Harry S. Dickey Jr., 80, woolen mill vice president

January 25, 2004

Harry S. Dickey Jr., a former official of his family's Oella woolen mill, died Jan. 18 of Alzheimer's disease in a Greenville, S.C., nursing home. The former Ruxton resident was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, he attended McDonogh School and graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa.

He served in the Pacific with the Marine Corps in World War II and later graduated from Lowell Textile Institute.

He went to work for W.J. Dickey & Sons Inc. woolen manufacturers in Oella. The company was founded by Mr. Dickey's great-grandfather in 1838. As vice president, he handled personnel matters and the purchase of machinery until the mill closed in 1972. He also assisted in the operation of the old Ashland Mill in Dickeyville from 1954 until it closed in 1972. He moved to Greenville about 30 years ago.

Mr. Dickey was a member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Harriet Rice; two sons, Bruce S. Dickey and Scott A. Dickey, both of Greenville; a daughter, Louise D. Ashby of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, Allen Wilson of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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