Services commemorating the life of Albert Leo Dickens, known to many as “Butch” will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will be at Kansas Cemetery with Military Honors.
His nephews, Jamiah Hooker, Quincy Dickens, Kenneth Redic, Benjamin McCollum, Buford Dickens, and Demarcus Proctor will serve as pallbearers. The honorary pallbearers will be Deotis Dickens, Deotis Dickens Jr., Lee Dickens, David Dickens, Keon Brewer, Danny Hart, T.S. Ollison, Otis Duncan, Travis McNeil, and Lee Quarles.
Albert was born on February 16, 1953, in Gurdon. He was the son of Saul Dickens and Dorothy Allen Green. He accepted Christ at a young age and was a lifelong member of Mt Canaan Baptist Church. He was a 1971 graduate of Bell High School where he played basketball. In 1972, he enlisted in the United States Army and was discharged in 1978.
Butch was a former employee of Kohler in Sheridan. He enjoyed watching baseball, fishing and hunting. His greatest times were spent with his family. He was a man of style and was known for his fedora hats.
He quietly passed from this life on April 11, 2022, with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Saul Dickens and Dorothy Green; and his siblings, Jennifer McClelland, Harry Dickens, Howard Dickens, and Andy Joe Dickens.
Butch leaves a lifetime of memories and laughter with his children, Albert Armstrong Dickens of Seattle, Wash., Rilei V. Erby, and Ashton L. Dickens both of Carthage; one granddaughter, Amirah L. Dickens; two sisters, Annie Hooker and Fannie Ready both of Malvern; and two brothers, Deotis (Jennifer) Dickens and Lee Dickens all of Gurdon. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, his buddies, Truman Hall, Joe Brewer, Roy Richardson, Chester Paden, and Lonnie Quarles, as well as other friends.