Charles & Vernette Dixon • January 1, 2021



Charles Frank Dixon, Jr., 74, and Helen Vernette Dixon, 73, both of Pensacola, Florida, died due to complications from COVID 19. Vernette died on December 26, 2020, followed by her husband of 48 years on January 1, 2021.

Charlie took care of everyone he loved. He served two combat tours in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps. After his military service ended, Charlie was a high voltage lineman for both Gulf Power and as a civilian for the Department of Defense. He was actively involved in the community as a representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and also as a volunteer for St. Anne’s Bellview’s Round Up and Christmas Light events.

Vernette was a light to all who knew her. As a homemaker, she created a loving, nurturing, fun-filled space for her family. As eucharistic minister, she lived her faith. As a teacher, she made sure her students were prepared while also serving as an accepting and nurturing mentor. She was known as a warm and gregarious person who had the ability to make anyone feel welcome and at home, whether a stranger in line at the grocery store or one of her children’s friends who needed a safe place. She loved her Catholic faith, books, naps, and gossip.

Charlie and Vernette did everything together.

Charlie and Vernette are survived by their children: son, Kelly (Stephanie) Neece, daughters, Telleny (John) Gilliam and Devin (Sean) Hughes, as well as their grandchildren, Olivia Gilliam, Parker Neece, Collin Neece, Christopher Johnson and Braedon Hughes. They are also survived by their niece and nephew, Adam Racine and Mariah Phillips. Charlie is survived by his beloved sisters: Caroline (Noel) Brown, Christine (Eric) Ericson, Susan Rice and Rita Barton. Vernette is survived by siblings: Cecilia Phillips and Quinton Kelly. They were predeceased by their parents, Cathron Reed and Quinton and Helen K. Kelly, and their son, Matthew Charles Dixon.

A funeral mass will be held January 26 at 11:00am at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Parish Bellview with a private interment at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID 19 physical distancing protocols limited numbers will be allowed.

  1. Louise Scott says:

    Vernette and I shared so much . We grew up together, as kids And as adults. Many things to say but I will start to cry. But my favorite is sharing of our catholic faith. And Charlie, her n I going to supper , afterword’s going to see Rita and then going to church. I always told Charlie he had to wives to care for, after my Ed passed away . Sending love 💕 n prayers up to them and the family, Weedee (Louise).

  2. Heather Mitra says:

    Vernetta and Charlie were wonderful people and set a great example of family love. While it has been sometime since we saw them in person, they made a strong impact on us and we fondly remember their warmth, sweetness, and “fun-ness.” Our love goes out to all of their family and friends.

  3. Don & Lee Murphy says:

    We send our love to you all! Vernette and Charlie will always have a special place in our hearts!! They were both dear and special people to us all!
    Hugs
    Don & Lee

  4. Chrissy Chiasson says:

    I love and miss them both. I will always remember my talks with Vernette about our faith sitting around the table while drinking a cup of coffee or sometimes even a glass of wine.. and learning so much from her
    I love you both and miss you very much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Nicholas Ericson says:

    I only saw them once or twice a year, at family gatherings, but Charlie and Vernette were always a big part of the gathering. They’ll both sorely be missed.

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