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.
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