Charles Alfred Dixon, Sr.
Attorney Charles Alfred Dixon, Sr., passed May 20, 2019. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Rd., SW, Reverend Dr. Kevin Murriel, Senior Pastor, Reverend Joyce E. Banks Gross, officiating. Interment, Lincoln Cemetery. The remains will be placed in state at the church at 10 a.m. The Memorial service of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m. in our chapel.
Charles Alfred Dixon was born May 8, 1930 to Alfred and Bertie Walls Dixon, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Sumner High School in 1949. He received a scholarship to attend Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee. During the summers, he worked in the Kansas City Stock Yards to pay for his college expenses. He graduated from Fisk with a B. A. in Business Administration in 1953, and he earned his law degree from the University of Kansas City, now the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1958.
Having received an academic deferment from the Korean War, he reported for duty in the United States Army after graduating from Fisk. He was stationed at the Alameda Naval Base in California. After law school, he worked both in private practice and for the federal government. He was District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Memphis, Tennessee District Office, before returning to private practice in Kansas City, Kansas. He spent his retirement in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
On March 7, 1954 Charles made his college sweetheart, Barbara Ann Beasley, his bride. Together they raised 4 children: Chuck, Amelia, Edna, and Robert. He understood the importance of family, having lost his father as a young boy and his mother not long before the birth of his first child. He was active in his children's lives. He enjoyed taking his family on epic cross-country car trips, often to attend the annual Walls Family Reunion. He made a point to be present for his children's and grandchildren's sporting events, concerts, school and church programs, and graduations.
Charles joined the Methodist Church as a teen, and he took seriously his pledge to support the Church through his talents and tithes. He was a member of several congregations of the United Methodist Church. Over the years he served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and lay leader. At Centenary United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Most recently, he was a member of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was initiated at the Alpha Delta Chapter at Fisk in 1950. He served as Polemarch of the Memphis Alumni Chapter in 1979.
Charles was predeceased by his sister, Thelma DePriest; his son, Charles II (Emma), and his grandson, Arimus Dixon. He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Barbara Beasley Dixon; his daughters, Amelia Dixon VanWinkle and Edna S. Dixon; his son, Robert B. Dixon (Tashwanda); and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles passed from this life and into life eternal on May 20, 2019.
The Dixon Family wishes to thank everyone for their calls, cards, and expressions of sympathy during our time of bereavement.
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