RALPH CLINTON DIXON, of Fort Pierce, Florida, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2014. He was born on May 11, 1933 in Great Falls, S.C. He was the son of the late Edward Mobley Dixon and Mary Evelyn Hawkins Dixon. He grew up in Shannon, Georgia and left after completing the 10th grade and moved to Great Falls where he graduated from Great Falls High School in 1951. He attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Later, he served in the U.S. Army Division of the Korean War from 1954- 1956, as a surgical technician with the 4005th Medical Detachment at Fort Hood, Texas. He was then transferred to Medical Field Service School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas as an Operating Room Technician. He received an Associates Arts Degree in Science at IRSC and a Bachelor's Degree from Barry University. In 1959, he met his wife at the H.B. Robertson Power Plant in Hartsville, SC where he was employed by Combustion Engineering and she was employed by Ebasco Services, Inc. They were married in Newberry, SC on June 11, 1960 by the same minister who married his wife's parents in 1937, and who also happened to be a cousin of the bride. In 1971, they were transferred to Fort Pierce, FL where Ralph was employed by Ebasco Services, Inc. as a Construction Accountant at the Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. He retired after thirty years, and later was employed by the Tax Collector in Fort Pierce for thirteen years until his retirement in September 2008. He and his family joined the Parkview Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He was a lifetime member of the Treasure Coast Art Club, formerly called the Fort Pierce Art Club. He was a watercolor artist and served as Treasurer for the club for many years. In 1986, he received the Grumbacher award from his fellow artists at the "On the Green" Art Festival which was sponsored yearly by the Treasure Coast Art Club. He was a third place winner in the watercolor division Art show, held by Ebasco Service, Inc., at the World Trades Building in New York, NY. He also served on the Council of the Arts for St. Lucie County. He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Dorothy Caston Dixon, a daughter, Susan Dixon Weinbaum and her husband Chet, a brother, James E. Dixon and his wife, Irene, two granddaughters, Victoria Grant and her husband Jeremy, and Megan Roebuck and her husband Josh, and four great- grandchildren, Brendan and Ryan Grant and Korbin and Carter Roebuck. He is predeceased by his son Daniel Mobley Dixon, his father Edward Mobley Dixon of Williamston, SC, his mother, Mary Evelyn Hawkins Dixon, his sister Melinda Faye Dixon of Greenville, SC. Donations may be made to Parkview Baptist Church or Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3-4 PM, followed immediately by a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM at the Haisley Funeral Home, 3015 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. An online guest book may be signed at www.haisleyfuneralhome.com.
Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service
3015 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
Published in the TC Palm on Aug. 20, 2014