Merle Dickerson

12/25/1926 - 05/10/2020


Merle Dickerson passed away on May 10, 2020. We will celebrate his life of 93 years at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. You are encouraged to sign a virtual guestbook by selecting the icon at

Merle was born on December 25, 1926, to William and Nell Dickerson in Silverton, TX. Merle’s parents moved the family to Canyon, TX shortly after he was born. Merle graduated from Canyon High School in 1944. He volunteered in the Navy one day after his 18th birthday and served in the Pacific theatre in World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1946. He also served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He received his Bachelor’s degree (1953) and his Master’s degree (1954) in Education and Physical Education from West Texas State College.  Merle and Ginny married in Lubbock on October 25, 1958.  Merle spent his profession in teaching at several levels in the Amarillo Independent School District. He did his student teaching at Austin Jr. High under Steve Gergeni. He taught at Nixon Jr. High, Bowie Jr. High, and Will Rogers Elementary School. He became principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in 1959 and principal at South Lawn Elementary School in 1976. He retired from teaching in 1986. He and Ginny moved to Lubbock in 1991. He taught adult education classes in computers at the Lubbock Senior Citizens Center and spent several years as an arbitrator for the court system in Lubbock.

Survivors include his wife, Ginny; two sons, Rusty (Connie) Dickerson of Vernon, Marc Dickerson of Lubbock; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and a brother, LeRoy Dickerson of Idaho Falls, ID.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his daughter, Betsy; sisters, Fay Bosley, Sue Miller, and Jean Walker; and a brother, Joe Dickerson.


The family of Merle Dickerson has designated a charity of your choice for contributions donated in his memory.

Funeral Service

Location: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Start Time:10:00 am
End Time:11:00 am



8 Comments on “Merle Dickerson”

  1. I am sorry to hear about Merle’s Home-going. I have been praying for all of you for a long time and will continue to pray. Thank God that we have our Hope in God through His son Jesus and we will meet again. I know that you will miss your husband, Ginny, and your father, Rusty and Mark. To Merle, it will seem only a second before he sees you again, I will pray that God give you grace to endure until you are all together again. I love you, Andrea Burke

  2. We will all miss Merle! My prayers are with you all. Loss is hard, even though we know he’s no longer suffering and is sitting with Jesus!
    Love, Judy

  3. We are sorry to hear of Merle’s death. He was a good man and a good friend! I will never forget the friendship he shared with my parents, Bill and Doris West, as they played bridge, vacationed together, and attended Sunday School together! But what I remember most is all the times Merle drove my dad to have coffee with the guys at the Rip Griffins in Wolfforth after Daddy’s dementia took away his ability to drive himself. Those outings were the highlight of Daddy’s week! I bet Merle and Dad and the rest of the gang in heaven have already had a few cups of heavenly coffee together!
    May God be with you all!
    Teri & Frank Anderson, and Doris West

  4. A life so well lived and the obituary was extremely well written. I appreciate knowing more about Merle’s life. Teaching is one of the most outstanding vocations in the world and what he has contributed through his life in education will have ripple effects forever. May God bless your memories through the years and give you comfort in the days ahead.

  5. Rusty and Connie, our hearts hurt for your loss, yet rejoice with you that your dad is with his Heavenly Father. Wrapping you and your family in many prayers for this new journey of adjustment ❤️.

  6. I loved my Southlawn Elementary principal! He was so sweet to us even when we were bad! He will always be remembered so kind, a great listener, just a wonderful man! My deepest condolences to all the family, I will always remember him!
    Sheryl Laree “Thomas” Gardner

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