Madison mother remembers son's death on 9/11 - - Jackson, MS

Madison mother remembers son's death on 9/11

MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The mother of a 911 victim, who grew up in Mississippi, says she doesn't plan to watch much of the coverage of the 10th anniversary of the event that changed America.

Seventy-two-year-old Carolyn Hicks of Madison, is the mother of Lt. Col. Jerry Don Dickerson from Durant. Dickerson was working in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building. He was killed, along with 188 other people.

Lt. Col. Jerry Don Dickerson, grew up in Durant, Mississippi. He was 41-years-old when he died a horrible death in the Pentagon when the American airlines jet was flown into the building. He was a systems analyst for the U.S. Army.

Carolyn Hicks, has since moved to Madison, where she agreed to talk with us about how she will choose to remember the fun times with her son this tenth anniversary of his death.

"I don't have to turn the TV on and watch it. I have a choice of what I want to take in my mind and in my heart. And I had rather think of the living little boy, and he joy that he brought when I had him," Hicks said.

Carolyn Hicks believes God was teaching the United States a lesson, when he allowed 911 to happen.

"It felt like that was a wake up call for America. To kind of get her act together. And that's in all realms of life," Hicks said.

Hicks talks about how she knew god was going to take something away from her, just before 911.

"And the minute we saw it on TV, I knew what god was wanting me to give up. My son," Hicks added.

She counsels all of us to try to stay on good terms with our loved ones and when we part tell each other how much we love each other.

"I love you, bye, I love you too mom, we will see you next trip. Those were our last words," Hicks remembers.

Carolyn Hicks does not blame the government for letting 911 happen and she says she cannot say Osama bin Laden deserved to be killed, but, in her words...

"Evil should be punished and he was evil," Hicks added.

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