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Obituary for Robert John Dickey
Robert John Dickey,83, passed away on December 11, 2021 in Brandon. He was born March 18, 1938, in Coldwater, MI and came to Gibsonton, FL at the age of 2. He was raised as a Carnie and his family owned rides on the Carnival. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1956 and was named Most Athletic. He played Baseball, Basketball, ran Track, and was quarterback for the Football team. He became a Christian at an early age and went to Church all his life. He was a long time member of Providence Baptist Church. He was Sales Manager of Lee and Pomeroy Oil Company and when it closed, he started several different businesses, finally starting D’s #1 BBQ. He built his own cooker and made delicious food. He coached girls basketball and softball at Providence Christian School for several years. He earned a Black Belt in Judo at the age of 65 and enjoyed teaching Judo. He was in the first Master Gardener class in Hillsborough County more than 30 years ago and enjoyed teaching on Composting and volunteering at various events. He hiked the Grand Canyon and enjoyed traveling to several other National Parks. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Valdene Dickey, his brother, Jim Dickey, and his daughter, Marie. He is survived by his wife, Verna, his sister-in-law Doreen Dickey, his daughter, Michelle Greene (Tommy), his Grandson, Nathan Steely, his Granddaughters, Jenna Steely, and Phylicia Baker and Great Grandson, Emmitt Baker. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 17, 2021, at Providence Baptist Church, Riverview, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Baptist Church, Missions Fund.