LAUREL SPRINGS Jarvis Gray Dickens, 80, of 540 George Shepherd Rd. in Laurel Springs, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at his residence. He was born May 20, 1939, in Halifax County, to Alma Grey Dickens Dickens and the late Milton Cook Dickens. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Dickens. Mr. Dickens is survived by his wife, Sally Shepherd Dickens of the home; mother, Alma D. Dickens of Roanoke Rapids; a son, Jarvis Scott Dickens and wife, Anita, of Statesville; three daughters, Melynda Anders and husband, Terry, of Grassy Creek, Bonnie Moser and husband, Tim, of Raleigh, Cynthia Rosenbalm and husband, Chris, of Statesville; 13 grandchildren, Charlie Payne (Jessica), Dorothy Lou Bierbower (Chris), Austin Payne (Rick), Katie Bailey, Emmylou Payne (Jamie), Taylor Cline (Issac), Hannah Rosenbalm, Joshua Dickens, George Dickens, Joseph Moser, Ryan Moser (Emily), Morgan Anders, Taylor Anders; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sarah Dickens Carr of Morehead City, Julia Ann Dickens of Roanoke Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Jarvis will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at Bellview Baptist Church, 2679 NC Hwy. 113 in Laurel Springs, with the Revs. Danny Pruitt and Lloyd Burgess officiating. Interment will follow in Cranberry Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medi-Home Hospice of Ashe, P.O. Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640. Eric Thomas Funeral Service Licensee, LLC, is honored to be serving the Dickens family. If you wish, online condolences may be extended to the family at

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