Dixon Barnes Brown Jr.

July 26, 1946May 29, 2021

COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Dixon Barnes Brown, Jr., 74, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2021 in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Patsy Malanuk will officiate the service.

Mr. Brown died Saturday, May 29, 2021, peacefully in his home. Born in Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late Dixon Barnes Brown, Sr. of Darlington, SC, and Miriam Elizabeth Spears Brown of Lamar, SC. Dixon served in the Marines and was honorably discharged. He attended Georgia Tech and worked as a computer programmer in private practice and for the State of South Carolina. Dixon loved fishing and hunting, and was a skilled outdoorsman on family land in Calhoun County for most of his life. His passion for learning was expressed in all of his conversations and writings. He was an exceptional chess player and enjoyed facing a strategic competitor more than the actual win. He had an incredible sense of humor. He was an avid reader, a fierce protector and a true animal lover.

Surviving are his son, Dixon Barnes Brown, III; daughters, Gwynne Goodlett (Toby) and Wendy Muzzy (Sean); grandchildren, Madeline Goodlett, Spears Goodlett, Broderick Muzzy, and Caleb Dixon Brown; nephews and niece, Barry Burton, Robert Dixon Burton, Elizabeth Foster, and William Burton. He was first married to Jacqueline Hansen Dinge and later married to Janice Park Rivers.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Breckin Riley Muzzy, and sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Thayer.

The family wishes to thank his Hospice Nurse, Debra Cook, and caretakers, Latasha Hook and Vanessa Wimbush, for the kind, thoughtful care that they gave him later in life; Jan Rivers for her love and kindness in treating his children as her own for nearly four decades; and Grier Rivers and Shantell Rivers Graziano for joining Jan and loving the family dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Breckin Muzzy Interim Scholarship at S.C. Governor's School for Science & Mathematics to support traveling students. Information can be found at

The family will receive friends at a reception, following the service, at the Palmetto Club.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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Costa Pleicones

June 7, 2021


I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. I am sorry I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, but it appears he passed his zest for life to you. I know you will be comforted by wonderful memories.

God bless you in this troubling time.



Barry Burton

June 6, 2021

Dixon was like a big brother to me when I was growing up. He loved target shooting and I can recall numerous times we went out shooting together, both out a "Pop's" place in the country as well as the old target range on Bluff Road.

I remember visiting Dixon and Jackie on a trip out to Topeka with my father back in the seventies. They were living in the French Quarter of New Orleans at the time. Staying in their apartment (with 12' ceilings!), eating at the restaurants in the Quarter and hearing his stories about deep sea diving on the oil rigs in the Gulf made quite an impression on me back then.

The last time I saw Dixon was many years ago when I took my two sons fishing at Dixon's home near St. Matthews, we always called it "The Country". I spent so much time there as a child with my Grandparent's, that I wanted my sons to see the place as well.

Thank you to Jackie and to Jan, to his children and to his grand children for taking such good care of my uncle all of these years.

I will miss you Bubba.

Barry Burton
Herndon, Pa.

Nate Rhodes

May 31, 2021

So sorry for your loss. We will miss Mr Dixon and we’re honored that we were able to serve him and your family.