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In Memory of

Harry Faulkner Dixon

July 22, 1923 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Harry Faulkner Dixon, age 93, passed away on November 22, 2016, in the presence of family members. He was born on July 22, 1923, in Westmont, New Jersey, to Elizabeth Faulkner Dixon and Henry Dixon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou Irwin Dixon and his son-in-law, Robert Middlemiss. He is survived by his wife, Harriett McElfresh Dixon, children: Elizabeth Dixon Middlemiss, Christina Dixon Page (Michael), Cynthia Dixon Finegan (Paul), Robert Dixon (Jacki), Ronald McElfresh (Marge) and Constance McElfresh Cenna (Robert). Grandchildren: Whitney Sutherland (Neil), Andrew Page...

Harry Faulkner Dixon, age 93, passed away on November 22, 2016, in the presence of family members. He was born on July 22, 1923, in Westmont, New Jersey, to Elizabeth Faulkner Dixon and Henry Dixon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou Irwin Dixon and his son-in-law, Robert Middlemiss. He is survived by his wife, Harriett McElfresh Dixon, children: Elizabeth Dixon Middlemiss, Christina Dixon Page (Michael), Cynthia Dixon Finegan (Paul), Robert Dixon (Jacki), Ronald McElfresh (Marge) and Constance McElfresh Cenna (Robert). Grandchildren: Whitney Sutherland (Neil), Andrew Page (Beth), Ryan Dixon (Alethea), Kyle Finegan (Julia), Keri Dixon, William Cenna (Andria), Daniel Cenna, Kenneth Cenna, Vaughn McElfresh, Clint McElfresh and Cara McElfresh. Great grandchildren: Marylou Sutherland, Ellison Sutherland, William Sutherland, Tristan Cenna, Ryker Cenna, Alexandria Cenna and Madeleine Finegan. Nieces, nephews and their families.
Dixon graduated from Collingswood High School in Collingswood, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and began his lifelong commitment to the Marine Corps and all that it stood for. He flew 37 combat missions as a Bombardier Navigator for the Marine Air Corps in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal with 5 Gold Stars along with the appropriate campaign ribbons for the combat areas. Following his military service, he earned a BS in Finance from Temple University using the GI Bill while also working to support himself, his wife and his young daughter. Dixon had a long and successful career as an executive in both the garment industry and the chemical industry. He was also an active supporter of his church and community. He served as both Elder and Deacon in the Newnan Presbyterian Church and was an officer in various community organizations including the Masons, Kiwanis, Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Girl Scouts of America.
Son-in-law, Robert Middlemiss, who stood 6'5", wrote about Harry Dixon stating, ".so he joined the Marines. They knew the real measure of the man who would become a top NCO navigator. Harry Dixon stands 5'7". He is twice the man I am". The measure of Harry Dixon is reflected in the devotion of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each, in their own way, have walked in his shadow, learned from his kindness, humor, humility and grace, and been comforted and encouraged by his constant support and attention. Harry Dixon-once a Marine, always a Marine-he lived the motto: Semper fi.
The funeral service for Harry Faulkner Dixon will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Northminster Presbyterian Church 2400 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA 30076. A reception will then be held at the church to be followed by a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. https://web.charityengine.net/Default.aspx?tsid=7247