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Joyce Sowell Dickens

Joyce Sowell Dickens

March 3, 1955 - March 24, 2018     Age: 63

Joyce Sowell Dickens, 63, of Yulee passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Born in Alma, Georgia she was a daughter of the late Tot Sowell and Myrtle Courson Sowell. She moved to Yulee at a young age and grew up there.

She married Henry Bailey Dickens, III in 1985 and they made their home in Orlando for many years. In Orlando, they raised their children, Henry Bailey Dickens, IV and Kailey Joyce Dickens. Joyce was an educational paraprofessional working with special needs and preschool children. 

After her husband’s passing, Joyce moved back to Yulee in 2014.

Joyce will always be remembered as a loving and giving person. She was family oriented and her warm hearted nature was evident in how she cared for all her family. In addition to her family she loved animals but was especially fond of her cats.

In addition to her father and her husband, she was also predeceased by two brothers, Donnie and Jerry Sowell.

She is survived by her children, Henry Bailey Dickens, IV of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Kailey Joyce (Chris Check) Dickens of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; her mother, Myrtle Sowell of Yulee; three brothers, Jack Tot Sowell, also of Yulee, Travis (Mary) Sowell of Springfield, Missouri and Tracy (Lavina) Sowell of Eastman, Georgia as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 27 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

 Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard with Rev. Calvin Courson officiating.

Graveside services will be later that afternoon at 3:30 PM at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Alma, Georgia with Pastor Edmund Thrift officiating.


4 Condolences

  • Justin Allen Posted March 26, 2018 12:09 pm

    Kailey, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sybil Hysler Posted March 26, 2018 2:27 pm

    Travis, Mary, you and your family are in our prayers.

  • Myra Shiffert Posted March 26, 2018 2:44 pm

    I’ve only been blessed to visit with Joyce a few times over the past almost 25 years but I have good memories of her. Joyce was always smiling and sweet. I will miss her but am looking forward to the day when we will see each other in Heaven. Then we can talk all eternity!
    Travis and Mary – thank you for including me in your family. I would not have had the pleasure of Joyce’s smile if you had not welcomed me so completely. I will be praying for the entire family to have God’s peace and comfort during this time of bereavement.

  • Becky Williams Snead Posted March 30, 2018 10:10 am

    Your family is in my prayers are this time of loss. I remember Joyce as being my sister’s (Kathy Williams Lewis) childhood friend. I’m sure they are once again together laughing and reminiscing.

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