Mr. Kenneth Dayle Dickens, 86, of Monroe, NC; formerly High Point, NC; passed away Saturday, August 29, 2020 in the Brookdale Monroe Square Assisted Living. He was born September 15, 1933 in Thomasville, NC to Robert and Ida Davis Dickens. On August 27, 1955 he married the former Martha Rachel Sawyers. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1957-1963 and was a Financial Management Technician; "Bookkeeper" and received the Expert Marksman honor. Following, he studied at Central Wesleyan College (Southern Wesleyan) and received his Bachelor's degree from Marion College (Indiana Wesleyan University); he later received his Master's in History from Appalachian State University and Masters of Education from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Mr. Dickens taught History at High Point Central and Andrews High Schools; later after receiving his Masters he returned to High Point Central to serve as the Assistant Principal. He later became the principal of Leonard Street Kindergarten for a year and then Principal of Oak View Elementary until retiring. Mr. Dickens was always working; he would teach night classes at High Point College (High Point University) and he would make arrangements at Whitlarks Florist in High Point. He later purchased the Rose Garden florist in Spencer, NC and finished out his working career there making beautiful arrangements. Mr. Dickens loved gardening and traveling; he would take trips abroad to England and he also loved going to Williamsburg, VA and Olde Town; he admired Thomas Jefferson and the principals he stood for. He had a love for children and would stop to take time to listen and talk with them anywhere he would go. He attended Covenant United Methodist Church before moving to Monroe and was a member of Hayworth Wesleyan Church where he taught the College and Young Adult Sunday School class for many years. He would take care of the less fortunate, buying groceries and supplies; he would even take kids for a pizza party that wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. He would carve pumpkins in to beautiful jack-o-lanterns and distribute them to children on Halloween.
Left to cherish his memory: his wife of 65 years, Rachel Dickens; daughter Mary Faith Goldberg and husband Michael of Monroe; sister Ruth Pittman; brother Robert H. Dickens and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Ida Dickens; brothers Wallace Dickens and Charles Dickens, and sisters Norma Clark and Wanda Phelps.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date and the burial will be in the Midway Wesleyan Church Cemetery in Randleman, NC.
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