David Dickerson


David Dickerson was born in Chicago to Louis and Lucille on October 24, 1964. His parents and three siblings-Eddie, Joyce, Debra-preceded him in death.

David was educated in the Chicago public school system. It was there he first became acquainted with playing drums, which would later become a lifetime passion.

In an effort to find new directions, David relocated to Columbus, Ohio; where he met, fell in love and married the love of his life, Janice Mills.
David loved God and he loved serving. He became a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Columbus, under the leadership of his uncle, Bishop Fred L. Marshall. He later moved his membership to Serenity Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Derrick Bass.

David’s passion for playing drums led him to become a talented and renowned drummer – playing for various artists and a number of churches.

The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to David. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially with his many nieces and nephews. He got even greater enjoyment from assigning unique nicknames to family, friends, and even people in general – it didn’t matter.

David greatly prided himself on his sobriety. Along with family and friends, on January 18, 2021, he celebrated twenty-six liberating years! David often felt led to encourage others by sharing his life experiences.
Our Dear David departed this life on Friday, April 2nd, at Doctor’s Hospital.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his children, Ezettrick, David, Tamala and Christopher; 8 brothers, Henry Griffin (Shalonda), Louis Jr., Ronald, Gregory, Freddie (Regina), Frank (Cheryl), Anthony (Shelley), and Richard; 7 sisters, Geraldine (Kelvin), Patricia, Janet, Denise, Marjorie, Cynthia, and Shakeda; and his beloved Janice.

Cherishing his loving memories and remembering David with love are his nieces and nephews who he loved dearly and cherished unconditionally; extended family and friends; and special friends, Bobby, Larry, Xavier, Clarence, Marcus, Booker, Guy, Head, Linnie and Kid.

Sleep on Dear David and take your rest. We all love you dearly and yet, God loved you best!

PUBLIC Visitation 11:00 AM and PUBLIC Funeral Service 12:00 PM Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Smyrna Baptist Church, 1650 Wilson Ave 43207. Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the DICKERSON Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

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Condolence Messages

  1. Keith and Marti Kendrick

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave.

  2. RIParadise Bug David. Lil David and I love you and will miss you dearly. Continue to watch over us.

  3. Rip lil dave going to miss u love you bro

  4. Rochelle Peak

    You are going to be truly missed. Tell Pea I said hello. See you on the over side rest on David your labor was not in vain!

  5. Lizzie Crowell

    My deepest sympathy to the Family of David (Lil Dave). Janet remember God will see your through this. I’m going to miss him.

  6. Nichole Owens

    OG Dav, was always there for Ashley & Louis and he is truly going to be missed… But to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. My prayers to the Dickerson Family….

  7. I still can’t believe he’s gone and will truly miss everything. I love you David and always will. My condolences to the family

  8. Prayers Mr.Ron for you and the family rest well David

  9. Sending My Sincerest Condolences To The Family Of Lil Dave. He Was A Special Kind Of Person. He Always Had A Smile on His And Always Made You Laugh. RIP And You Will Be Missed.

  10. To the family of David. He will be at rest . David will be remembered by his joyous spirit, and known to be inspiration to all he came in contact with.

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