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Ms. Anliza Dickens
(January 18, 1916 - December 28, 2012)

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Ms. Anliza Dickens

Anliza Johnson Dickens, daughter of the late Jonathan and Maggie Johnson, was born on January 18, 1916 in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. She resided with her family until moving to Petersburg, Virginia where she lived for many years. Her last few years were spent at Golden Living Center, Petersburg. On Friday, December 28, 2012, God called her from her earthly home to a heavenly home for eternal rest.

Anliza gave her life to Christ at an early age, and became a member of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Upon relocating to Petersburg in 1965, Anliza became a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, which was located at that time on Virginia Avenue in Petersburg. She loved the atmosphere of worship at Good Shepherd, and remained a faithful attendee until her health declined. In 2012, she was honored and celebrated as the oldest member.

Anliza was the wife of Harvey Dickens who preceded her in death on October 4, 1995. They were married on December 27, 1934, and shared a marriage for 60 years. Also preceding her in death was a son, James Aaron Dickens (Vietnam in 1968), and 10 siblings: Josephine Johnson Whitaker, Nathaniel Johnson, Frank Johnson, Maggie Anna Johnson Pittman, Phillip Johnson, William Thomas Johnson, Amy Johnson Allen, and 1 sibling who died during infancy.

To cherish her precious memories, she leaves behind five loving and devoted daughters Annie D. Henderson, South Chesterfield, VA; Alberta D. Humes, Washington DC; Novella D. Carpenter, Randallstown, MD; Mary D. Jones, Fayetteville. NC; Minnie D. Wallace, South Chesterfield, VA.; two sons, Joseph P. Dickens and Clifton Dickens, Sr. of Petersburg, VA.; two sisters, Dorothy Johnson Whitaker of Scotland Neck, NC and Sadie Daniels of Whitaker, NC; one brother-in-law, Roger Whitaker; fourteen (14) grandchildren, Yvette and Michael Humes, Tonya and Jason Henderson (Kaileen), John, Jr. and Kristina Jones, Brandon Kimble(ToShera), Clifton, Jr. and Carlos Dickens, Candace Dickens-Brooks, Angela James, Je’Nard Carpenter, Marcus and Shanda Wallace; and seven (7) great- grandchildren: Steven Price, Kyhir and Makena James, Deshawn Delane, Braylon Kimble, and Mikayla and Kira Humes; daughter-in-laws, Sarah Dickens, Mary Dickens; son-in-laws, George Henderson, Rev. Lawrence Carpenter, John Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Reverend Jeffrey Reaves, Presiding, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA. Interment will be in Scotland Neck, NC. The family will receive friends and acquaintances at William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, 137Harrison Street, Petersburg, on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 5:00-6:00pm. The family and friends will assemble at the resident of George and Annie Henderson at 3705 Dupuy Road, Ettrick, VA The day of the funeral.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. Rev. William N. and Doris Bland, Jr. and Mr. James I. Gay, funeral directors. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at


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