On of my fondest memories from high school is Bill and I and Carper Macmillan and “Shorty” Smith setting the county record in the 1/4 mile relay – to everyone’s surprise, including us! He was a great guy.

    Jeff Tryens | July 5, 2022 at 11:05 AM
  22. My sincere condolences and prayers are with Mom Dickerson and family so sorry for your loss! I will miss his smile, love, and great words of wisdom he always gave me. Gone but not forgotten! ♥️🙏🏽

    Love Always!
    Felicia

    Felicia Brown | July 5, 2022 at 10:08 AM
  23. I was so sorry to learn of Bill s passing .he was a wonderful.gentleman and who always had a smile on his face. With deepest sympathy Donna Mcneill.

    Donna mcneill | July 4, 2022 at 10:25 PM
  24. To my Sweet Friend and neighbor Flossie and her family, my condolences to you all. Knowing and trusting what God’s word, the Bible says is that we will recognize one another when we enter Heaven. We will greet Billie once again with Jesus. Hope that Billie found Sam already.

    Patti Conti and George Shanahan | July 4, 2022 at 9:41 PM
  25. To Aunt Flossie and Family you have our deepest condolences and are in our prayers.
    Jerry,Janie and Family

    Jerry Reeves | July 4, 2022 at 7:54 PM
  26. Oh uncle Bill, I truly can’t believe your gone. I’m going to miss you like crazy, every time you saw me you would say my Lisa. Don’t let anyone say anything about your freckles if they say anything tell them to come see me. I love you so much. I thank you for our talk at hospital, it was a great talk between me and you. We always had great talks. Some were serious and others we laughed alot. You was the best uncle ever. Now your with daddi, and Grandmom Dickinson and Donna. Please tell them hi, and love you all. I’m going to miss you so much. I will try to help Renee, because I honestly know what its like to loss a father. I will be there for aunt Flossie, Renee and Bill-Bill. Love you so much uncle Bill.

    Lisa Reeves | July 4, 2022 at 7:26 PM
  27. TO COUSIN FLOSSIE RENEE AND JR AND FAMILY. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO YALL. I WILL MISS COUSIN BILLY’S SMILE AND HIS SPIRITUAL WORDS OF WISDOM. EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL.
    SORROWFULLY SUBMITTED

    Georgetta Thompson | July 4, 2022 at 6:57 PM
  28. Uncle Bill you will be missed however never forgotten. Aunt Flossie, Renee and Billy are in good hands with the family. Rest until we meet again in glory.
    💚😘💚 Love your niece Dione

    Dione Reeves | July 4, 2022 at 6:52 PM
  29. My sincere prayers for healing to the entire family at this sad time. Love you like family 💕
    Linda Daniels

    Linda Daniels | July 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM

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