|Dickie was born and grew up in Vermilion Parish. He was the youngest of 10 children and was raised by brothers and sisters after both his parents died when he was a small boy. He graduated with honors at Gueydan High School, LSU, and Perkins School of Theology, SMU.
Dickie devoted his life to being a churchman in the most full sense of the word. Seldom did he put anything above the churches that he served for 43 years. He retired in June 2002 with plans to rekindle and maintain friendships and family relationships, to travel to places he longed to see, and to lounge in his recliner with two Boston Terriers he loved.
In several appointments, Dickie felt privileged to help lead the churches through significant building projects. But more than a builder of buildings, Dickie was a builder of the kingdom of God. He loved the church and he loved the people of the church…young and old. Dickie genuinely loved the fellowship of the church and was generally the last to leave every function because he stopped to talk to everyone, to share a story, a smile, and the twinkle in his eye.
The place where Dickie most loved to be was in the pulpit. He was well read and he devoted much time to preparation and study for his memorable, meaningful sermons. And he loved the music of the church, often finding time to sing with choirs of all ages.
Many saw Dickie as a gentle giant, compassionate, loyal, trustworthy, and strong. His family saw him as a gentle man who accepted and loved them as they were, an intelligent man of genuine integrity who lived the life he advocated, always generous and self-sacrificing. He left behind many who felt their time with Dickie was far too short.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)|