Julia M. Dickens, 81, of Lewes passed away at Harborhealth Care facility in Lewes. She was born in Maury, N.C. to the late Luther and Julia Atkinson Best Nov. 14, 1931.
She married Willis Leroy Dickens Sr., who preceded her in 2000. Together, they had eight children. She was a member of Greater Faith Temple COGIC in Bridgeville, and was a charter member of that church. She was a great Bible scholar, an amateur poet, and lived life as a teacher, preacher, mentor and friend. She was a dedicated “best mom” God could have given, and she knew how to keep her kids in line.
She is survived by her children: Cheryl Best Scott and husband Ralph of Felton, Joyce Best Mitchell, of Charlotte, N.C., Lawrence Dickens of Georgetown, Anthony Dickens Sr. of Laurel, Karen Dickens of Millsboro, Miyoshi Dickens Tunnell and husband Maurice of Lewes, and Kevin Dickens of Smyrna. She is also survived by a stepdaughter, Betty Osbely. She was preceded by one son: Willis Jr., in 1984; and siblings: Leroy and Thomas Best, Edna Williams, Carrie Mitchell and Mary Brown. She also leaves behind her sister: Hazel Best Carter of Georgetown, along with 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; two god-children: James Harmon Sr. and Fontane Nichols. She also leaves, to cherish her memory, many extended family members and friends.
A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at the Greater Faith Temple COGIC Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m., where friends may call from 10 til 11 for viewing and visitation. Bishop Arthur Lee Best will officiate. Interment follows at Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery in Bishopville, Md.