Juanita W. Dickerson, former Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Fairfax, passed away on Sunday. The city mourns her passing, and has lowered its flags to half-staff in her honor.
Mrs. Dickerson, 78, was elected as the City of Fairfax Commissioner of the Revenue in 1981, retiring in 1997 after four terms.
Mrs. Dickerson was born and raised in Beverly, W.Va. After graduating from high school at age 16, she earned a degree from Fairmont Business College. After graduation, she moved to Herndon, Va., where she met and married Marvin Dickerson. The young couple lived in an apartment in Arlington, Va., before settling into their home in Warren Woods in 1956.
As a resident of the Warren Woods neighborhood, she served in leadership positions with Warren Woods/Joyce Heights Civic Association (which later merged with the neighboring Westmore neighborhood association).
The city resident was very active in her community. She was a member of the Woman's Club of Fairfax for more than three decades and was involved in the Fairfax Little League. She was the treasurer of the City of Fairfax Senior Advisory Council and was an active member of the Fairfax Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dickerson was a certified public accountant who owned her own accounting business, Nita's Bookkeeping Service, which maintained active accounts for more than half a century. She also worked for the city for four years as a tax technician immediately before city residents elected her as Commissioner of the Revenue in 1981.
Her career as a professional bookkeeper led her to her involvement with the Fairfax City Federal Credit Union, which serves City of Fairfax government employees and their families. Her initial involvement was as bookkeeper in the early years of the credit union, and as a member she remained involved in many capacities for nearly half a century, including president.
Mrs. Dickerson is survived by her husband of 57 years, Marvin; children Marvin Jr. (Cheryl) of Fairfax, Va., George (Tamela), of Burke, Va., and Revedean of White Plains, NY; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, April 2, noon to 4 pm
Sunday, April 3, 1-4 pm
Everly's Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street (703-385-1110)
Monday, April 4, 11 am
Fairfax Baptist Church, 10930 Main Street, Fairfax
Internment immediately following the service at the City of Fairfax Cemetery, 10567 Main Street
Information provided by City of Fairfax.