Monday, March 25, 2013
Dickey Rutledge Dingle died on March 15, 2013. Born in Summerton, South Carolina on December 11, 1921, Dickey was the son of Frances Broadway and Wallace Dickey Dingle. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Summerville Presbyterian Church, 407 S. Laurel Street at 3 o’clock. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
Dickey was born a fraternal twin of Henry Broadway Dingle. He spent most of his youth in Georgetown and was to graduate from Winyah High School in 1941 when his Naval Reserve unit was called into active service a few months before he graduated. Dickey served as a machinist mate in the United States Navy on the USS Guadalupe during WWII. He and his shipmates were at sea when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and were diverted to Hawaii, arriving in Pearl Harbor a few days after the attack. Throughout the duration of the war, Dickey and his shipmates served in the Pacific fighting in many major battles.
Aside from serving in the Navy, Dickey had many occupations during his lifetime. He worked as a small-town grocer, owned and ran a logging company, and worked for Westvaco and Beloit Corporation. He ended his career as a salesman for Geer Drug Company, retiring in 1985. Dickey always said, “Retirement was the best job I ever had.” It was in retirement that Dickey discovered his talent as a golfer. He had a ten handicap and a once in a lifetime hole-in-one at the age of 73. During his retirement, Dickey and his wife, Miriam, drove cross-country three times, visiting numerous states. A favorite of his adventures, retold many times, occurred during one of his cross-country trips with his wife. They stopped for the evening in a small town in North Dakota. Asking around, Dickey found that they had a nine-hole golf course. He headed over to play a short round of golf, and discovered a course with putting “greens” of sand.
Like many who grew up during the Great Depression, Dickey was something of a Renaissance man. He could do anything with his hands —electrical work, mechanics, building, refinishing—he could build and repair everything and anything. Growing up on the coast, he developed a love of boating, shrimping, and fishing that followed him into adulthood.
Dickey cherished his family, his wife and children, and had a deep and strong relationship with his grandchildren, who called him “Poppy”. He supported his children and grandchildren in many of their endeavors, from helping them learn to drive, to teaching them about building things, to sharing with them the basics of golf. Dickey was a model of honesty and integrity, and he was widely known as a generous and kind man. His sense of humor, his ability to tease and get a smile out of just about anybody made him a pleasure to be around. He was the type of person who always saw what was best in people. Up until the end of his life, Dickey was engaged in intellectual pursuits. He read widely and was a quick study.
Dickey was active in his church, serving as grounds warden, deacon and elder in Summerville Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for over fifty years. He had many friends from all walks of life, particularly in his church family and in his Miler Country Club weekly golf group.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Miriam Dingle, of 58 years, and eleven of his thirteen siblings: Lou Guerry, Mae Williamson, Maude Gullege, Wallace Dingle, Robert Dingle, Alvin Dingle, Henry Dingle, Rene Turner, Beth Evans, Billy Spigner, and Wilbur Dingle. Surviving sisters include Hattie Dangerfield of Moncks Corner, SC, and Bobbie Smith, of Harrisburg, PA.
In addition to his two sisters, Dickey is survived by his six children, Doodle Simpson (Harvey), and Catherine Young (Jerry), both of Summerville, SC; Dickey Dingle, Jr. (Barbara) of Isle of Palms, SC; Lassie Murray (Steve) of Summerville, SC; Julie Dingle Swanson of Isle of Palms, SC; and Bill Dingle (Edith) of Bryson City, NC; one daughter-in-law, Becky Dingle; his thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Icthus Ministries, Inc., 2068 Deep Gap Road, Bryson City, NC 28713 or Summerville Presbyterian Church, 407 South Laurel Street, Summerville, SC 29483. A special thanks goes to caregivers Connie Milligan, Alie Keller, Jr., Carol Robertson, and to the nurses, aides, and staff at Victory House.
Arrangements by Parks Funeral Home, 130 West 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.