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Emerson Dickey

April 27, 2022


Emerson Dickey


Emerson Dickey, 77, of Burlington, passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022.


Emerson was born on December 22, 1944, in Tampa, Fla.  He grew up primarily in Greensboro, NC and was very active outdoors with his brother Bill.  He was (in)famous for his love of snakes of all kinds.  Emerson attended Guilford School and graduated from High School in 1962.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in business administration in 1967.    


Emerson began a consulting career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta after he graduated from UNC.  He had a long and successful 34-year career with many leadership roles and was a key part of the transformation to Andersen Consulting and then Accenture.  Emerson worked in many different offices including Tampa, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Mexico City and he traversed the globe many times in supporting his clients and his people.


Emerson was able to return to his love of the outdoors when he retired to a 50-acre homestead in Lenoir, NC in 2000.  He spent the next 19 years transforming a small mountain house into a fantastic mountain retreat.  In addition to adding a pond and a large vegetable garden, he planted flowers, bushes, and beautiful trees throughout the grounds.  The Lenoir house became a favorite place to visit for all his grandchildren. 


Emerson and Cheryl started a new adventure in 2010 when they became RVers.  Over the next 10 years, they travelled all over the United States and Canada.  They made new friends all over the country and became active in various RV clubs. 


Throughout his life, his real “happy place” was Topsail Beach.  Beach week began as an annual tradition in the entire Dickey family in the early 1970s.  Emerson kept the tradition going every summer and every child and grandchild fondly remembers “seafood night” and the annual putt-putt tournament.  Emerson and Cheryl spent a great deal of time at the beach the last few years.


In addition to his love of snakes, Topsail Beach, his grandchildren and RVs, Emerson had several other passions.  He loved fine wine, oysters, artwork, deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys, and he never ever missed a chance to eat fried chicken. 


Emerson was the son of the late Mary Todd Kinney and Emerson Dickey, Sr.  He is survived by his wife Cheryl Dickey, his sister Marianna Harris (Gary), brother Bill Dickey (Ferne), children Alex Dickey (Christa), Susan Caffrey (John), Maria Longenecker (Chuck), Emerson Dickey III (Courtney), Amy Bishop (Marc), and Angie Corbett (Drew), and grandchildren Jackson, Claudia, Jack, David, Victoria, Sam, Charles, Charlotte, Collin, Grayson, Cora, Dylan, and Elizabeth.


A Memorial Service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter on Saturday, May 7th at 2pm.  A private burial for family will be done at a future date. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Emerson’s name to Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter 320 East Davis Street Burlington, NC 27215 or Christian Adventures P.O. Box 292 Graham, NC 27253.  Online condolences may be left at 

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Memorial Service
May 7, 2022

2:00 PM
Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
320 E Davis Street
Burlington, NC 27215

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