Samuel Oscar Dixon

March 25, 1922June 9, 2014
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Dixon, Samuel Oscar “Papaw” - age 92, of Knoxville, died June 9 at the family home. He was born March 25, 1922 in Montague County, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67-and-a-half years, Edna Marie Dixon; parents, Pinkney Arthur Dixon and Mary Etta McMahan Dixon; brothers, Homer, Rex, Robert, and Rufus; sisters, Lee Valentine, Nora Evans, and Sue Lowe. He is survived by sons, Jack Dixon and wife, Frances, Rick Dixon and wife, Cathy; former daughter-in-law, Sharon Tipton; grandsons, Matthew Dixon, and Ricky Dixon and wife, Heather; great-granddaughter, Natalie Marie Dixon; former granddaughter-in-law, Tina Cooper Dixon; great-grandson, Jacob Cooper Dixon; brothers-in-law, Earl Ledford, Charles Lowe and wife, Wanda; sister-in-law, Mabel Dixon, all of Knoxville; several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. After graduating from DeQueen (Arkansas) High School in 1941, Oscar joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in the 3rd Marine Division, fighting in the Pacific campaign at Guam, Iwo Jima, and Peleliu. He worked at ALCOA for nearly 40 years, before retiring as a foreman in 1983. A member of Third Creek Baptist Church since 1949, Oscar served many roles in the church, including Deacon, Trustee and Treasurer. He also taught Sunday school there for 57 years. During their marriage, Oscar and Marie loved traveling. They visited all 50 states and followed the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team on the road with Knoxville Tours whenever possible. They were also frequent visitors to Dollywood and walked at West Town Mall nearly every weekday morning, where they made numerous friends. Oscar devoted much of his time in recent years to taking care of Marie, who had developed Alzheimer’s, until her death in July, 2013. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to his niece and caregiver, Linda Valentine, and neighbors, Doris Sharp and Karla Beegle, Dr. James Carlson, Dr. George Krisle, Dr. Richard Grapski and their staffs for excellent care through the years, as well as special appreciation to Amedisys Home Health and Right At Home Care for their invaluable service in recent months. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 11, at Weaver Funeral Home from 5-7 pm with the service to follow. Dr. Rodney Duncan presiding. Interment with full military honors will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 1 pm Thursday , June 12. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Duane Ledford

June 28, 2014

What an honor to have been your nephew! What an honor to sing at your funeral! Uncle Oscar I love you and Marie. There are more of you there in heaven now and I am jealous and can't wait till we are all there. Oscar ALWAYS grabbed my arm and ask when I was going to work out and told Kathy she needed to feed me!!! To grow up on the "hill" we were the luckiest kids in the world!! Jack, Rick and all the family God bless you and I love you all.

Jama Creswell

June 21, 2014

I only met Oscar twice, both within the last month of his life. But, we had an immediate rapport. He asked me to read a letter his wife of 67 years wrote to him on an anniversary. Her words to him, the way he spoke of her and his response to my tearful reaction illustrated so much. Besides a jokester with a keen wit and love for life, he was a devoted husband and proud family man. I am certain he will be missed by countless many. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him, even though for such a short time.

Teresa Teague

June 14, 2014

I loved you and Marie so much, such special great memories, love your whole family and all your kindness you always blessed me so much , I will miss you 2 dearly, Teresa Stroud Teague

Bayard Erskine

June 13, 2014

I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. We were just talking about him at our Reunion, and now this, so unexpected. In reading his Obit, he was a very brave veteran fighting for our Country with the Greatest Generation. His attributes and all his positive activities following the war were amazing. You are a true friend and inspiration to me. Your BHS classmate, Bayard

Patricia Webster Smith

June 12, 2014

Jack and Rick, I'm sure you probably won't remember me, but my family and I went to Third Creek many years ago with your family. I am Patricia Webster Smith. My mom and dad were Jeanette and Joe Webster. My older brother was Archie and my younger brother was Robert. My mom was pianist for years at Third Creek. I was very sorry to hear about your mom and dad passing, but I know they are both with their savior because they were good Christian people. I pray that God will give you both strength and comfort during this very sad time of your lives, as I lost my mom and dad several years ago. Bless you both and all your family and turn to God for all your needs, he will see you through your darkest times. I would love to hear from you and can be reached at 865-360-4593 any time. Once again, so sorry for your loss.

The Staff of Weaver Funeral Home

June 12, 2014

With deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sherleen Cardwell

June 12, 2014

Jack,Rick and all relatives and friends. I understand your feelings of loss of Oscar.But , how fortunate we were to have known him and/or be related to him .He and Marie were,loveable, fun,and spread thier Christian love and good will .Shining examples of Christianty.Love to you Jack and Rick.
Sherleen and Robert Cardwell

Mike Lowe

June 12, 2014

Uncle Oscar and Aunt Marie were special. Sorry that Wanda and I can't be there. I grew up with the greatest family in the world. Jack and Rick, we love you. I will never forget all that Oscar and Marie meant to us.

Jerry and Sandra Campbell

June 12, 2014

Sorry to hear about Mr. Dixon. Jack, I considered both your parents as great friends to me. Now they are reunited in Heaven. I can empathize with you. Give God the glory for great things He has done.

Linda Blackburn

June 11, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.