Pastor Marshall's Story
Pastor Marshall Lee Dixon, age 74, of Patterson, died Saturday evening (1/27/18) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida following an extended illness.
Born November 5, 1943 in Pierce County, he was a son of the late Lewis Griffin and Harriett Martin Dixon. He grew up in Patterson where he was a 1961 graduate of Patterson High School. After high school, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he worked with his family in construction. During that time, he felt the Lord calling him into the ministry of the Gospel and accepted that call in 1969. He attended the Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville, FL during the day and built houses in Dothan, Alabama during the evening to pay for his schooling. Following graduation, he pastored several churches in south Georgia. His first call to pastor was as the interim pastor of Offerman Baptist Church in Offerman, GA, followed by Sale City Baptist Church in Sale City, GA, Olive Branch Baptist Church in Ellabell, GA, Friendship Baptist Church in Alma, GA, Salem Baptist Church in Pavo, GA, Hacklebarney Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA, and retired as the associate pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Patterson, GA.
He was also a carpenter, owning and operating L & L Construction Company with his brother, Jake, and son, Tim. He also enjoyed farming, repairing vehicles and tractors, and worked several years as a funeral assistant, helping minister to many area families with Hart Funeral Home.
He was a bright spot in the lives and hearts of many people, guiding several men who felt the call into the ministry, often visiting and ministering to the sick and those in need, and youd find him often singing or humming his favorite hymns. He lived as he preached, truly loving his Lord. He was also a devoted, loving, and caring husband, father, and grandfather who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Evon Roundtree Dixon of Patterson; his children, Tammie Cason (husband Donnie), Lisa Gill (husband Tony) and Tim Dixon, all of Patterson; his grandchildren, Nate Cason, Shane Dixon, Allen Dixon, Joseph Dixon, and Marsha Gill, all of Patterson; a special friend who was like his granddaughter, Shanna Chesser of Patterson; his sister, Mary Gill (husband Floyd) of Patterson; 3 brothers, Harvey Dixon (wife Ernestine) of Patterson, J. L. Jake Dixon (wife Voncille) of Blackshear, and Tom Dixon (wife Patricia) of Leesburg, FL; an aunt, Betty Dixon of Patterson, and two uncles, Lester Dixon of Patterson and Pat Dixon of Blackshear; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
A graveside funeral service will take place on Tuesday (1/30/18) at 2:00 PM at Laura Chapel Cemetery in Patterson. A Worship Service will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 3:30 PM.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening (1/29/18) from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board Missions & Ministry Center, In Memory of Pastor Marshall Dixon, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097-4092.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 29, 2018