NEWPORT NEWS - James Wesley Dix Sr., affectionately known as "Jimmy" and "DJ Zoom" was born Dec. 23, 1954, to the late Mable L. Dix and Edward L. Dix Sr. Though the years the Lord loaned him to us were short, they were great and on Monday, July 9, 2012, at 8 a.m. James went on to glory.
James was educated in Accomack County Public Schools and graduated from Onancock High in 1973. After graduating, James decided to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Army. Once he completed 17 years of service, the family returned to Virginia and settled in Newport News.
After his family, James had two passions, being a DJ and cooking. As a DJ and lover of music, he took great pride in blowing the dust off an old LP to "teach these young cats" what real music was. When James was in the kitchen, everyone left full and happy! For the last eight years, James worked as the Head Chef at Hampton University. There his gift provided James the high honor of preparing a meal for President Barack Obama. Upon meeting the president, James said "he's the type of guy I would play ball with!"
James was introduced to Jesus Christ as a child at Gospel Temple Baptist Church in Keller, Va. Those closest to him, knew that James had great faith in God. A kindhearted man with an exceptional sense of humor, James was not one to argue, but would rather tell a joke than raise his voice. He never met a stranger, and if you let James say so, neither his sons, nor nephews could take him on the basketball court.
He was united in holy matrimony to Marilyn Lewis on March 22, 2002. In addition to his loving wife; left to cherish him in memory are his children, James Jr. (Shaneka), of Fort Sill, Okla., Lakisha Dix, of Newport News, Va., Tyvesha Turlington, of Exmore, Va., Lashay Sample (Brian), of Newport News, Va., Jasmine Young, of Indianapolis, Ind., Tiffany Crumpton, of Louisville, Ky., and Jeremiah Dix, of Hampstead, N.Y.
With his marriage to Marilyn, more children were instantly added to his heart. Loved as his own are Shawntia, Monchelle, Thadtigus, Jolyn, Derrick, Gelisa and Williemae Lewis, of Newport News, Va., and James always smiled at the faces of his 11 grandchildren. As number five of 10 children, James will never be forgotten by Mary Lou Garrison (Avon), Shirley Collins, Zenna Walker, and Bonita Dix of Accomac, Va., and Gail Lewis (John), of Greensboro, N.C., Edward Dix Jr. (Diane), of Grand Rapids, Mich., Perry Dix, of Berlin, Md., Phillip "Craig" Dix, of Chesapeake, Va. James was a wonderful uncle to more 30 nieces and nephews and loved his cousins like brothers and sisters. James has two aunts surviving, Catherine "Snooks" Nedham (Mel), and Betty Dix (Alonzo), and one great-uncle, Charlie Bloxom.
Preceding him in death was his older brother, William L. Fosque.
Services for Mr. Dix will be held at noon Friday, July 13, 2012, at Calvary Revival Church Peninsula, 119 29th Street, Newport News, VA 23607, with Pastor Raymond Johnson, officiating.
Interment will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Wharton Cemetery, Parksley, Va. Mr. Dix will lie in state at Calvary Revival Church Peninsula two hours prior to the service.
A viewing for Mr. Dix will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today July 12, 2012, at C. C. Carter funeral Home, 3314 Roanoke Ave.
Services of dignity and respect are provided by the Staff C. C.Carter Funeral Home. cccarterfuneralhome.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from July 12 to July 13, 2012