Our beloved James Orville Dickens, 74, of St. Inigoes, Md., departed this earthly life and went home to be with the Lord on “Good Friday” April 18, 2014. James also known as “Jim” was born on September 23, 1939 in St. Georges Island to the late James O. Dickens Sr. and Viola M (Greene) Dickens. He was the sixth oldest of eleven brothers and sisters. As a young adult he joined St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.
James received his education at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ridge, Md. He was employed by Historic St. Mary’s City of Maryland. James dedicated over 20 years of service and retired in 1998. James followed his passion for helping others by pursuing different careers with Life Enrichment and Pathway. In 2011, he achieved his entrepreneurship goal by opening a family business by the river “Club Maryland”. He enjoyed his many friends and customers.
In August 1966, he united in marriage to Annette Shubrooks. From this union they were blessed with five loving daughters. James cherished “the girls” dearly. He loved spending time with his family, and especially loved having his grandkids around. He was happy when his granddaughter was born but he was extremely excited when the grandsons came along. From dolls to jewelry, motorbikes and race cars he would love giving his grandkids gifts to cherish.
He was proud to share stories about his sons-in-law. They were the sons he always wanted. They enjoyed taking weekend trips, attending Redskins games, playing cards, and cooking out. James enjoyed spending holidays with his family. He also enjoyed watching Family Feud and playing Taboo with the family. We often joked about who was going to be on his team when we finally got on the show. His dream team was his daughters and his granddaughter. James would always add jokes and laughter to all family occasions. God allowed him to enjoy our last family gathering on Sunday, April 13, 2014 celebrating his grandson leaving for the Army. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
James cherished his friendship with Vest, Norman, Martin, Stanley, George, David, Gerard, Leonard, and many others. He enjoyed relaxing in his favorite chair, fishing, playing cards with friends, watching sports, and hanging out in his man cave “the Garage” which was visited by many.
James leaves to cherish his memories his wife Annette Dickens, three daughters: Jewel Scott (Kurtis) of Hampton, VA, Cassandra Fooks (Sydney) of Waldorf, MD, Vickie Harris (Michael) of Waldorf, MD. Six lovely grandchildren, Brittany, Sydney Jr., Telvin, Brandon, Donovan, BrookLynn. One great-grandchild, Amari. Four sisters: Cecelia Young (Joseph), Mary Stewart (George), Elaine Fredrick and Elizabeth Barnes. Two brothers: Ernest Dickens (Frances) and Francis Dickens. He leaves behind Deanna Guzeh and Gladys (Precious) Shubrooks whom he thought of as daughters, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and godchildren.
James is also survived by sisters-in-law: Mary, Gladys (James), Sylvia (Arthur), Cardella, Beverly, and brothers-in-law: Charles (Dorothy), Sherman, William (Sherry), Melvin (Patricia), Lawrence and Morris (Wanda).
James is preceded in death by his parents, twin daughters, (Earlene and Verlene), and brothers: Joseph, Russell, Vincent and Paul.
Family and Friends will unite on Saturday, April 26, 2014 for visitation at 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Church Rd., St. Inigoes, MD. Interment immediately following at St. Peter Claver Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD.