Dr. Billy M. Dickey passed away March 13, 2013. He was born in Palestine, Texas where he graduated as the valedictorian of Palestine High School in 1951. He received his B.A. in History in 1956 from The University of Texas at Austin. In 1960, he attended The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he received his M.D.
Dr. Dickey completed his internship and residency in Austin at Breckenridge Hospital and then specialized in Urology at the UT Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston, Texas in 1965.
Dr. Dickey received his medical board of Urology and American College of Surgeons in 1969. He was an urologist in El Paso, Texas until he retired in 1998.
Dr. Dickey was extremely proud to have served as the team physician for The University of Texas at El Paso athletic department from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. For his support and service to the UTEP athletic department he was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dr. Dickey was a kind and generous man who loved El Paso. But he never forgot his roots that were anchored in the red dirt of the East Texas farm where he grew up. He was an accomplished pianist and used that talent to support himself through college and medical school. He was a devoted son to his mother and father, Melvin and Maurine Dickey, and reveled in the love of his family.
He is survived by his brother, Bobby Dickey of Tyler, Texas; and children, Gary Dickey, Cheryl Diane Bennett of El Paso and Denise LeFevre of Houston. The children’s spouses include Gretchen Dickey, Jay Bennett and Brad LeFevre. He also is survived by his stepchildren, Peter Bustillos, Michael Bustillos and wife Kathy and Teri O’Conner and husband Randy. He was grandfather to Jermiah Dickey, Riley Becker, Zach Dickey, Hallett Dickey, Shyann Scott, Lindsey Bennett, Houston Bennett, Cody Bennett, Burke LeFevre, Peyton LeFevre and stepgrandchildren, Matthew Bustillos, Sarah Bustillos, Kelly Bustillos, Joseph Bustillos and Noel Bustillos.
Dr. Dickey was preceded in death by his wife, Lyndia Dickey; and his son, Ronnie Dickey.
Services were held Saturday, March 16, 2013 in El Paso.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the University of Texas-El Paso Athletics Scholarship Fund.