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Glenn G. Dickerson, Sr.

December 10, 1956 August 12, 2011
Glenn G. Dickerson,  Sr.
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The Life of Glenn Guy Dickerson, Sr.

Glenn began his journey in life on December 10, 1956.  He was born in Philadelphia to Clarence Levister and Viola Dickerson.  Glenn and his 2 sisters Margaret(Rita) and Garnell(Nellie) lived with his most cherished and loving grandmother Marguerite(Granny).  Glenn believed in and tried to live his life by what he often eluded to as the "Seven Ps To Success - Purpose, Passion, Potential, Planning, People, Persistance and Prayer."

He was educated in the Catholic School System in the city of Philadephia.  He graduated from St. Thomas Moore HS in 1974 with Academic Honors.  While attending high school, Glenn was a member of the National Honor Society, the Chess Club, and he was a member of the band playing the drums.  He attended LaSalle University studying to become a History Teacher for 3 years.  Glenn worked for Saunders House, The Free Library and the Philadelphia Housing Authority until he joined the military.  In 1982, Glenn enlisted in the US Army, completing 2 tours in Germany and one in Washington state.  During his military career, Glenn received numerous awards and merits.  While in the Army, he continued to play drums for the military band, and he also joined the platoon's basketball team, as what he called a "Power Forward".  He was honorably discharged in 1990.

Glenn married his childhood best friend and the love of his life Barbara on August 28, 1983.  Glenn's 1st tour of duty sent he and Barbara to live in Karlsuhe, West Germany.  From their union came 3 children, who he cherished and lived for.  In 1984, their 1st child, Sharisse was born while in Germany.  In 1987, Glenn was re-assigned to Tacoma, WA where the family was relocated to Ft. Lewis, WA.  In 1988, Glenn II arrived, and in 1992 Shavonne was born.  Glenn loved and treasured his children and it was very important to him to have a relationship with each one, and to "be thre" for them every day.  He attended every recital, teacher's conference, sports event, etc.  He became very involved with the basketball and track activities of his children.  He coached various teams to championships such as the PAL League, UDHS Basketball Team, UYA at Merion Anderson Rec Center and "Hoop It Up" events, in various states.  He mentored and became a father figure to those he believed to be and became his "other sons".  He believed in education, he supported his children, and he took care of them.  He was a good man, loving husband and not just a father, but a "Dad" to his children.

Glenn and his family moved back home to Philadelphia in 1993.  Glenn worked for Ted's Pizza where he became known to the neighborhood as "Pizza Man".  In 2004, he secured a position with Allied Barton, as a Security Officer until his departure.  Glenn loved people, and he loved to talk.  It didn't matter if he knew you or not, if you were young or old, and for him race had no place in the conversation.  he had a charisma and magnetism about him that drew people to him, and allowed him to share his knowledge, experience and thoughts.

Recently, Glenn's most proudest moments were to see his children Sharisse graduate from West Chester University (2009), Glenn II graduate from Temple University (2011) and Shavonne graduate from Upper Darby High School, and entering into Neumann University (Fall 2011).

Glenn's legacy lives on through his wife Barbara; children Sharisse, Glenn II and Shavonne; sisters Margaret and Garnell Pugh; aunt Joan Toombs; 1st cousins Frank and Marlene Newton; mother-in-law Gladys; 2 sisters-in-law Deborah Smith and Jacqueline Jones; 4 brothers-in-law Ellsworth M. Smith, Michael Pugh, James Jones and Kevin Jones; nieces Jennifer, Jacqueline and Janine; childhood best friends Renee Ashford, Gertrude Weaver and Robert DeCarlo and a host of relatives and friends.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Vine Memorial Baptist Church located at 5600 West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.  The funeral service will start at 10:00 AM.  The final resting place will be at Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall, PA.

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