Joanne Shoemaker Dickson

April 4, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Joanne Shoemaker Dickson of Charlotte North Carolina passed away quietly on Saturday April 4, 2020. A private service for the immediate family will be held Thursday April 9, 2020. A memorial service will be held after current assembly restrictions are lifted.

Born August 24, 1928, Joanne was the daughter of Walter Gaston and Laura Zelda (nee’ Thomas) Shoemaker of Charlotte, North Carolina. Joanne graduated from Central High School in Charlotte and then The Women’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). After earning her degree Joanne became an elementary teacher of students in the second grade.

In 1951, Joanne married Rush Stuart Dickson and they took up residence in the Borough of Queens, New York City. Returning to Charlotte at the onset of the Korean War they began a family that quickly grew to include four children
Joanne was an avid and accomplished bridge player. The ocean and the mountains were her favorite places. She loved golf, snow skiing, boating and fishing on the saltwater flats. She was inseparable from her husband Stuart as they traveled, for business and pleasure, around the world three times. Her passions included flowers and gardening. She loved puzzles, reading and sharing books with her friends. Joanne never met a child or dog that she did not love with great affection.

Joanne was active in civic activities including service as a Cub Scout Den Mother, member of The Junior League of Charlotte, The Mint Museum of Art, The Charlotte Debutante Club, Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary and Board member of the Charlotte Museum of History. She was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church where she served on the Altar Committee.

Joanne is survived by her husband of 69 years, R Stuart Dickson, her children Rush S Dickson III (Kristin), Thomas Walter Dickson (Cecelia), John Alexander Dickson (Nancy) and Laura Lake Watkins (Carlton), her eight grandchildren Sarah Dickson Bourgeois (John), Rebecca Dickson Callis (David), William Thomas Dickson (Christina), Michael Alan Dickson, Rush Alexander Dickson (Jamie Lee), Ashlyn Sherwood Dickson, Carlton Gunter Watkins III, John Walter Watkins (Sarah) and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Frances McGonagle Almond

    While I did not know Mrs. Dickson, I spent many years with Harris Teeter working with other members of the family.
    I offer sincere condolences and prayers at this time.

  • Jim and Martha Woodward

    We met Joanne during our first visit to Charlotte in 1989 and immediately loved her. She was always gracious and fun to be with especially when she was "picking on" Stuart. We were blessed to know her and to share a warm friendship with her and Stuart for over 30 years. She will be missed, but not forgotten. We send our heartfelt condolences to Stuart and all of the Dickson family

  • Jim Copses

    Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on your loss...I had the privilege of having Mrs.Dickson as a member of my Park Place Pharmacy for most of my career....always gracious,kind and with the smile..Rest in peace..God Bless..

  • Alexsis Adams

    My condolences to the Dickson Family It was truly an pleasure to have Known such a beautiful Person she was As sweet as pie but didn’t take any mess I would always say I dreamed of her level of Confidence Such a Small person but her Personality could fill a room instantly Joanna will Truly be missed but Never Forgotten!!

  • Victor H. Benavides

    Family Dickson.

    When someone you love become a memory.
    The memory become a treasure

    With deepest Sympathy.

    Victor H. Benavides
    Quail Hollow Club

  • Felix Sabates Jr

    Dear friends, words are hard to express my sorrow for the lost of your wife, mother and grandchildren, she was one of my favorite people in Charlotte, always smile in her face and very nice and sweet to me for close to 40 years, she will be missed by everyone she ever touched, I will donate $ 25,000 today to Charities that are helping defeat this Corona Virus.
    I have been in Cat Cay for 33 days running away from this virus, but even if I was in Charlotte I could not see any of you, my heart is with your family.

    Ironically April 4th was special day to me my dad would have been 100 years old on these day.

    Felix (Amigo)

  • Holly Brown

    I''m so sorry for your loss. Joanne was such a sweetheart and will always be a treasure and never fotgotten!!! The Dicksons are in my prayers God bless.