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James Randall Dickson, II

July 11, 2021

U.S. Veteran

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James Randall Dickson, II, “Jim” age 80 of Troutville, VA, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents James Randall and Virginia Paulling Dickson and his first wife and highschool sweetheart, Karyn Sue Keller Dickson. 

Surviving to cherish his memory are his later in life love, wife Brenda Decker Dickson; daughters Deborah Lynn (Alan) Hamrick and Donna Carol (Chris) Day; grandchildren Ian Thomas Hamrick, McKenna Marie Hamrick, Kayla Ryan Day, and Garrett Scott Day; step children Timmy (Tamara) Harper, Steve (Laura) Sink, Carla Sink; step-grandchildren Dereck Sink, Brandon Harper, Tiffany Newbill, Dalton Harper; brother Donald C. (Linda) Dickson; niece Jennifer Dickson and nephew Daniel Dickson; sister-in-law Dr. Mara Lynn Keller; and many friends and family. 

Jim was a US Navy aviator and a proud Vietnam Veteran who served aboard the USS Hornet where he had the honor of being the recovery pilot for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. He had an amazing sense of humor and a wonderful way with words. His daughters and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and his passion was lifelong learning. Jim encouraged and provided advice and guidance for many, many people to continue their education; he believed that there were no roadblocks in life, only obstacles that you needed to get around.

Per Jim’s wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford VA, on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2pm.

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