In Memory of







Obituary for James Edward "Pipe Man" Dickerson Sr.

James Edward Dickerson, Sr. began his earthly journey on August 6, 1945. On July 11, 2022, he turned his focus and face towards glory and peacefully transitioned to his eternal home.

James, known as “Pipeman,” “Drakster,” or “Pickel,” was the fourth child born to Gardner, Sr. and Lillian Dickerson of Atlantic, Virginia. He received his primary education in the Accomack County Public Schools and attended Norfolk State University. James also served as an active member of the United States Army as a Communication Specialist (SGT/E-5).

James was employed by Campbell Soup and Perdue Poultry Plant while acquiring accreditation as Master Electrician, in which he served the community for over fifty years. He loved electrical work and literally worked up until a month before he transitioned. Harbor Freight and Lowe’s knew him by name.

James loved hanging out under the tree with his Mappsville crew and Wattsville family. He also enjoyed fishing, football, baseball, and sipping on Coors Light. He looked forward to his yearly trips to visit family in New Jersey and North Carolina. His grandchildren were the apple of his eyes. James loved being Pop Pop and talked about them nonstop. He attended as many of their track meets, football games, and basketball games as possible.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory four wonderful children that he loved unconditionally, John Dickerson, James Dickerson, Jr., Michelle (Eric) Townsend, and Jeffrey Dickerson; brother, Gardner Dickerson, Jr.; eight grandchildren, Justin Dickerson, Camryn Dickerson, Chase Dickerson, Jalah Townsend, Eric Townsend, II, Grace Townsend, Ashia Austin, and Lauren Dickerson; three sisters-in-law, Valestine White, Yvonne Norville, and Essie Mae Dickerson; two brothers-in-law, Steve Byrd and Edward White; two devoted nephews, Arthur “Bunk” Dickerson and Jerry Dickerson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Gardner, Sr. and Lillian Dickerson; three brothers, Winfield “Cigar” Dickerson, Marion (Rosy) Dickerson, and Lawrence (Pearlie Mae) Dickerson.