John Riley Dixon Jr., 83, father, grandfather, great grandfather, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, after a brief illness.
Born May 14, 1936 in Blackshear, Riley was raised in Pierce County and that’s where he met his one true love, the late Sue Ellen “Susie” Sims Dixon. The two were happily married on September 12, 1959 and raised three children.
Riley retired from the Department of Agriculture as a Senior Inspector, but he continued working there part time. He was a passionate outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and tending his garden. He was a member of the Blackshear Presbyterian Church, the Pierce County Hunting Club, drank coffee every morning at Odean’s, and with the “social club” that met every afternoon. His family will miss his weekly meals that included his famous fried chicken and potato salad.
He was a son of the late John Riley and Myrtle Addie Sikes Dixon, Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Sue Ellen “Susie” Sims Dixon; his daughter, Robbin Dixon Combs; his sister, Kathryn Christmas; and his two brothers, Frank C. Dixon and Max B. Dixon.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca (Wes) Taylor of Blackshear; his son John Riley "Rick" Dixon III of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Ellen (Cliff) Knowlton, Lauren (Brandon) Wilkes, Mallory Wood, and Morgan (Seth) Melton; 4 great grandchildren, Blythe Knowlton, Reagan Wilkes, Grier Knowlton and Carter Wilkes; his dog, Carol; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3:00 o'clock.
Memorialization is by Cremation.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Blackshear Presbyterian Church.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.