Mr. Jerry Watkins Dixon, 63 of Blackshear, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville following a brief illness.
Mr. Dixon was born in Waycross, GA on October 14, 1955 to Marion Lee Dixon and Leona Watkins Dixon. He moved to Blackshear as a small child and has been a resident there since. Mr. Dixon is a 1974 graduate of Blackshear High School and worked in his family's radio station, WBSG, before becoming an employee of West Fraser Timber (formally Gilman Building Products) in 1975. Always a civic servant, he served on many different boards and councils through the years including United Way of South Georgia, Red Cross, Leadership Pierce, Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and he also served as a city councilman for the City of Blackshear for several terms just to name a few. He maintained interest in downtown Blackshear and worked tirelessly to support law enforcement and city employees. He was always willing to help and would often be found quietly working behind the scenes in many organizations. He loved his community and loved his friends dearly. If you were a friend of Jerry you were a friend for life. He enjoyed antiquing, history, music, dancing, singing and he loved his nieces and nephews. His family will always remember his boiled peanuts, him speaking in his radio voice and always being a very kind and gentle man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Lee "M.L." and Leona Watkins Dixon; a brother, Marion Steven Dixon; and a nephew, Steven Chadwick Dixon.
He is survived by his fiancé and love of his life, Diane Mobley Stanfield of Blackshear; his twin brother, Terry (Judy Phillips) Dixon of St. Simons Island; sisters, Patti (Emil) Girardin of Valdosta, Sheila (Harry) Revell of Augusta, and Jane (Max) Silman of Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Judy Dixon of St. Simons Island; Nieces and Nephews, Paxton (Hilary) Morris and Jason (Patricia) Morris both of Atlanta, Anna Dixon Figueroa (Ed) of St. Simons, Austin (Kristi) Dixon and Adam Dixon all of Blackshear, Taylor (Benjamin) Rambow of Honolulu, Hawaii and Sierra (Derek) Hammock of Athens, Hunt Revell of Athens, Dixon (Charlene) Revell of Augusta, Elle (Benton) Johnson of Charleston, South Carolina, Zach Lee of Charleston, South Carolina, and Parker Lee of Blackshear; his fiance's children, Tiffany & Kevin Moir of Marietta, and Brandon & Heather Stanfield, children, Lia Stanfield and Turner Stanfield all of Jesup; and several other relatives and numerous friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Dixon will be held Saturday morning, May 25, 2019, at 11:00 o'clock from the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 until 7 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family kindly requests that all City of Blackshear City Council members as well as city employees (Blackshear Police Department and Blackshear Fire Department) serve as honorary pallbearers. All active and honorary pallbearers - please meet at the church by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Memorials may be made to the Blackshear Fire Department, 219 Nichols St., Blackshear, GA 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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