Horace Wayne Dickey

March 18, 1948April 3, 2019

Horace was the youngest of four children born to the union of Willie Marie and Memphis Dickey, Sr. on March 18, 1948 in Cleveland, Texas. Horace was preceded in death by his Mother, Father, Brother, Memphis Dickey, Jr., and sisters Clese Mae Dickey-Woods, and Margarett Dickey-Woods. Horace was “born again” when on September 29, 2015 he was baptized by Associate Pastor Eric Petty of Bammel Church of Christ. He always knew and loved the Lord but he formalized that profession of faith on that wonderful day.

Horace graduated from Douglass High School in Cleveland, Texas in 1966. A gifted athlete, Horace ran track, played basketball (specializing in three-point shots before they existed), and played football (quarterback position). Upon completion of high school, Horace went on to Prairie View A & M University for 2 ½ years continuing to play football as the team quarterback. He was a great dancer and someone who enjoyed a good time. He loved music and many hours were spent at home on his beloved patio listening to “old school” music. He was especially fond of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Nancy Wilson, Sam Cooke and Phyllis Hyman. He also loved live jazz.

Anyone who knew Horace knew that after the love of God and his family, the Dallas Cowboys were held in very high esteem. One year he even had season tickets for the Cowboy games commuting to and from Spring without missing a home game that season. For more than twenty years he attended the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving games regardless of the weather. He loved to watch sports and for many years attended the state high school basketball playoffs in Austin, Texas taking various family members (son, grandsons, and young men he thought of as sons). He had a special love for young people and people with mental health issues working as a psychiatric technician and later after completing the Harris County Sheriff’s Department Academy, as a deputy on the jail psychiatric evaluation unit. He went on to patrol with the Sheriff’s Department, but he never sought a position higher than Master Patrolman because he always wanted to have contact with people. He was a people person; each person he spent time with knew how much he valued them. He was full of mischief and laughter and it is hard to think about him without seeing his award winning smile and remembering a funny anecdote.

Now that he has gone on to heaven we are left with less joy. Left to mourn his transition to glory are his wife, Serita; his children, Wayne Dickey (Jennifer); Nikita Dickey-Sample (Derek); and a young man who thought of him as a father, Jonathan Harris (Cynthia). He is mourned by his grandchildren: Torrey Dickey (Christian); Cameron Dickey; Jaela Dickey; Raeven Sample, and Jarred Sample and one great-grand daughter, Camilia Dickey. He is also mourned by a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, life-long friends, Class of 1966 Douglass Dragons, law enforcement family friends , and neighbors of more than 20 to 30 years who became family.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019


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Michael Thompson

April 21, 2019

I, too, worked with Horace at the Cypresswood Patrol District for many years. My fondest memory of Horace was his contagious smile. I do not recollect ever seeing him without that huge smile on his face. He was a good man, a good friend and a true brother in blue. May he rest in Jesus.

Shannon POWELL

April 18, 2019

He was a great mentor to many young deputies . He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed working with him . He will be truly missed and I thank God that he allowed me to be in his presence.


April 18, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Horace's passing. He was such a great man. I worked with Horace for many years out of the Cypresswood Substation. He was a joy to be around. Rest in Peace my friend.

Ronnie Silvio

April 18, 2019

Horace as one of the best men I’ve know! He was so kind and thoughtful! We shared so many wonderful memories together. We started working in the old 301 jail in the later 70’s. Them worked in district one together. There was nothing you couldn’t ask of him, that he would not do. I loved him like a brother! I know he loved Jesus and is in his presence now. I look forward to seeing him again in the eternity of GOD! God bless his family! I love you Horace! Ronnie

Don & Jody Anthis

April 17, 2019

Horace was a loyal friend and client. He was a honest hardworking man who loved his wife and family. It was my honor and privilege to see him each year so we could visit as I did his tax return.

Erma Marshall

April 13, 2019

Family and I express our deepest condolence

Vanessa Loafman

April 10, 2019

Sending all my love to the family in this time of loss. Will forever remember that amazing smile and that calm voice! Thank you for making an impact on my life. Hugs to everyone see you later Mr. Horace❤️

Jenny Van Adrichem

April 10, 2019

I learned with sadness about my friend Horace’s passing
I will never forget the unique spirit he showed to everyone who was lucky enough to have known him
He had the innate capacity to feel how things were going and how to make a difference in their circumstances
I will always think of him fondly and with gratitude that he honored me with his incredible friendship
I hope that his loved ones will find the comfort they need in this difficult time
Jenny Van Adrichem

Jenny Van Adrichem

April 10, 2019

I will forever be honored to have had Horace as my friend
His incredible easy spirit and wonderful humor I will never forget
He had a innate ability to sense how a person felt and what to do or say to make a difference in their circumstances
My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones
My God wrap his loving arms around you in this difficult time

Ms. Sandra Love

April 9, 2019

Mr. Horace Dickey was a King among Kings, who is now resting with Jesus Christ. I remember his great smile and love for his Douglas Dragon Alumni. They Dickey family have my condolences. We are left with Great Memories and a Legacy to be proud of. Praying for the Dickey Family and Our Cleveland Hometown Family.

R.I.P. Mr. Horace Dickey Well Done - Thy Good and Faithful Servant.



Order of Service

Processional...…………………….Clergy, Reverend Kelly Roy Taylor and Family

Soft Music .……………………….. Precious Lord Take My Hand

Scriptures...……………………….. Old Testament...………..Reverend Kelly Roy Taylor
New Testament...……....Reverend Kelly Roy Taylor Easter Theme

A Capella Tribute to Uncle Sonny...… Margarett's Three Daughters; Andrea Ray, Amanda Royall (Kevin), Lorrie Matthews (Terrance)

Growing Up with Horace...………...Cousin James Hardy (Clara)

Milestones and Life Reflections...…………..( Amazing Grace)……………...Read Silently

Eulogy...………………………….. Reverend Kelly Roy Taylor

Recessional...…………………...Clery, Family and Friends (How Great Thou Art)

**Reception Following in Hospitality Room