John Michael Dickson

May 31, 2017

John Michael Dickson, 65, of Hendersonville passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Born in Hendersonville, John was the son of the late John Henry and Mary Frances Lyda Dickson.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Gail Caldwell.

John lived in Hendersonville most of his life.  He graduated from East Henderson High School in 1970 and received his degree from Mars Hill College in 1974.  He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity.

John was band director in Charlton County, GA before coming to West Henderson High School where he directed their band for 23 years.  He was a member of East Flat Rock First Baptist Church and served as choir director for 12 years.

He loved his family with all his heart.  He also loved teaching and was so thankful to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful kids.

John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pamela Dickson; daughter, Keri Stepp and her husband, Fred; two grandchildren, Max and Makayla; many cousins and nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Chipper.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held from 2 – 4 PM Saturday, June 3 at Shuler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Henderson High School Band, 3600 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791 or to the Charlton County High School Band, 994 Indian Trail, Folkston, GA 31537.


Saturday, June 3, 2017
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • June 08, 2017
    Bob Davis says:
    Turtle was my big brother when I pledged Phi MuAlpha. Never a dull moment when he was around. A hurtful loss of a good friend and great person.

  • June 04, 2017
    Amanda Davis says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Dickson's family. I was in concert band with Mr. Dickson all four years of High School (graduated in 2004). Words can't even do justice as to how awesome of a teacher and mentor he was. He also had the best sense of humor and made me always look forward to coming to his class. One of my favorite memories of his sense of humor was when I got up in class one day to ask to go use the restroom. I played clarinet and sat on the front row - as I got up I somehow managed to trip and fall, knocking over stands and making a huge commotion in the process. Of course I was embarrassed, but he made a kind, witty joke and we had a huge laugh. He would tell the story later in an animated way and it became a funny joke. It takes a special person to be both inspiring and witty all at the same time. Godspeed, Mr. Dickson. <3

  • June 03, 2017
    Mike Robinson says:
    Pam and family - You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond memories of "Turtle" and times at Mars Hill. He was a great example and a man of character. He loved you, loved his band kids and loved to make people laugh. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

  • June 03, 2017
    Patti Hubbard says:
    Mr Dickson was such a wonderful and giving man. He always was there to put smiles on everyone face and put laughter in their hearts. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.

  • June 03, 2017
    Erika Bowen lit a candle:
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