Leland Francis Dixon Jr. (“Dad and Grandpa”) was born August 3, 1931 in Greenville, TX to Ruth Wood Dixon and Leland Francis Dixon.
The family moved to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas in the early 1940s where Leland attended high school and had a promising baseball career with a scholarship to Baylor that was sidelined due to injury. Leland joined the Navy in August 4th, 1950 where he served through May 25th 1954 during the Korean War conflict. While in the Navy Leland received the National Defense Service Medal, United National Service Medal, China Service Medal and Korean Service Ribbon (Three Stars). Leland also received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received January 11th, 1952 near Kojo Korea during a missile attack while on duty on the USS Coleman. Leland met Lois Ernestine Dixon his devoted wife in early 1950 just prior to joining the Navy. Their walk through life together lasted over 67 years. They were married February 6th, 1952 in Dallas while Leland was on leave and settled in the South Oak Cliff area. Leland’s career spanned over 40 years with the US Postal Service where he retired as the Manager of Accounting Services for the Dallas, TX Division.
Leland was a “Man of God”, “devoted” husband to Ernestine, a “great” father and role model, a “devoted” grandfather and great grandfather, and good friend to many. He and Ernestine attended the First Christian Church of Duncanville, TX where he served as an Elder and Deacon.
Survivors include, son; Leland Frank Dixon & wife, Holly; son, Lynn Marvin Dixon; grandchildren, Taylor Dixon, Tyler Dixon, Lori Dent, Jamie Ramos, McKenzie Dixon & Madison Whitaker; great grandchildren, Connor Yvarra, Cody Ramos, Cruz Ramos, Carson Ramos, Gabriel Dent, Ayers Dent, Eva Dent & Willow Dixon; sister-in-law, Christine Mims; brother-in-law, Jerry Arnold; niece, Tina Mims & nephew, Tiger Mims.
Burial follows at Rawlins Cemetery in Lancaster, TX.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.