Trella English Dickerson

1936 - 2021



Ms. Trella English Dickerson, age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 19, 2021.  She was born on September 18, 1936,  in Williamson, GA, to the late Kermit English and Oberia White English.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Derek Michael Dickerson.  Ms. Dickerson worked for many years at a legal secretary.

Ms. Dickerson is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law; Denise Carruthers of College Grove, TN; and Michelle Rogers and Gil Maddox of Anniston, AL.  She is also survived by grandchildren: Rachel Warner, Scott Batten, Rebecca Caldwell, Morgan Carruthers, and Nick Carruthers; and three great grandchildren.

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Angie, Bill & family.

March 23, 2021 10:17 AM

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Ted Hendricks

March 23, 2021 1:25 AM

When you are the youngest in the family especially in such a large family as we have your life as a child especially around the holidays seems like it has been pre-paved and everyone knows what to expect. We didn’t get to come up with the cool names like those firstborns did (shout out to Chet for “BoBo”!), but being southern meant I learned the terms “Aint” & “Unca” early on.
I used to always love the turn onto Allen Drive and pulling up to y’all’s house at Christmas time. When you walked in that back door you could feel the heat of the potbelly stove and you knew that Derek was off somewhere probably getting into trouble with Todd & Trey (they were like bookends weren’t they?) and of course I was right there behind. And there was Never a time that the three English girls ever sat together and didn’t get to cackling about something that Pawpaw or Granny did or would do back in the day. Even having to go to work with Mom down at the federal building meant I I got to see “Ain’t Trella”. In reality I got to “see”, (actually “witness” is more correct) at age 51 now looking back over the years. Because I knew so many people down that way after going to Gordon, I often heard the stories of the honor and dignity and grace and love that Aunt Trella would quietly show to those in her community at times of trouble and in times of need. It didn’t surprise me at all because that’s how generations of English’s were all raised. You knew one of Kermits chullins (and grand chullins) because they knew how to act and what to think.
But the song says “and you’ll know we are Christians by our love”, not by how we were raised, not by what we were taught to think, but by our love. The source of such love comes only from one place, “Calvary”.
Denise and Michelle, please know that those are not empty or hollow words shared in times of grief as Easter approaches. I write them because I never said them to her as i witnessed them, especially later in her life. Now as a 51-year-old looking back I’m still amazed at the dignity, honor, and grace that her actions showed AND bestowed, and often without a word being said.
My “Ain’t” Trella Mae didn’t have to say much, she let her actions do it for her, and this nephew was impacted by it. I saw her step outside of the boundaries of what would be acceptable and understandable to others and act based on love for others in their time of need.
I will close with an example, two actually, of knowing my “Aint” Trella was a Christian.
Number one I miss Derek in fact I know we all do but I think of the number of years that I was unaware of where he was or why he was away but recall being excited to hear that he was living in the apartment below Aunt Trella house, and had found a partner in life that she also welcomed. The service that she put on for him at her home was beautiful and I’m not ashamed that I can’t call derricks partners name. Would you like to know why? Because my Aunt Trella Mae understood completely the grief and overwhelmed emotions he was facing, and more than likely facing grief alone. Little did he know that the devastated and suddenly sonless mother he lived below also shed tears for his loss as well. On more than one occasion she simply and quietly shared that he was there but may not be up to coming upstairs for the service.
The second example? I miss Unca Mike too. Sadly, I have gone through 2 divorces as well, and though I would like to think I could pull off a memorial service at my home, I’m not sure it would even get to within shouting distance of the one she handled and hosted at her home.
I appreciate you reading this and I again apologize for its length, but I wanted both of my beautiful cousins to know that despite her faults, she had an impact on me with what I have shared here.
I’m betting Jesus hollered over at John the Baptist to tell Trella Mae it was time to put some “stay-all-night clothes down in paper sack-and fold the top down and put some tape or a staple in it so nothing falls out, and come see us!”

Russ &Gail Petty

March 22, 2021 10:11 PM

As you grieve know that we are thinking of you
Russ &Gail Petty

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Teresa Shackelford

March 22, 2021 6:43 PM

This is a great loss, my condolences to all the family. When I think  of Trella , I think of her as my soul cousin. She is missed. I loved her.

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March 22, 2021 3:29 PM
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