Bobby Ray Dickerson, 79, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. T.J. Bordelon of Cove Baptist Church. Interment will be at Jerusalem Cemetery in Winnfield, LA.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born in Winnfield, Jan. 6, 1932, to Olan O. and Hannah (Porter) Dickerson. He grew up in Winnfield and graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard traveling around the world tending buoys and later taught 5th grade Earth Science.

Mr. Dickerson bought a wood shop, “Old Wood Shop” on Front Street. He and his wife, Reba developed it into a retail arts and crafts shop where he made wooden items for people to buy and paint. He loved to create different things out of wood and enjoyed fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Olan Dickerson, Jr.; and is survived by his wife of 51 years, Reba Dickerson of Orange; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Toi Dickerson of Beaumont and daughter and son-in-law, Shirlyn and Jimmy Findlay of Bridge City.

He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Collin Findlay, Dillon and Dalton Dickerson; brother, Billy Dickerson and wife, Frankie of Farmington, MO and sister-in-law, Betty Burns of Shreveport, LA.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Cove Baptist church, 1005 Dupont, Orange, TX 77630 or St. Paul Methodist Church, 1155 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX 77611.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Benny Rasnic, Tim Rasnic, Jimmy Findlay, Don Dickerson, Collin Findlay, Dillon Dickerson and Dalton Dickerson.