Mr. Jess Albert Dicus, Jr., affectionately known as Buster to family and friends, age 97 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away at 8:40am Christmas morning at McArthur Manor in Manchester with his wife of 76 years, Martha, by his side.
Buster was born March 2, 1925 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Jess Albert Dicus, Sr. and Alma Kathleen House Dicus. He proudly served in the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II as a B-25 radio operator stationed in Okinawa in the South Pacific. After the war, he held an array of jobs, which included working as an electrician for Otis Elevator, a railroad lineman, a railroad switchman, running a paper route, and ultimately retiring as an electrician with ARO on Arnold Air Force Base. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and attended Red Hill Church of Christ. Buster enjoyed bird hunting, carpentry work, camping, traveling and working in his two-acre yard. He volunteered his time delivering Meals on Wheels and reading to the blind, as well as serving as a substitute teacher at the alternative school. Above all else, his greatest joy was being Pa to his family.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Loraine “Sissy Girl” Davis and his daughter-in-law Teresa Dicus.
Survivors include his wife of 76 years Martha Louise Swindle Dicus of Manchester
Daughter: Diane Reese of Manchester
Son: Albert R. “Buddy” Dicus of Sparta
Grandchildren and spouses: Lesli & John Gentry of Franklin, TN, Patrick & Colleen Reese of Nashville, TN, Ashley & Amber Dicus of Sparta, TN, Blake & Jackie Dicus of Hendersonville, TN, Summer & Patrick Wood of Old Hickory, TN
Great-grandchildren: Hugh Gentry, Reese Gentry, Owen Reese, Knox Reese, Sam Dicus, Jack Dicus, Jake Dicus and Cole Dicus
Brother: Terry Dicus & wife Nancy of Riverside, California
Special neighbors: John & Shirley Brooks
Funeral services will be conducted 4:00pm Wednesday, December 28, 2022 from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home, 2812 Hillsboro Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355. The family will receive friends after 2:00pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors by the Veterans’ Honor Guard will follow at 12:00pm Thursday at Highland Cemetery in Sparta, TN.
Ashley Dicus, Blake Dicus, Patrick Reese, Hugh Gentry, John Gentry and Patrick Wood will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buddy’s Kids Christmas Party or St. Jude Hospital in care of Hunter Funeral Home, PO Box 90, Sparta, TN 38583.
The family would like to express a special thank you to McArthur Manor for their love and care of our family.
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