Our beloved, Henry Ernest Dixon, was one of seven sons and six daughters born to the late Thomas and Annie Bell Miller Dixon. He was born March 13, 1933, in Hartsville, S. C. He was educated in the public schools of the area. He graduated from Butler High School. He attended Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, S. C. He left the Junior College and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served with distinction for four years. He was honorably discharged.
Because Henry was ambitious, he went to New York searching for a higher standard of living. After two years of living in the Big Apple, he returned to the land of his birth.
Because of Henry’s spiritually minded, forward thinking Mother and with the use of the GI Bill, he enrolled in college. He attended and graduated from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. He received a B.A. in Industrial Arts. While at SC State University, he played football as a walk-on. With a high level of work ethics and determination, he persevered and excelled. He and Deacon Jones played football together and they were also roommates. He enjoyed reliving his college days.
Henry served as an Industrial Arts Teacher at Rosenwald High School and Darlington High School in Darlington County. His students loved and appreciated him because he kept it real. They also learned lessons that were helpful throughout their lives.
Henry served as a mentor to many in the county. He enjoyed depositing words of wisdom and knowledge to the youth as well as the elderly. He was able to relate to persons from all walks of life. He encouraged all to desire and work for a higher standard of living. Many people regarded him as a nobleman. He showed many that their goals could be achieved.
Henry loved family and friends. He worked hard to provide a healthy and prosperous standard of living. He served as an Entrepreneur and taught others his business skills. He operated several places where all could relax and socialize.
He was introduced to the teachings of JESUS CHRIST in his youth. He accepted JESUS as his personal Savior and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church. His church held a special place in his heart. His love for JESUS was always exemplified when he spoke the words “The Good Master.”
He was Civic minded. He served as Most Worship Master of the Mt. Rona Lodge #348 for thirty years. He was a great motivator and inspirational speaker. Because of his teachings, many left his presence thinking that they could and would improve their plight in life and achieve their highest dreams.
Henry was united in holy matrimony to the late Cora Campbell Dixon. This union was blessed with the birth of one son (Reginald) and one daughter (Rita). His children were the love of his life.
In his leisure, he enjoyed playing golf, poker, fishing, expounding on living a better life and eating good food. He enjoyed being around a lively crowd.
Because he impacted the lives of many, he will be greatly missed. Those surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter, Rita C. Dixon; two nephews reared in the home, Caron Campbell and Cornel Campbell; two Sisters, Rosa Lee (George) Dunbar and Bettie Jean Dixon; many nieces, nephews, cousins; in-laws, Lillie Bell (Freddie) George, Hazel (Roosevelt) Hertzog, Ruth Campbell, Pearlena (Eddie) Hill and Jackie Campbell (deceased); all caregivers and special thanks to Ricky Smith and Dana Cole.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas, and Annie Bell Dixon; his wife, Cora C. Dixon; his son, Reginald A. Dixon; his brothers Thomas, Benjamin, Andrew, Jimmy Eugene and Richard; his sisters, Martha, Mary, Annie and Margaret.
Rest in peace for you will be missed!