Treva Jearlene Dickson Sheets was born in McMinnville, TN on August 15, 1941, and passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Fairhope, Alabama.
Treva was preceded in death by her father, Asa E. Dickson (1918-1969), her mother, Velma L. McCormick Dickson (1921-1996) and by her husband, Dennis N. Sheets (1940-2020), to whom she was lovingly married for 59-years.
They were blessed with three wonderful children, Laura L. Sheets of Alabama, Lawrence M. Sheets (Lisa) of Ohio, and Travis N. Sheets (Cécile) of Illinois; her four marvelous grandchildren, Ian Sheets, Amanda Sheets Winstead (Alec), Dylan Sheets, Elliot Sheets; and one terrific great grandson, Theodore Winstead. Treva is also survived by her precious siblings, Clata F. Carter (Nick) and Jerry E. Dickson (Marilyn); in-law siblings and their spouses and families; and many other special family members and precious friends.
A brief service in the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Fairhope prayer garden will be held Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. when her ashes will be interred alongside her loving husband. Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. Their guest book and obituaries have space to add memories and thoughts, and all are encouraged to read and comment. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to Trinity Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. Treva thought they did many “good works.”
Her parents were born in Warren County and White County, TN. They died in Phoenix, AZ and there were a lot of moves in between. Even so, Treva had a happy childhood, felt loved, and adjusted well to each new adventure. Her dad worked in construction (mostly as a welder/pipefitter) and went wherever there was work and her mother made sure they took their “home” with them wherever they went.
Treva knew Dennis casually in high school, but they didn’t date until after she had returned from her first year away at college and they met again at a service station. She loved Dennis’ sense of humor and appreciated his kindness, ready laughter, and willingness to help. She graduated from Griffith High School, went to Tennessee Temple University for a year, decided she already knew how to do what she wanted to do and didn’t need a degree. Afterwards, she took courses in things of interest to her (sometimes for fun, sometimes for work) at Purdue Ext, the local Y, in-house insurance underwriting, Ohio State University (where she learned to love the Buckeyes) and TV. She was one of the most learned, well-rounded, sensitive, and wonderful people you would ever meet, able to enjoy anybody and any conversation.
Treva and Dennis were married in 1961 in Highland, IN. They lived in Hessville, Hammond, Lafayette, and Indianapolis, IN before moving to Columbus, OH for 30 years. After they retired, they returned to Highland to help Dennis’ mother for the next 10-years before moving to Fairhope, Alabama to their little patch of “paradise in the sun” they purchased in 2012. So often smiling and laughing about flowers outside their windows, during the winter months, when they would call or Skype with friends and family.
Treva felt particularly blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children for 17-years before returning to public work. Treva and Dennis encouraged their children to experience these basic things: the love of God, the loyalty of family, the wonders of travel and the adventure transport of reading books. Treva had a passion for helping little children and was often taking care of them via babysitting, playing games and making cookies with the neighborhood kids, making learning easy, going for walks or having an adventure, such as taking the bus downtown just to ride the outside glass elevator. She worked in our churches in nursery, taught various ages of Sunday School, Bible School, and helped with Sunday night cooking for the teens. She helped with Cub Scouts through Webelos Scouts, and Dennis managed the regular Scouts. Treva was even able to get the funds and equipment of a local defunct scout troop transferred to another local scout troop, instead of having it leave the area, so that the boys for whom it was intended would benefit and not just some random business. Treva thought the local elementary school playground should have some playground equipment instead of only trees. She made a plan, got the needed approvals, and after 3-years of fund-raising, and lots of hard work from her husband, friends, and PTA workers, the kids had a real playground.
Her perfect evening would be spent visiting and laughing with family and friends, or playing cards and board games. She particularly enjoyed reading, doing embroidery work, oil painting, organizing, and corresponding with those she loved. And if you’re reading this now, you know that you belong to that very special group.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.