Robert T. Dixon, 76, of Blackshear and Decatur, died Thursday, November 18, 2021.
He was a son of the late Alva Monroe Dixon and Savilla Irene Thornton Dixon.
He was born and raised on a small diversified farm in South Georgia. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the University of Georgia and the American University in Washington, D.C. He held a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. During his senior year at UGA he worked for the late Senator Richard B. Russell in the United States Senate Patronage Program and later returned to work on his staff. He began his professional career as an Assistant County Agent responsible for 4-H work in Ware County with the Cooperative Extension Service. He was Citizenship Education Program Leader on the National 4-H Center staff in Washington, D.C. where he developed the nationally recognized Citizenship Short Course Program. He worked in corporate communications for Georgia Power Company as supervisor of the Youth and Educational Services program, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing leadership training programs for Georgia youth organizations and providing classroom support to the Georgia Department of Education in a variety of curriculum areas. He completed his professional career as a member of the Public Service Faculty at the University of Georgia in the Small Business Development Center, where he was responsible for their Professional Development Program and statewide client business training programs.
He retired at the end of 2005 and spent his time among the family farm in Blackshear, Decatur and on the beach in Sarasota, FL. He was a member of the Decatur First United Methodist Church where he sang in the Chancel Choir. He will be remembered by many younger friends whom he tutored in leadership training and for all he came in contact with for his cheerful smile and love of theater.
Survivors include his twin brother, Richard L. Dixon, Rome; a sister, Mary Lou Dixon, Athens; a niece, Dr. Beth D. Holland (Griffin), Vestavia Hills, AL; a nephew, Charles Dixon (Beth), Augusta; two great-nieces, Emerson Dixon and Caroline Holland and two great-nephews, Matthew Dixon and Cooper Holland; a very special person in his life, Jenny P. Garner, Decatur and many beloved cousins in the Blackshear area.
Due to the pandemic a memorial service will be held at a later date in Decatur. His ashes will then be interred in the family plot in Enon Cemetery in Blackshear with a graveside service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Atlanta Home Care Partners, Inc., 3006 Clairmont Rd., Suite 1070, Atlanta, GA 30329, Longleaf Hospice and Palliative Care, 2310 Parklake Dr. NE, #325, Atlanta, GA 30345, or to a charity of your choice.
A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.