Obituary and funeral services: Doris (Pinky) Marie Covington Dicus

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Our beloved mother Doris (Pinky) Marie Covington Dicus, age 94 of Loganville GA, widow of Leon (Dike) Ellis Dicus, Jr. passed into eternal life on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. She was born in Plainview, TX, on June 28, 1922, the second child of Judson Adoniram Covington and Mary Esther Mitchell Covington. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and brother, Lawrence Spencer Covington. She is survived by her three children Dennis Dicus (Judy) of Yorktown, VA, David Dicus (Penny) of Loganville, GA, and Linda Dicus (John Yust) of Knoxville, TN; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister Polly Covington Morrison Perry of Birmingham, AL.
Pinky lived in a series of towns in TX and OK eventually attending high school in N. Little Rock, AK, where she met her future husband. Pinky and Dike were married in N. Little Rock in 1941 and lived there until Dike entered the Navy. After the war they took up residence in Chattanooga, TN, and lived successively in Tullahoma and Nashville, TN, before settling in the Atlanta area in 1966.
In Atlanta Pinky continued a retailing career begun in Nashville with W. T. Grant and learned to drive in her mid-forties so she could help open new retail stores in the metro area. With the untimely death of Dike in 1971, she showed remarkable resilience and a quiet strength undergirded by a deep Christian faith that sustained her through a long widowhood. She purchased her own home and continued her retail career with Davidson’s until retirement. She lived on her own into her late eighties.
Pinky’s love of music began in childhood and brought her life-long pleasure. She was a knowledgeable musician who could teach others in the church choirs she sustained over her lifetime. She was a committed Christian and remained a member of Briar Lake Baptist Church for more than 40 years and was in the Winsome Sunday School Class.
Pinky’s great passion was dancing which she first learned to do surreptitiously as a teenager. As a widow she took ballroom dancing and took up clogging and line dancing through life enrichment at her church. She joined with other retired ladies to form a clogging group called the Funsters that performed in venues around the area ranging from nursing homes to Lenox Square. She enjoyed many varieties of dancing for several years with a regular dancing partner who towered more than a foot over petite Pinky. Never losing her love of dance, she was still dancing in her eighties and would spontaneously break into a clogging step most any time or place including in the hallway of a hospital where she was being treated.
Pinky dearly loved her family and was beloved by them. She thrilled to their accomplishments and stood by them in times of difficulty displaying unconditional love. She taught us by quiet example, gentleness and humility to treat all people with respect, tolerance, kindness and love.
Her last few years were a time of increasing health challenges that demonstrated her often surprising strength and resilience. We wish to express our deep gratitude to her caregivers of the last year, Alice Faye Jones and the staff of New London Health Center.
The Funeral Service to honor and celebrate the life of Doris (Pinky) Dicus will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Burial will follow to Resthaven Cemetery, Decatur, GA at 12:30PM.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company”, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Reposted courtesy of Wages Funeral Home.

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