Jerry Watkins Dixon
Jerry Watkins Dixon, 63, of Blackshear, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, following a brief illness.
He was born in Waycross, October 14, 1955 to Marion Lee “M.L.” Dixon and Leona Watkins Dixon. He moved to Blackshear as a small child and has been a resident here since. He was a 1974 graduate of Blackshear High School and worked in his family’s radio station, WBSG, before becoming an employee of West Fraser Timber (formerly 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.
Survivors include his fiancé and love of his life, Diane Mobley Stanfield, Blackshear; his twin brother, Terry (Judy Phillips) Dixon, St. Simons Island; sisters, Patti (Emil) Girardin, Valdosta, Sheila (Harry) Revell, Augusta, and Jane (Max) Silma, Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Judy Dixon, St. Simons Island; nieces and nephews, Paxton (Hilary) Morris and Jason (Patricia) Morris, both of Atlanta, Anna Dixon Figueroa (Ed), St. Simons, Austin (Kristi) Dixon and Adam Dixon, all of Blackshear, Taylor (Benjamin) Rambow of Honolulu, HI and Sierra (Derek) Hammock and Hunt Revell, both of Athens, Dixon (Charlene) Revel, Augusta, Elle (Benton) Johnson and Zach Lee, both of Charleston, SC and Parker Lee of Blackshear; his fiance’s children, Tiffany and Kevin Moir, Marietta and Brandon and Heather Stanfield, children, Lia Stanfield and Turner Stanfield, all of Jesup and several other relatives and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, from the First Baptist Church.
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 are asked to please meet at the church by 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
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.