Fairlea-William F. “Lindburgh” Dixon, 94, passed away with his children by his side on Thursday, December 30, 2021.
Bill was born November 18, 1927 in Sunlight, WV, to the late Arthur G. and Mary Virginia Bare Dixon.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jo Gee Dixon; a young son, William Earl; two brothers, Junior and Laddie Dixon; five sisters, BC Gwinn, Sally Lee Omdstead, Lola Ray Viers, Lawanda Viers and Mary Virginia Reynolds.
Bill graduated from the Williamsburg High School class of 1943. He served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1947, graduated from the Frame Refrigeration & Electrical Institute, and married the love of his life, Mary Jo Gee, on the 27th. May 1950. He moved to Fairlea in 1951 and founded Dixon Refrigeration and Heating. He was a Lennox dealer, had been a member of the Fairlea Ruritan Club for 50 years, Little League coach and Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the Fairlea Fire and Rescue Service, a founding member of the Greenbrier East Booster Club and a member of the Greenbrier County Farm Bureau for 40 years. He helped build the Greenbrier County Youth Camp and served as a principal for 30 years.
Bill was a 50 year old member of Greenbrier Lodge # 42 AF&AM. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte for many years. He loved the outdoors, especially trout fishing in Yellowstone National Park. In 1985, he won a Big Buck competition in West Virginia.
Survivors include her son, Michael W. Dixon (Susan) of Caldwell; daughter, Brenda Dixon Gabbert of Alderson; daughter, Ginger Dixon Morgan (Rodney) of Lewisburg; four grandsons, Trent (Kerry) Gabbert, Aaron Gabbert (Jenna), Neil Dixon (Gabrielle) and Dr Scott Dixon (Dr Jordan); three granddaughters, Lindsey Gabbert Flach (Michael), Kinsey Morgan (Eric) and Kourtney Morgan; nine great-grandsons, Henry, William, John and Sam Gabbert, Cameron Gabbert, Michael D. Flach, Rhett and Wells Dixon, Emmett Dixon and one great-grandson en route; four great-granddaughters: Ainsley and Caroline Flach, Delaney Gabbert and Josie Schroder; two sisters, Edna Cochran and Sally Blankenship; two brothers, Frank Dixon and Sam Bare; two sisters-in-law, Christina Dixon and Bonnie Cooper Gee. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.
We can honestly say that Dad lived a life we all wish we had. He was loved by his great-grandchildren, grandchildren and children, and just about everyone he touched. If you were lucky enough to be bullied, he liked you. Otherwise, he wasn’t afraid to let you know. For 93 years, he did just about anything he wanted to do with a big family and many good friends.
The funeral was held on Monday January 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte where Pastor Joe Geiger served. Military honors were bestowed by the Honor Guard at Post 26 of the American Legion.
The visit took place at the church before the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 373 Pocahontas Ave. Ronceverte WV 24970.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements.
Please send your condolences online by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.