James Leslie Dickey, age 53, of Red Oak, Texas, passed away on May 6th, 2023. He was born on September 29, 1969, to R.C. and Mary Ida (Woodard) Dickey in Waxahachie, Texas. Being born and raised in Ellis County, he attended school and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1988. While in school he took Auto Tech where he was 2nd in his class. It was there that he met the women who would later become the love of his life, Debra, although he would have disagreed at the time. The two reconnected after high school and were married in February of 1992. After high school James went right to work doing what he loved, working on cars. That passion carried him throughout his life. James is remembered for his jokester personality, he always loved making others laugh. When he wasn’t working you could find him with his two boys. Although James worked a lot, he never missed a chance to be there for anything his sons had going on. He was a very devoted father. James loved to cook and grill for his loved ones and was highly intelligent. Above everything he loved his family. He was the youngest of 4 and the only boy. He protected his sisters and was the best brother. His hero was his Pawpaw Austin. James will be missed by all that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his dad R.C. Dickey, his wife Debra, and his grandparents Austin and Beulah Woodard.
James is survived by his sons: Aaron Dickey of Ennis, Texas, Austin Dickey of Red Oak, Texas; mother Mary Ida William of Red Oak, Texas; sisters: Lisa and husband Gary Beaty of Waxahachie, Texas, Lori and husband Chim Curry of Waxahachie, Texas, and Amy Dickey Killgo of Red Oak, Texas; nieces: Courtney, Caitlin, Hannah; nephews: Cameron and Cody; great nieces: Tinsley, Collins, Maddie, and Maddox; mother-in-law Faye Hall of Ennis, Texas as well as numerous aunts, uncles and other extended family members and friends.
The family has requested donations be made in James’ name to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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