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September 2, 1931 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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On December 28th, 2023, we bid farewell to an extraordinary man of unwavering strength and godly character, Joseph Amos Dixon, Sr., as he peacefully returned to our Lord and Savior at the remarkable age of 92. Beyond mere dates on a headstone, it is the dashes in between that narrate the tale, and Joseph Dixon's story is one of resolute devotion to the Lord—a testament to strength and godliness.
Born in Rosedale, Mississippi, on September 2, 1931, to John and Allene Dixon, Joseph epitomized spiritual fortitude from an early age. As a teenager, he migrated to Muskegon, Michigan, to pursue education at Muskegon High School, where he began shaping the pillars of his character. There, he encountered Minnie Ola Beal, the love of his life, whom he married on June 7, 1952. Their enduring union of 68 years bore witness to Joseph's unparalleled strength as he tenderly cared for Minnie during her battle with a chronic illness—a testament to his grace, compassion, and unwavering commitment to his marriage vows.
Establishing their roots in Saginaw, Michigan, Joseph and Minnie became stalwart members of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where they faithfully served on the Usher Board for several decades. Joseph emerged as a beacon of strength within his community, extending a helping hand to local high schools, coaching aspiring athletes, and exemplifying hospitality at home. In fact, their home was well known as the “gathering place” where family and friends could always find Godly fellowship, a good home cooked meal, and plenty of love and attention. His rigorous commitment to physical well-being, evident through daily workouts even in his later years, mirrored his unyielding strength of character.
An avid bowler, Joseph dominated the lanes across Michigan, instilling a love for the sport in his children and grandchildren. His celebration of people extended beyond the bowling alleys, expressed through heartfelt cards on birthdays and Christmases. Joseph's welcoming spirit, respect for others, and, above all, his love, made an indelible mark on all who crossed his path.
Joseph believed in the value of hard work and providing for your family. This was evident with his long-standing work commitment to General Motors, retiring after 39 years of dedicated service, only missing a day of work due to surgery. This exemplary work ethic was passed down to his children and grandchildren.
Survived by his children—John Levail Dixon, Charles Edward (Sharolyn) Dixon, Diane Dixon, and Linda Joyce (Karl) Nichols, special niece Dorothea Bandy, and nephew John L Frazier—as well as a cherished circle of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family, Joseph Amos Dixon's legacy is a tapestry woven with threads of strength, grace, and godliness that will forever inspire those fortunate enough to have shared in his love. He is at peace, joining his wife Minnie, sons Carl Darnell Ford, and Joseph Amos Dixon, Jr. in heavenly bliss.