Born June 17, 1949, in Campbell, Mo., he was the son of the late James Dawsey and Emma Lorene Haynes Dickens. He was a retired factory worker and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Beechwell General Baptist Church.
On Jan. 6, 1978, he married Donna Sue Long in Campbell, Mo. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include five sons, Daniel Earl Long of Dexter, Mo., Danny Scott Long of Hot Springs, Ark., David Lynn Long of Fenton, Mo., Charles Adam Dickens and wife, Lisa, of Campbell, Mo., and John J. Dickens of Campbell, Mo.; three daughters, Amy Rene Shore and husband, Greg, and Brenda Kaye Akridge and husband, Clinton, all of Campbell, Mo., and Dawn J. Dickens of Kennett; one sister, Mary Alice Melton and husband, Bill, of Piggott, Ark.; one brother, Lloyd Franklin (Doc) Dickens and wife, Myrtle, of Clarkton, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Autumn, Hannah, Dustin, Taylor, David Jr., Cody, Arburey, Morgan, McKenzie, Spirit and Chase; two nieces, Wanda Lewis of Little Rock, Ark., and Joella Dickens of Piggott, Ark.; to nephews, Dusty Shane Skaggs of Piggott, Ark., and Marvin Mills of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; and a good friend, Terry Umfress.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Leo Dickens; one sister, Emma Jean Dickens; and one grandson, Tyler Dewayne Umfress.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Campbell, Mo. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Campbell, Mo., with the Rev. Tony Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Elder Cemetery in Campbell, Mo.