S. Jones Dickinson, 88, worked in feed business

March 23, 2003

Sayers Jones Dickinson, who worked in his family's feed and grain business for 42 years, died Thursday at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson of double pneumonia. He was 88.

With his brother and an uncle, Mr. Dickinson started the Virginia-Maryland Dairy Feeders in Baltimore in 1934 and served as vice president until retiring in 1975. The business, which shipped animal feed worldwide, was later renamed Sherwood Feed Mills.

Mr. Dickinson, who was known by his middle name, was born and raised on a farm near Fredericksburg, Va. His father was a state legislator and general store owner.

Mr. Dickinson spent a year at the University of Richmond before dropping out because it was too costly. He moved to Baltimore with his brother, thinking it would be a good place to do business. Later, he settled in Towson.

He had season tickets for the Colts and Orioles, and he played golf.

In addition, he was a Mason, serving as an ambassador and a jester of Shrine clubs in Baltimore and Naples, Fla., where he vacationed in the winter during his retirement. He belonged to the Towson Methodist Church.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Dickinson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Lester Lee Perdew Dickinson of Towson; a son, Terry Dickinson of Parkville; a daughter, Barbara Lee MacHale of Morristown, N.J.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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