More detail on this person: Charles "Charlie"
Wayne Dickerson, age 64, a lifelong resident of
Lexington County, passed away surrounded by
family on July 28, 2014. He was born July 6,
1950, in Hartsville, SC and was the son of the
late Nettie DuRant Dickerson and the late John
Edward Dickerson, Sr.
Charlie was a 1968 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School where he was voted as the "wittiest" for a Senior Superlative. He lived a full life which included faithfully serving his country in the Army as a helicopter pilot, in Flight School 70-43, 10 2nd AHC, and A/7/17 CAV. He served in Vietnam from 1970 - 1971. After his honorable discharge and return home from Vietnam, he started BankAir, Inc. in 1972.
Along with his mother, brother and sister, BankAir became a thriving family business which continues in operation today. BankAir started as a business in service for local banks, grew steadily and rapidly in the check transportation business, and expanded into commuter passenger service in 1975 by providing regional passenger service in the southeast. In 1984, BankAir was awarded a contract by the Federal Reserve Bank to fly the nation's checks. This enabled BankAir to move from a solely southeastern airline to one that traveled most of the U.S. BankAir averaged more than 12,000 takeoffs and landings each year for 27 years. Today, BankAir is a thriving passenger jet charter service flying both nationally and internationally. Charlie was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration.
Charlie was survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Kyzer Dickerson, who was the love of his life. He is also survived by his son, Charles W. Dickerson Jr.; his grandchildren, Charles Cade Dickerson and Savannah Jane Dickerson; his sister Jeanne Dickerson Cook (David Wigginton); and brother John E. Dickerson Jr.(Linda). He is also survived by a large family which includes Aunt Honey Harris, Uncle Cecil DuRant (Lou), many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Additionally, he is survived by his son's special friend, Brandi, and her daughter Layla.
Friends, family, and co-workers will remember Charlie best for his dry wit and sense of humor. He was able to bring laughter to any situation and a smile to the faces around him. He will be sorely missed.
Friends and family are invited to visitation at Charlie and Barbara's home, 404 Harbor Heights Drive in Lexington, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at The Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration, 1301 Twelfth Street in Cayce, on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.
The family requests all memorials be made to the Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center, 1615 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169, or The Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration, 1301 Twelfth Street, P. O. Box 2461, Cayce-West Columbia, SC 29171.
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