Robert Allen Dixon
December 10, 1949 – May 12, 2020
Robert (Robbie) Allen Dixon passed away on May 12, 2020, after a brief illness. Robbie was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Virginia and Julian Dixon and his sister, Carolyn Jean Whitford.
Robbie is survived by his son, Julian Dixon; his twin sister, Julianne (Brian) Pomeroy; brother, Ken Morris; nephews, Bill (Kim) Porter and Adam (Shelba) Porter; as well as his ex-wife and recent caregiver, Kathryn Dixon. Robbie’s passing will also be mourned by his many foster brothers and sisters of the Buz family.
Robbie was born December 10, 1949, in Gadsden, Alabama. Upon his father’s retirement from the United States Army, the family moved to Orange Springs, Florida, where he and his sister spent their formative years. After graduation from Melrose High School as the class valedictorian in 1967, he enrolled at the University of Florida. After his first year of college, Robbie enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an airplane maintenance mechanic. After his honorable discharge, Robbie settled in Tampa, Florida.
Robbie was employed for many years as a manager at Marcone Appliance Parts in Tampa. He was also a dedicated employee of 84 Lumber, Chad Supply, and Publix.
Robbie was a humble, quiet, and introspective man. He was incredibly intelligent, dependable, and honest. He had a dry sense of humor that would pop up when you least expected it. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports and music, subjects he loved to discuss with friends and family.
Robbie also loved riding motorcycles, being in the mountains, and cheering on his favorite sports teams on television. He never missed an opportunity to spend time at his sister’s farm, celebrating holidays and family milestones, where at the end of the day, he could be found at the kitchen sink washing dishes with his beloved sister.
Robbie’s most cherished moments were those spent with his son, Julian. Whether it was playing catch in the backyard, batting practice at the ball field, coaching Julian’s baseball teams, fishing, taking in a Tampa Bay Rays game, or having long conversations about sports and music, his time spent with his son meant everything to him.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to staff of the hospice and palliative care unit at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital for their kind and compassionate care during his last days.
A burial service will be held this summer in Orange Springs, Florida.
Per Robbie’s request, please remember him by making a donation to the American Cancer Society.
- American Cancer Society
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert Allen Dixon
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May 24, 2020
I have tried to come to terms with losing you. Twins have a more than special bond. I have no memory of ever having been without you. You told me, the last time we spoke, “ I will always be with you.” And you will, because no one else remembers living in Orange Springs with our parents In the little pink block house across from Marsh’s store. Or Daddy’s Keiser Dragon parked in what was a dirt road in front of our house. Fishing in Orange Creek for bream and scaling them on the back porch. Daddy’s vegetable garden and peeling sugar cane with our giant Bowie knives at age seven or eight. Pushing our bikes back to Hattie’s full of laundry for her to iron and bringing home baskets of pomegranates from her tree.
Long walks on the white sugar sand searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Swimming in the Spring until our lips were blue. Picking blackberries in the woods for Momma to bake us a pie.
Marbles and paper dolls. Mother, May I? Your armadillo named Dilly. Colored chicks at Easter.
The last conversation we had, you said, “We didn’t know we were poor. We had the best childhood anybody ever had.” And we did. And we remained best of friends until God called you Home. I will greet you there, with Momma and Daddy By your side.
Every day on my drive to work, I think to call you, as I always did. I have no idea how to live without you. I wouldn’t trade these memories or our childhood for anything.
May 20, 2020
Long time ago myself Robbie Julie and David my brother went for a ride on hood of Grandpa Julian's car to go swimming at the spring with Grandmother running out screaming Get those kids off that car. Ha ha and we had to hold on and we were off
Love you Uncle Robbie RIP
May 20, 2020
I was probably 12 when for my birthday my Uncle Robbie bought me my first AC/DC album FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK circa 1979. I didn’t know who they were at the time but I soon learned. I went on to follow their career for decades even though today. I’ll never forget sitting at Moms Thanksgiving/ Christmas table talking about music and politics. My Uncle was smart and witty if not quiet and sincere all the time.
I’ll miss you my friend today and forever. See you again soon.
Your Nephew and sincere admirer.
May 19, 2020
I remember conversations with Robbie about college sports and he was like howard cosell ! Just incredible knowledge of sports and Robbie loved it! I will miss him. Go Gators 🐊!