Brice T. Dickson, Jr. ’40

Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on October 16, 1919, Dr. Brice T. Dickson, Jr. died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. The eldest of four children of the late Brice T. Dickson, Sr., and Louise Flowers Dickson, he is survived by one brother, Walter Watt “Dub” Dickson (a retired Veterinarian of Gastonia and former N.C. State House Representative) and his wife Ruth Day Dickson, one sister, Mary Louise “Widdy” Dickson Barnhill and her husband Robert Barnhill of Gastonia. Also surviving are his children Brice T. Dickson III and wife Debra R. Dickson of Boiling Springs, N.C., 
Stephen L. Dickson Sr. and wife Elizabeth of Bluffton, S.C. 

Dr. Dickson graduated from Gastonia High School in Gastonia NC in 1936. He attended 3 years at Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1940 with a BA degree. In 1940, he joined a National Guard Unit which was inducted into the 120th Infantry of the US Army, where he served in a Medical Detachment at Fort Jackson, SC until five days before Pearl Harbor when he received a discharge and entered Medical School at the University of NC, Chapel Hill.
In 1944, he received his Medical Doctorate Degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA.
His internship was served at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia after which two years was spent as 1st lieutenant in the US Army Medical Corp. both in the United States and China (one year in which he traveled extensively).

Diplomas and Certificates included:

Georgetown Medical School service in Internal Medicine at DC General Hospital, 1953.
University of Miami Medical School Annual Clinical Cardiology Teaching Conferences.
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine in Pediatrics, 1947-48.
N. C. Pediatric Society, 1950. 

Brice practiced Pediatrics for 5 years and Family Practice for 30 years in Gastonia.

One of his more interesting diplomas was from NC State University in Sport Fishing, which was held at Hatteras, NC in 1970. He attended this course with his son Brice III who was 13 yrs. old at the time.

Dr. Dickson was an active member of First ARP Church in Gastonia where he once served as Deaconate. He enjoyed chess, swimming, jogging, pilates, geneology, and 
computers. He taught water aerobics at the YMCA for many years and enjoyed attending classes in other aerobic exercises at the YMCA on a regular basis.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Tommie Flowers formerly of Columbia, SC and a daughter, Connie Jean Dickson Barry, formerly of Charlotte, who died in an Amtrack train accident north of Baltimore, MD, in 1987.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Hayley and Leigh Dickson of Boiling Springs, NC; Dr. Stephen L. Dickson, Jr. of Prospect, KY., Ernest Harvey “Trey” Barry, III of Atlanta, Ga., and Margaret Barry Stewart of Newberg OR. He is also survived by three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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