OBITUARY

Fredrick R. Dickson

April 12, 1949February 10, 2021

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Fredrick Richardson Dickson, 71, of North Little Rock, passed away on February 10, 2021 after a short, difficult battle with Covid-19.

Fred was born on April 12, 1949, to Ralph Elton Dickson and Alice Eugenia Richardson Dickson in Conway, Arkansas. After graduating from Conway High School in 1967, he went on to study Physics and then Business at Hendrix College in Conway.

After graduation from Hendrix, his first job was as Assistant Manager of Magic Mart in North Little Rock. Soon after, he became very interested in Apple computers, and sold them for many years through various companies in central Arkansas. In 1997, he began work for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield as supervisor over computer acquisitions for the company, a position he would hold for 21 years until retiring in 2018.

In 1974, he met Sharon Elaine Jackson Grissom, mother to then four year-old Lori Elaine Grissom. He and Sharon wed on March 16, 1974. He was a steadfast and faithful Husband and Father, and later an enthusiastic Grandfather to two grandsons.

Fred was a devout Christian and heavily involved in his church, First Assembly of God North Little Rock, primarily through the Junior Bible Quiz program, but also in youth mentoring and technological support. He was an avid cyclist, active in the RevRock Cycling club and competing in many races, even finishing the Big Dam Bridge 100 mile race multiple times in recent years. He loved Great Danes and had many over the years, walking and running with them around North Little Rock and sharing them with the children of the neighborhood and church.

Fred was predeceased by Ralph Elton Dickson and Alice Richardson Dickson. He is survived by his Wife of 47 years, Sharon Elaine Jackson Dickson, Sister Inez Richardson Dickson Zane, Daughter Lori Elaine Grissom Lemley, Son-in-Law James Andrew Lemley, and Grandsons Aidan Orion and Isaac Owen Lemley.

Burial will be in Rest Hills Cemetery in Sherwood, Arkansas. The family would like to express our thanks to the Critical Care team at Baptist Hospital North Little Rock for the extraordinary care given during Fred’s illness. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to donate plasma if they have had Covid-19 or make a monetary donation to projectrescue.com. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dignitymemorial.com.

Services

3 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home

7724 Landers Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117

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Karen Clark

February 24, 2021

To the Family, i am so sorry and sad to hear the passing of Fred, we worked together for years and it was a pleasure. Over the years we begin to call each other Grandpa and Grandma. Fred was a man of integrity and very nice. Condolences to the Famiy

Carla Teer

February 22, 2021

Deepest sympathies to the family. I worked with Fred for many years at Blue Cross. He was always so pleasant to work with. Almost daily we arrived at BC at the same time, I’m thankful for our morning conversations. He always spoke so highly of his family and how proud he was of them. Fred was a good Christian man and great co-worker. He will be missed.

Vicki McNeill

February 19, 2021

I am so saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I rode with Fred many times with RevRock group. He was an excellent cyclist, kind and gracious, encouraging and positive. I moved from Arkansas a few years ago and have not seen him since. I pray for peace for his family. RIP Fred- cycle away in perpetual glory!

Sharon Gordon

February 19, 2021

I worked with Fred at BCBS from 2005 until his retirement. He was a very particular person when it came to his responsibilities at work and even in his person life. If it weren't for Fred, I would not be an employee at BCBS today. I thank God for using Fred to allow me the opportunity to get a job at BCBS.
May God bring peace and understanding to your wife and family during these times.

Ken Phillips

February 19, 2021

I rode many miles on a bike alongside Fred over the last 4 years. He was a man of integrity that loved God and his family. He will be missed greatly. RIP Brother.

Glenn Moore

February 19, 2021

Fred and I started out competitors in the computer business. Later we worked together at a computer business. After that we worked together again at another computer business. From there he went work for ABCBS and it took a while but we wound up customer and vendor. I've debated sharing this but Fred did on a number occasions with his staff and manufacturer reps. Fred and Shea shared a table with me and my wife at an office Christmas party so I got to know her a little bit. I pray she has peace that he is going to be with Jesus. Also, his daughter/son-in-law and kids were very important to him and he enjoyed them very much. I pray they are at peace as well.

Steve Sunwall

February 19, 2021

I worked with Fred at Businessland before he went to work for BCBS. Fred was our “subject matter expert” on Apple products and he was passionate about their technology.... his nickname was “MacFred” (affectionately 😎)
Fred was even more passionate about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ... and for this I celebrate his life, his compassion for people and express my condolences to his many friends and family.

Angela Marks

February 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies for Fred's family and friends. I pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time. I remember when Fred began his career in the IT Department at Blue Cross, Fred was so excited and he was even more excited when one of his friends came on board. I remember seeing Fred out one day in the neighborhood walking one of the biggest dogs I had ever seen and this was the beginning of many conversations over the years about Great Danes. I will miss Fred. May he rest in peace.

Judy Blevins

February 18, 2021

Working with Fred over the years, I can't recall a time that he didn't have a smile on his face. If he couldn't help you immediately, he would let you know he cared and that he would do his best to make it happen as soon as possible. We missed him after his retirement but will really miss him now that he has gone. My prayers to your family for peace and comfort! You had a special guy and now you have a special angel watching over you.

Judy Blevins

Christy Kinsey

February 18, 2021

I would see Fred in the hallways or in the cafeteria at ABCBS and he was always so nice, always smiling. We’d talk about his running or biking, or my working out at the gym, he was especially amused that I would hula hoop! And we talked about our dogs, his Great Danes and my Akitas. He had great stories about the dogs getting a stick of butter off the kitchen counter, or leaning up against the door to try to keep him from opening it so he could get out to go to work. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY