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Robert Lee Dixon

August 16, 1936 October 1, 2018
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A time to be born

Robert Lee Dixon was born on Monday, August 16, 1936 in Orangeburg, SC and raised in a small close knit community by his parents Francis Zimmerman-Dixon and Floyd Dixon, Senior. He was the second of four sons born to this couple. Robert was preceded in death by both his parents and three brothers (Floyd, Melvin, George).

A time to sow

A natural at charming his elders, Robert began his business career while attending elementary school. By the tender age of 10 he was working two part-time jobs. He worked as a bagger after school at the Boyds’ grocery store and swept the floors at the local barber shop on Saturday afternoon.

Robert enrolled into the ROTC program at his high school and completed his education in 1959 as a student athlete at Wilkerson High School in Orangeburg, SC. After high school he continued his ROTC training and received a full athletic baseball and football scholarship to attend South Carolina State College. Robert graduated from college as a First Lieutenant Training Officer in the United States Army. After college Robert became the leadoff hitter in the minor leagues for the Red Sox and his roommate Bubba Smith went on to play with the Baltimore Colts.

After a few years Robert relocated from South Carolina to New York City to pursue a Masters of Education from the City College of New York and a certificate in management from the US Civil Service Commission. After receiving his graduate degree, Robert received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army as a Captain Assistant Operations Officer.

A time to Love

A mutual friend arranged a meeting between a dashing Doorman at the St. George Hotel and a charismatic telephone operator from the New York Tele-bell in 1958. After a lengthy courtship the couple married on September 29, 1963 at Convent Avenue Baptist Church in New York.

From this union three lovely children were born, Romona, Terrance and Whitney. Robert loved being a father but what he loved most was being called Pop-Pop by his grandchildren and four great grands (with another one on the way). He was treasured by his family and he holds a very special place in their hearts. He touched the lives of everyone he encountered. “There is something to be said about a man who takes care of his family and teaches them to make the world a better place”.

A time to reap

Robert would like you to know that he has very few regrets. He has lived a full life full of love, hope and possibility. If today’s Robert could speak to young Robert he would tell him that he would accomplish more than he could imagine and his life will be fulfilling. He loved to tell us to ‘hold onto your memories’ because they keep you present and guide your future.

Robert was a man of many talents, but his passion was mentorship and sports. He was an active member on the board of Trustees or Directors at 12 different agencies affecting juvenile justice, state adoption, youth services and human rights in Union County. During his tenure as the Superintendent of the Union County Juvenile Detention Center, Robert found time to coach a billiards team at the local youth recreation center in Elizabeth, NJ. In 1978, this billiards team won the 8-Ball championship. Robert was known for engaging youth in activities that benefited the mind and body while developing the traits of character and sportsmanship.

This passion was also shared with his family and friends. In his youth Robert looked forward to a competitive round of golf with his long-time friend Bob Raiford. As his grandsons began to play competitive sports his attention quickly shifted to family statistician and becoming their biggest fan. As the years flew by, and Robert decided to slow down, he traded in his golf shoes and cheered on his favorite teams (Jets, Mets, Nicks and Rangers) from the best seat in the house; his lounge chair.

A time to morn

Robert’s legacy will live on in the memory of his children, Romona (Jeffrey), Terrance (Kia) and Whitney (Jennifer); 9 grandchildren; Deshawn, Tierra, Devon, Kyree, Justin, Taj, Brandon, Ashlyn and Emory and 5 great-grandchildren Makayla, Deshawn Jr, Paisley, Brielle and one on the way. His brother’s wives Roberta (Floyd deceased 2002), Elma (Melvin deceased), Greta (George deceased); wife’s siblings Harriet (Leroy), Norma, Andrea, Samuel (Theresa), Ricky, Gerald (Annette) and Ronnie; and a host of niece’s (Kim, Kelly, Robin, Angro, Crystal, Viveca, Shalanie, Gaila, Sherika, Chanet, Miosha; LaTesha, KeKe, Brittney, Veronica; and nephew’s Donald, Mark, Derrick, Theron, Reggie, Chuckie, Derrick, Rahiean, Krandall, Zorrie, Zhivago, Gerald, Quinton, Horace, Derrick, Preston. As well as a host of other family and friends who will forever love and miss you.


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Visitation

Monday

8

Oct

10:00 AM 10/8/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Baptist Church

2387 Morse Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

St. John's Baptist Church
2387 Morse Avenue Scotch Plains 07076 NJ
US

Service

Monday

8

Oct

11:00 AM 10/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Baptist Church

2387 Morse Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

St. John's Baptist Church
2387 Morse Avenue Scotch Plains 07076 NJ
US

Cemetery

Monday

8

Oct

Rosehill Cemetery

350 E Linden Ave
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Rosehill Cemetery
350 E Linden Ave Linden 07036 New Jersey
United States
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