Sunday, July 22, 2012

Missing Eddie...Eddie Dickinson 1948-2012

DICKINSON, EDDIE "ED" FRANK 1948-2012 Eddie (Ed) Frank Dickinson finished his race on July 20, 2012 at home with his family on Lake Martin in Alexander City, AL. Ed was born August 14, 1948 in Sylacauga, Alabama to Thomas and Mildred Dickinson. He grew up in Goodwater, AL and married his hometown sweetheart, Helen. He was described by Auburn Magazine as "Part Publisher, part outdoorsman, part armchair quarterback, part Sunday School teacher, a keen family man, and a rabid Auburn fan. Above all, Ed is one of those rarities who shares his life with ease, accepting newcomers with a mixture of stereotypical Southern charm and grace and open-ended inclusion." He had a passion for life, an infectious smile and always wanted to make sure everyone had a good time. Ed and Helen both graduated from Auburn University and shortly after were married. Both of their children, Leah and Greg, were born in Montgomery and they all enjoyed following Ed through his dream job and career; from Chicago to Atlanta and Birmingham where Dickinson retired as Vice President and Publisher of Progressive Farmer magazine. Ed grew up on a farm and gave back to the community by creating Farm Safety Day Camps that helped educate and save lives of people across the nation. Ed also served on the board of the Auburn Magazine, 4H and Southern Crop Protection Association, as president of National Agricultural Marketing Association, and as a member of the Ag Round Table, Samford Society, Ag 21 club and the Auburn Agricultural Association. While working and serving, Ed passed his deep-rooted love for Auburn, the farm and the lake onto his children and grandchildren. Ed cherishes a heritage closely tied to both the farm and lake. When he wasn't fishing or boating, you could find him on his farm at his family home place in Goodwater. He found solace at the farm and loved sharing it with his grandchildren. He was a beloved grandfather (DidiPop) who taught them how to bait a hook, cheer for Auburn, plant a garden and serve the Lord. Ed is survived by his wife, Helen Hawkins Dickinson. His daughter, Leah Dickinson. His son, Greg Dickinson and his wife Holley. His four grandchildren, Owen Yntema, Thomas Dickinson, Ethan Yntema and Lily Dickinson. His sister, Ann Hardman and her husband, Johnny Hardman. His uncle, Richard Thompson and his wife Ruth Thompson. His mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hawkins. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Mildred Dickinson. The service will be held at the Alexander City First United Methodist Church on July 23, 2012 at 2:00. Dr. Todd Henderson and Reverend Don Cross will be officiating. Visitation is from 12:30-2:00 at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Children's Harbor on Lake Martin or the Alexander City First United Methodist Church (please note it is to go to 'Feast of Sharing'). Memorial messages may be sent to the family at: Radney Funeral Home, Alexander City, Alabama is in charge of the arrangements, 256-234-2511. -