The Thomaston Sertoma Club awarded Dexter Brittain “Britty” Dickens, Jr. the “Service to Mankind Award” for 2014 last Thursday night. This award is based on outstanding service performed in this community and others. Sertoman Phil Hancock, who made the presentation, stated, “I know we definitely have the right man for this award, because of such great service he has shown to the community.”
Britty Dickens was born in Manchester and reared in Barnesville, but he spent most of his life in Thomaston. He married in 1946 and had two daughters, one granddaughter, and two grandsons. His work experience includes Dickens Grill, Upson Laundry, and Cherokee Cleaners.
Mr. Dickens served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Naval Reserve out of the Atlanta Naval Air Station and the Jacksonville, Florida Naval Air Station for several years. He was honored with the title of Post Commander of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and has been present at Veterans: Day Program on a regular basis. He has helped to obtain speakers for various events who have played important roles in various wartime decisions. Britty is a member and past Worshipful Master of Morning Star Lodge #27, Free and Accepted Masons, and has been President of both Khirah Shrine Club and the Shrine Oriental Band. He built a wagon for the band, which was often seen in parades, and has worked at the concession stand at high school football games as part of Shrine responsibilities.
Mr. Dickens attends First Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Upson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. He has compiled over 1500 hours of volunteer work in the gift shop at Upson Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the Upson Historical Society and has served on the Veterans board. He has compiled numerous sources of information through various projects housed at the Thomaston-Upson County Archives to which he has generously given the copyright. He is also a volunteer at the archives, where Mr. Dickens has made the study of local history easily accessible through his activities. Not only local people, but individuals throughout the United States and other nations have traveled to Thomaston for research based on work he has done.
Located at the Thomaston-Upson Archives is a list of research Mr. Dickens has compiled.” This includes information from the History of Masonry, Upson County Women of World War II, Thomaston Police Chiefs, Upson County Sheriffs 1825-2012, Index of Census, Cemetery Book for different Cemeteries, and even the Tax Law and Digest. There are many more archives he is responsible for donating to the Thomaston-Upson Archives.
His entire life was dedicated to “Service to Mankind,” and the Thomaston Sertoma Club proudly presented this award to Mr. Britty Dickens.