|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1947|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 1965|
New Mexico, USA
Clovis Nes Journal
Friday, July 9, 1965
MELROSE -----An outstanding Fort sumner athlete was killed in a second seriously jnjured in a grinding car-truck collision 15 miles west of Melrose about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Killed was George Robert (Bobby) Dickens, 18, who was pronounced dead on arrival at Clovis Memorial Hospital at 10:10 p.m.
Dickens was a passenger in a 1964 model automobile dirven by Bob Hobbs, 16, also of Fort Sumner, which collided head-on with a semi carrying a 33,000 pound cargo of beef on its way to El Paso.
Dickens, son of Mrs. O. L. Thomas, and Hobss, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Hobbs, were headed east on U.S. 60-84 when the auto collided with the truck, driven by Roy Harmon, 49, 1118 West, Clovis.
State Policeman Jack Childress, who investigated the accident, said the auto turned left in front of the west-bround truck just before impact. Skid marks left by the automobile indiecated the Hobbs boy had had his brakes locked for 132 feet before impact.
The vehicle was mashed under the truck just behind the cab on the right side, leaving deep gouges in the highway extending for 173 fee as the truck went of of control and skidded off the highway, pulling the auto with it.
Childress stated that the Dickens boy was pulled out of the wreckage, feet first, through what had been the windshield.
"I can't be sure he was dead, but I couldn't find a pulse," he said.
Harmon, who was not injured said the Hobbs boy crowled out of the car by himself.
"I tried to get him to stay in the car, but he wanted to crawl out," he said.
OBITUARY for CHARLES ROBERT (BOBBY) DICKENS
Clovis News Journal, Sunday, July 11, 1965
GEORGE R. DICKENS
FORT SUMNER (Staff)
Funeral services for George Robert (Bobby) Dickens, 18, who was killed in a grinding car-truck collision 13 miles west of Melrose Thursday will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Fort Sumner Baptist Church, with the Rev. Raymond Praff officiating.
Burial will be in the Fort Sumner cemetery under the directon of Julian's Mortuary.
Dickens, who would have been a senior at Fort Sumner High School this fall, was a passenger in an auto driven by Bob Hobbs, 16, also of Fort Sumner, who is still listed in serious condition at Memorial Hospital in Clovis following a head-on collision with a semi carrying a 33,000 pound cargo of beef.
The driver of the truck, Roy Harmon, 49, 1116 West, Clovis, was not injured in the collision.
Our cousin was a handsome young man, bent on bettering his life and determined to work hard and make it happen.
Side note: Othar "Red" Thomas was Bobby's step-father, not to diminish the relationship in any way. For all intents and purposes, he loved and raised Bobby as his own. He was his daddy.
Othar Lee Thomas (1922 - 2001)
Juanita Myree Helton McCalla (1930 - 2005)
George Robert (Bobby) Dickens (1947 - 1965)
Susan Othelda Thomas Grantham (1953 - 2006)*
Donald Lawson Thomas (1954 - 1967)*
Fort Sumner Cemetery
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Block C, Lot 26, Space A
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Originally Created by: Janet Castor
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