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William B. Dickerson

Homegoing services for William Booker T. Dickerson, 83, of Pittsburgh, Pa., who departed this life July 20, 2009, will be Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of White-Tidewater Funeral Home, Jamaica, with ministers Irene Goins and Margaret Louden officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery, Jamaica. Viewing will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. until the hour of service. The family will assemble at the funeral home.

Mr. Dickerson was an Army veteran of WWII and was part of the famed 370th Infantry Regiment, First Battalion of Company C, and the 92nd Infantry Division known as the Buffalo Soldiers, where he served on the front line of combat in Italy. In 1997 he, along with other surviving members of Company C, was invited to a White House ceremony hosted by then President William Jefferson Clinton awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to his friend, Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker, the only living black from World War II to receive this honor.

He is survived by his loving wife, Thelma Lindsay Dickerson; two daughters, Angela Armstrong (Carl, Jr.) and Deborah Twiggs (Kenneth); a sister, Rev. Edna Braxton; two grandchildren, Christina Noelle and Alexander Franklin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

posted 07.30.2009

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