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Services for Martha Brockington Jones Dixon "Granny," 102, of Thomasville will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at St. Temple First Born Church, 524 Pine St., Thomasville. The Rev. Carol Pettis officiating and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons, great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, life's book closed for "Granny" at her residence surrounded by family. Her century of love, laughter, and life's lessons began on April 17, 1915 when she was born to Jeff and Rosanna Brockington in Homerville, Georgia. She married Romadell Jones Sr., moved to Thomasville, Georgia in 1930 and joined St. Temple First Born Church. He preceded her in death in 1963. In 1968, she married Bishop Evers Dixon and moved to Panama City, Florida. She was First Lady of churches in Port St. Joe and Panama City. She served as District Youth Council President, church missionary, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. She also volunteered with Foster Grandparents. After the death of Bishop Dixon, she moved back to Thomasville in 1996 and returned to St. Temple First Born Church where she served faithfully until her failing health. She credits her faith in God, her love for family, and living a quiet, simple and righteous life as the secrets to her longevity. She was a devout Christian and had a passion for studying the Bible. She is the matriarch of six living generations of her family. She leaves behind to cherish her memories a devoted daughter, Vernice Jones Lightsey, Thomasville; daughter-in-law, Ginnet Jones, Ocala, Florida; grandchildren, Sandra Jones Nolan, Atlanta; Michael Lightsey, Thomasville; Keith Lightsey, Madison, Florida; Patricia (Edon) Williams; Ardwenia (James) Johnson; Erroka Jones; Shabrese (Thaddeus) Pruitt; Sonja Coy; and Wynton Jones all of Ocala, Florida; 43 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great grandchildren; one great-great-great grandchild; god-daughters, Harriett Ingram, Thomasville; Pinkie Patterson, Tallahassee; devoted nieces, Betty Moody and Emma Campbell, Thomasville; special family friends include Albert McCoy, Jimmy Mitchell, the Rev. Willie Mitchell and Alphonso McKenzie, Thomasville. She is preceded in death by seven siblings that includes her fraternal twin, Mary; a son, Romadell Jones Jr.; son-in-law, Eddie Lightsey; and a granddaughter, Martha Ann Guyton. The viewing is from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Grooms Funeral Home
Published on November 30, 2017
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