DIXON, RODNEY FITZGERALD Rodney Fitzgerald Dixon, 49, of Cromwell, departed this life on Sunday, March 16, surrounded by his family at Middlesex Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 10, 1964 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Frank and Margaret (Reeves) Dixon. Rodney was raised by his Uncle Will Oliver and Aunt Bettye Oliver. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and Middlesex Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in Graphic Arts. He also attended baseball umpiring school in Coco, FL and was a member of both Middletown and Hartford Boards of Approved Baseball Umpires. He was employed by Lowe’s Home Improvement Store as a manager and was also a member of the ELKS BPOE #771. Rodney loved to umpire baseball games, play cards and just hanging out with his friends. Along with his Uncle Will and Aunt Bettye, Rodney is survived by five sisters: Deborah Kaye Smith (Anthony) of CO, Meridian Oliver of GA, Debra Oliver of Middletown, Tayna Oliver-Perry (Chris) of Middletown, and Tammi Brown (Joel) of GA; his nieces, Kitima Williams (Quintin) of CO, Demetress Washington (Terrell) of Middletown, Mallory Perry of Middletown, and Arianna Brown of GA; his nephews, Curtis Calloway Jr. (Ericka) of CO, Chris “Alex” Perry Jr. of Middletown, and Jordan Brown of GA; many wonderful friends and a host of great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown, with Rev. Moses L. Harvill officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call on Saturday morning before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rodney’s memory to Cross Street AME Zion Church Mortgage Fund, 440 West Street, Middletown, CT 06457; or Middlesex Hospice & Palliative Care, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
Doolittle Funeral Service
14 Old Church Street Middletown, CT 06457
Published in middletownpress on Mar. 20, 2014