Donia C. Dickerson

April 7, 1932February 28, 2014

Mrs. Donia Craig Dickerson, age 81, died peacefully February 28, 2014 with her family by her side after a brief illness. She was born on April 7, 1932. Mrs. Dickerson was the widow of William Buford Dickerson II. She was the daughter of the late Francis Jackson Craig and the late Elizabeth Craig Lancaster. Her sister was the late Celeste Craig Abernathy. She is survived by her children William Buford Dickerson III, Francis Craig Nash, and Charlotte Crandall Hall, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece and two nephews.

She attended Parmer School, Ward-Belmont Preparatory School, Mary Baldwin College in Stanton, Virginia, and was graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1954 where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Mrs. Dickerson was a member of the Junior League of Nashville, Incorporated, the Centennial Club, and was a former member of Belle Meade Country Club. She held teaching positions at Glendale, Percy Priest, Palmer, and Julian Green elementary schools.

Mrs. Dickerson has been an art dealer and lecturer in art history since 1960. She was the art consultant for the Bell South Collection and for the Washington Office of Senator Bill Frist. She taught Art History at Vanderbilt University in the Adult Learning Program. She was also the dealer for Chesley LLC, the publishers of Frederick Hart Sculpture and Chase Art, publishers of The Bronzes of Dr. Seuss.

Mrs. Dickerson’s life long focus had been to introduce art and music appreciation to children. She was responsible for many pilot programs in art appreciation in Metro Schools and for many years she taught Art History at Julia Green Elementary School as a volunteer. For years, Mrs. Dickerson taught a weekly art history class and frequently took small groups to the great art museums of this country and in Europe. She was a repeat lecturer on the Queen Elizabeth II and the Greenbrier Resort.

The visitation will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 10 am followed by an 11:30 a.m. service. Following the service there will a private burial for family and close friends at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. For those wishing to make a memorial, the family suggests the Music Fund at Saint George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37205, or a charity of great interest to the donor. The active pallbearers are John Roland Burch, Jr., Harold Edward Jackson III, James Gardner Smith, William Howard Cammack, Jr., James Ralph Stadler, Jr., John Beveridge Wallace, and Claude Royal McCullough.

Much love and many special thanks from the family to her 5th grade class at Glendale, Cal Turner, Dr. Michael Zanolli, Dr. Robert Snyder, Dr. Richard Myer, and all of her wonderful friends. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home, Nashville, Tennessee.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Lee Stanley

December 31, 2014

Christmas is not the same without you this year, my friend. Your love and sweet spirit lingers in the memories we shared over seven years working and playful times together. God has you in his care and I will see you again.

Janet Bryant Mobarak

December 29, 2014

Crandall, Creighton and Bill:

I lived with your mom back in 1984 after the accident and have never forgotten her. She was always such a morning person and I definitely was not...I can still her singing each morning to wake me up when she was ready for her coffee. I will never forget her and the time we spent together. I am so sorry for your loss.

Lee Stanley

October 11, 2014

Treasured memories of our friendship are forever...we shared so many good times until the end.

Martin Pitts

October 10, 2014

RIP Mrs. Donia Craig Dickerson. You taught me about art and poetry and music and the world in the sixth grade at Parmer School in Belle Meade. The old and true story is that some teachers you never forget. I think about you, my beloved Mrs. Dickerson almost every day.

Don Fisher

August 27, 2014

Crandall, Craig and Bill,
I'm so sorry to have just heard the news of the loss of your mom. I hadn't seen her in several years yet hold fond memories. Mrs. Dickerson was quite unique. I hope you guys are all doing well.

Lee Stanley

April 8, 2014

Today I celebrated my friend Donia's birthday by embracing sweet memories of our friendship over 7 years together. I miss you every day and want to drop by or call...I smile and know you are free at last in God's care. Love.

April 7, 2014

Thinking of Donia on her birthday. Miss her so much.

Susan Ashburn

Nancy Pugh

April 6, 2014

I just tried to call and wish Donia a Happy Birthday and learned she passed away. We had many good times together in Nashville and Washington D.C. and always called on our respective birthdays. It is a sad day for me to lose such a special friend.

March 16, 2014

Craig and Cradall. I just heard about your Mother passing away!!! I was unable to come to Nashville for the visitation!! Your Mom has always held a special place in my heart!! my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and Bill

Pattie Wise

March 6, 2014

Dear Bill, Craig and Crandall,
I can't believe Frank and I only knew your mother for 8 years. It seemed like a lifetime! From the time we met her having breakfast at the Hotel Parc St. Severin in Paris to our days at Sewanee with Clare to subsequent trips to Philadelphia, New York, Washington, New Orleans and Paris--it certainly seemed to be a much longer time. I only wish it had been. She enriched our lives in so many ways with her southern charm and her humor and her amazing knowledge of art.
Our last visit with her was in New York last April for her 81st birthday. We were staying at the Yale Club, and she was so excited to be there. Before dinner the first night we were going to the bar for a drink. To our surprise when we arrived, the whole bar was set up with TV screens and the place was packed with alumni watching the Yale hockey team play in the final tournament--the Frozen Four!! It was not exactly what we had planned. The place was wild and crazy--and Donia was having a great time! Two nights later she was there when Yale won the tournament. It got even crazier, but she took it all in stride. She was always up for anything. It kept her young all her life, despite her health issues.
We miss her terribly.
With our most sincere sympathy,
Susan and Frank Ashburn