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Mrs. Alma Grey Dickens left this world peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in Roanoke Rapids, where she had celebrated her 104th birthday the previous September 15. 


She has joined her husband, Milton Cook Dickens, whom she married on May 17, 1933; parents Charles Maynard Dickens and Agnes Hux Dickens; sister Mercer Crawley Hux; brothers Austin, Tony, Walter, Milton and Julian Dickens; son Robert and his wife Annie; son Jarvis; and son-in-law Stanley Carr. 

She is survived by a brother, Mahlon Dickens (Alice), of Raleigh; daughters Sarah Carr, of Morehead City, and Julia Ann Dickens, of Roanoke Rapids; and daughter-in-law Sally Shepherd Dickens of Laurel Springs.  

Also surviving are grandchildren Annie Dickens Barrish (Bruce), Michelle Dickens Novella (John), Cheryl Dickens Sponagle, David Carr (Dorothy), Nancy Carr, Douglas Carr (Carolyn), Daniel Carr, Melynda Dickens Anders (Terry), Bonnie Dickens Moser (Tim), Scott Dickens (Anita), and Cynthia Dickens Rosenbalm (Chris); and special family members Steve and Connie Hill. There are 28 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Alma Grey loved all of her family! 

Alma Grey grew up on a farm and joined her husband in management of a family farm upon marriage.  

In 1942, she and Milton and their young family settled in Black Mountain, NC, with hopes of improving his asthma. 

After her children were grown, she enjoyed working and volunteering in various organizations throughout the communities of Black Mountain and Swannanoa before returning to Halifax County in 1989. 

She then became a full-time grandma, gardener, nature lover, comedian and gourmet Southern cook for her family and friends. 

She was a lifelong active member of the Methodist church, both in Roanoke Rapids and Black Mountain, NC. 

She provided a wealth of wisdom and love to her friends and family and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will forever be known for her kindness to others and her wry wit, and she was quick with a joke or a song up until her last days with her friends and visitors at Liberty Commons. She lived a rich life!

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to Rosemary United Methodist Church, 900 Jackson St., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
The family accompanied by the Rev. Steve McElroy will conduct a burial service on January 18 at 11:00 am at Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, 13661 Justice Branch Rd, Littleton, NC.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at Rosemary Methodist Church, 900 Jackson St, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service.