She was a charter member of Thompson Springs Baptist Church, where her family donated the property for the church.
She was a graduate of Bradley Central High School and graduated from National School of Business. She was retired from Taylor School cafeteria after 25 years of service. She was active in the Taylor Home Demonstration Club for many years.
She was a dedicated pastor's wife of the late Rev. Walter E. Dixon, who passed away in 1971. She graciously served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.
She was the daughter of the late Thomas Cook Thompson and Lela Patterson Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her sons: Walter L. "Buddy" Dixon and Mikel A. Dixon; brothers: Horace Thompson and Newell B. Thompson; sister, Inez Eaton; and son-in-law, Joe Raley.
Survivors include her children: Sue Raley of Bayminette, Ala., Faye Nease and husband, Clarence Nease, Dot Franks and husband, Dennis Franks, all of Cleveland, Mel Dixon and wife, Janice Dixon, of McMinnville and Wendell S. Dixon and wife, Debbie Dixon of Cleveland; nine grandchildren: Joe Lynn Raley, Jeff Raley, Todd Nease, Penny Alawat, Tonya Presswood, Dennis Franks Jr., Sherri Littrell, Shane Turner, Derek Dixon, Matt Dixon, Randy Dixon, Dwight Dixon, Perry Dixon and Tammy Dixon; several great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Epperson of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Joe White officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
Todd Nease, Dennis Franks Jr., Don Littrell, Derek Dixon, Robert Presswood and Luke Littrell will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Thompson Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 3874, Cleveland, TN 37320.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Dixon family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.