John Taylor "Sandy" Dickinson

Monday, February 9, 2015

John Taylor "Sandy" Dickinson, of Marmaduke, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 3, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Sandy was born on August 3, 1939, to John W. Dickinson and Jewel (Schufflebarger) Dickinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rollie Mac Dickinson; a son, Derick Dickinson; a granddaughter, Heather Dickinson and his companion of many years, Sharon Carter.

He is survived by two sons, Michael and Patrick Dickinson; a daughter, Maria Vowell; a daughter-in-law, Becky (Derick) Dickinson and four grandchildren, Christopher, Cody, and Alex Dickinson and Matthew Vowell. He also leaves behind numerous other relatives and friends, and a large group of coffee-drinking buddies, all of whom he loved.

Sandy was an adventurer, a person of many talents, and a great story teller. He was a farmer, a mechanic who could literally fix almost anything, and a shrimp boat Captain in the Gulf of Mexico. It also should be noted that when Sandy told the story of one of his adventures, as outlandish as it may have sounded, the vast majority of the time he was telling the truth. He had lived life to the fullest, and always had a grin on his face and time for his friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Irby Funeral Home chapel in Marmaduke. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the services. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Paragould Children's Homes, the National Rifle Association or the charity of the giver's choice.

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