Lela Ward Dickerson, a former mayor of Hollywood, died Wednesday. She was 90 and living in Lillington, N.C.
Daughter of the late Daniel and Lucy Spain Ward, Dickerson was born July 4, 1919, in Raleigh. She was the widow of Robert Lee Dickerson.
After retiring from Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. in 1976, she turned her attention to politics.
With no previous experience as an elected official, she campaigned in Hollywood for an improved economy and won the mayor's seat in June 1979.
Dickerson served as the town's mayor until 1989. She is credited with bringing water and sewer to the Petersfield community.
That project, along with a waterline extension provided by the Charleston Commissioners of Public Works, helped Dickerson increase Hollywood's population from 180 in 1980 to 2,500 in 1986 and expand the town's city limits by eight miles.
The funeral was Friday in North Carolina. Burial will be at 2 p.m. today in Live Oak Cemetery in Charleston, according to O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home of Lillington.