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HIXSON, Donald Lee (Rocky) 83, Fairborn, died December 2nd in Dayton following a short illness. Mr. Hixson was born August 18, 1929, in Lexington, Kentucky, and was the son of the late Bess Hamilton Stivers and Joseph B. Hixson of Lexington. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington in 1947 where he was a member of the Lafayette basketball team. He entered the US Air Force and served during the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. He retired as a Staff Sergeant in 1965, after being stationed for several years at Wright-Patterson AFB. He served with the United States Post Office until his final retirement in 1994, in Fairborn. Rocky was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Polly Ellen Bradley of Lexington, his second wife Barbara Banks of Nuremberg, Germany, and a brother, Martin Patrick Delaney of Lexington. He is survived by his son, Donald Bradley Hixson, Miami, Florida, five grandchildren, Bradley, Patrick, Brian, and Ashlee Hixson, and Amber Brown; three great grandchildren, James and Mia Brown and Gabriel Hixson-Rodriguez, all of Miami; a brother, Michael (Susan) Delaney of Elkhorn, Maryland, and a sister, Kate Delaney Dunn of Lexington, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and especially, his beloved fiancée, Virginia Gwin of Riverside, Ohio, and a host of close friends. Rocky was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Singing and the Dayton Men's Chorus. He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice, a winning smile and was a great and lively entertainer throughout his life. He was known as the "Singing Mailman" in Fairborn. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, Rev. John N. Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 A.M. until the time of service. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Fairfield Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com
Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 4, 2012