Clyde C. "Dick" Dickson

July 22, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Clyde Cecil “Dick” Dickson Jr., 83, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at CMC Atrium. A Charlotte native, Clyde was born on July 11, 1937, son of Clyde Cecil Dickson and Ethel Thompson Dickson. He attended Sewanee Military Academy and Porter Military in Charleston before graduating from Myers Park High School where he played football for Coach Gus Purcell.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Clyde began what would be an over fifty-year career at the C.C. Dickson Company. He was the Chairman of the Croydon Corporation, parent company of C.C. Dickson Company. Clyde’s career included countless volunteer boards and committees. He was particularly proud of being a Life-time member of the Board of Wingate University and a board member of the Jesse Helms Center as well as being a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and a member of Myers Park Baptist Church.

Clyde was guided by a saying passed down to him by his father, “The two most important things in life are the ability to manage and the ability to get along”. He deeply loved and cared for his family and his employees and always tried to lead by example. He had an innate ability to get along by remaining humble and being non-deserving.

Clyde is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Copses Dickson; seven children, Anne D. Jordan of Charlotte, Wynne D. Stegall and her husband, Edward of Monroe, NC, Liz D. Bleacher of Charlotte, Page D. Henderson and her husband, Mark of Charlotte, C.C. Dickson III of Cornelius, NC, Thomas Huntley Dickson and his wife, Mary Ellen of Lancaster, PA and Walter Ernest Dickson and his wife, Judy of Stanford, CT; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert T. Dickson and his wife, Roye Ann of Matthews.

In addition to his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by a sister, Cecelia Stewart.

Graveside services will be private at Forest Lawn West Cemetery.

Memorial may be sent to The Salvation Army, 4025 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28217

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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  • Jay Hennett

    Dick was a father & mentor to all of his employees, specially me, I will truly miss him.

  • Tony Blanton

    Mr Dickson was on of those rare people you did not always see or hear but his Presence seemed to Always Be Close. A Man of integrity and Love for His Family and Employees. Mr Dickson will be missed by many but will always be Remembered By the People that Loved Him . May God continue to Bless His Family and most of all Mrs Dickson who stood By Him as the Model Wife She was.

  • Len Peacock

    Great leader of CC Dickson Co of whom I worked for he loved his company and his employees.He was highly thought of by other. CC Dickson company to me was known for customer service loyalty to their customers.I wished the company had never sold I had met a lot of customers since the acquisition and they really miss the company that Mr. Dickson had formed there will never be HVAC wholesaler like that again. He will be missed.

  • Nancy Henderson

    Jim and I enjoyed many thanksgiving dinners at Page and Mark’s with Dick. He was a fount of knowledge about Charlotte and we always enjoyed these times with him and his wife. Jim & Nancy Henderson.

  • Debbie Correll

    I am honored to have known and worked with this kind, generous and thoughtful man for many years at C. C Dickson Co., and then at Croydon Corporation. His caring nature for everyone he knew is something very rare, but not for this wonderful man. Rest in Peace, Dick.
    Dorothy and family, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • H. Wilson Glasgow

    Dorothy, we are at the beach and I just heard the sad news. Dick set the bar for being a friend and a gentleman. I will always be grateful for his support and friendship that we enjoyed for so many years. I send to you and your family my love and sympathy at this sad time. I will always remember Dick Dickson. I will be in touch when we return. Most sincerely, Wilson

  • Shay Belton

    I worked with Dick in the main office for nearly 20 years! He was a fine man, patient and always interested in the lives of this employees! I knew the entire family and send my deepest sympathies to each of them! He was a great me not and a cherished friend! He will always be remembered in my heart ❤!

  • Bill Reemsnyder

    So sorry to hear of Mr Dickson's passing. We only met a few times and he was always humble and gracious. The crew at the old CC Dickson 1030 hope his family is at peace. God Bless you all.

  • Jon Boone

    Mr. Dickson's business and family legacy are both set in stone. I remember all too well my very first interaction with Mr. Dickson at the C.C. Dickson Company. I could barely sleep the night before my meeting knowing that I was to be presenting to an industry icon. He immediately put me at ease and we got down to the business at hand. He lead a remarkable company that many of us in the southeast HVAC market miss to this day. My very best wishes to his family during this time.

  • David Griffin

    Peace and prayers to all of the family. Mr. Dickson was one of a kind, and touched so many lives. His family and extended work family will always remember what all he had done for so many people and how he loved his family. He will be missed.

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