MOORE, Okla. - Rev. Ray Stephen Dixon went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. He was born to David and Bessie Dixon on Oct. 3, 1920. He was 93 years and 20 days old at his passing. He was a lifelong resident of Georgia and South Carolina until 2011 when he and his wife moved to Moore, OK to live with son and family. He became a member of the Friendship P.H. Church in 2011 and he became a Christian in 1947 and was a retired Minister of the Upper South Carolina Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Until his death, he was the oldest living member of the Upper South Carolina Conference. He pastored for 57 years, 43 of those years being at Augusta First Pentecostal Holiness Church. He also served as pastor at Bath S.C. and Irmo S.C. He was a WWII veteran serving in Casablanca, Italy, Normandy, France, and South Africa. In his lifetime he won many souls to Christ. He even went to the Great Smokey Mountains and preached on the side of the road with microphone in hand and speaker on top of the car to win souls to Christ. He was proud of the fact that he had read the Bible through 114 times besides studying time for the many sermons he preached. He is survived by his wife of the home, Dorothy C. Dixon; one son, Marvin Terrell, Sr. and wife Sharon Dixon of Moore; 7 grandchildren, Danny Bridges of Blanchard, Donna Copeland of Kingfisher, Kenny Davis of Oklahoma City, Cameron Davis of Newcastle, TaShonda Dixon of Choctaw, Mikki Davis-Cole of Noble, M. Terrell Dixon Jr. of Oklahoma City; and 13 great-grandchildren. He loved his family and prayed for them daily. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Bessie Dixon; one brother, Marshall Dixon; Daughter, Gloria Ann Davis and husband Billy J. Davis; 2 great-grandsons, Keith Bridges and Kyle Davis. Services are under the direction of Moore Funeral and Cremation in Moore, OK. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 27 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm and on Monday, October 28 from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Condolences may be shared at www.MooreFuneralCremation.com.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 26, 2013