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Cpt. William C Dixon

October 20, 1921 ~ January 30, 2019 (age 97)
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 Captain William C. Dixon U. S. Navy (retired)


Bill Dixon, 97 years young, went to be with the Lord Jesus on January 30, 2019, just in time to celebrate the birthday of Antoinette (Toni) Trout Dixon, his beloved bride of 73 years.

Captain William Chalmers Dixon, U.S. Navy (retired), was born on Oct 20, 1921 in Winston-Salem, N.C. to Jarma E. Dixon of Wallace, N.C. and Grace Chalmers Dixon of Dundee, Scotland.

Bill graduated from Robert E. Lee High School (1939) in Jacksonville, FL and attended the University of Florida. He was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, University of Nebraska, and the Advanced Management Program, Graduate School of Business, Harvard University. 

Bill and Toni were married in Jacksonville, Fl., in 1943 and the travel and adventures (22 homes before retirement) began. After retirement, Bill built their mountain Balsam, N. C. home, and they wintered in Keystone Heights or Merritt Island, FL. Captain Dixon was a dashing aviator, “a pilot’s pilot”, decorated 32 year Navy Vet of three wars, aircraft carrier Captain of USS Guam, respected friend, gifted handyman, generous grandfather, adored Great Grand Daddio and American icon. Bill was a true gentleman and in his words “my family is my passion”. Daughters Lynn Pemberton, Pat (Bill) Cross, and Captain Gail Buchanan (deceased June 2017); his grandchildren Dr. Carmen (Dr. Marc) Peden, Daniel Socarras, Luis (Darla) Socarras, Lorraine (Rodney) Conard, Antoinette Pemberton, James (Jonnah) Buchanan and William Buchanan; and 11 great grandchildren, Elena, Marissa and Lilia Peden, Luis William, Asher, Ethan and Tanner Socarras, Della Conard, Kaitlyn and Mark Buchanan and Tytan Pemberton. His “life loves” also included flying, sailing and hiking the trails of North Carolina when he wasn’t chasing squirrels off his bird feeders. 

A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville FL, on March 4 at 1:30 pm. The family will depart the funeral home at 1pm with escorts to the Cemetery using gate # 5. There will be a fellowship following the services at the Cedar Bay Funeral Home 405 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville.  A celebration of Life will be held on July 2 from 3-7 pm at the Balsam Community Center in Balsam, NC. In lieu of flowers , please consider the Balsam Community Center, P.O. Box 121, Balsam, NC 28707


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