OBITUARY

William Frederick Dixon

September 21, 1956October 6, 2021
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William Frederick “Fred” Dixon was a loving husband, father, grandfather, innovator, author, and trailblazer whose life purpose was to let the Glory of God shine through in everything he touched and accomplished, not only in the workplace but the community as well. Fred’s passions for playing the drums in his high school band, tennis, and doing community outreach follow his journey throughout life and the work he shared with the church, faith community, and anyone who was up for a game of tennis. He loved taking hikes up Tumamoc hill and encouraging his family to play tennis. Every chance he got, he taught the game to his granddaughter Jayla and friends. William was affectionately known to many by his middle name Frederick and Fred and for his motto “Go MAD,” Go Make a Disciple, and “A Preacher the Devil Can’t Stop.” William was born September 21, 1956, the second son of Robert Lee Dixon Sr (Bishopville, SC) and Pauline Walker Dixon (Norcross, GA) in Atlanta, Georgia.

A graduated of Frederick Douglas High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tuskegee Institute in Alabama with High Honor a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. After college Fred became employed with and retired after 40 years from Texas Instruments and Raytheon. Fred received the Black Engineer of the year award and recognition for several patents and inventions from Raytheon. His spiritual love for community work began at Macedonia Ministries in Texas and resulted in a biblical outreach program with the Denton County Juvenile Center. Founder of God’s SWAT Team and an Outreach Ministry for Gainesville State School and Prison for Boys and the development of the Soul’s Harvest Newsletter distribute within the prison and locally. After relocating with Raytheon to Tucson, Arizona, William, and his family became part of the Rising Star Baptist Church family. He oversaw the Men and Youth ministries and developed a biblical youth stepped team called H2J (Honor to Jesus) and Praise in the Park. Fred later became Pastor and founder of New Dimensions Ministry and served as the radio broadcast Pastor of “A Word in Season,” heard daily on Tucson Christian Radio Station 91.1 FM. In addition, he wrote spiritual articles weekly for years for the Marana Weekly Newspaper. His Evangelism journey in Arizona later allowed him to become a member of Siloam Christian Church. In addition, he assisted in establishing the Brothers in Unity and the Brothers in Faith Men’s Ministries, their Men’s Zoom meetings that expanded across the nation and around the world.

William leaves his legacy of love with his wife of 39 years, Montonette (Monti) Brown Dixon, and their two children, son, Christopher S. Dixon, and daughter, Chesalin Ann Dixon, granddaughter, Jayla V. Martinez, and her mother, Madeline (Maddy). His god-grandchildren: Kynyata Carpenter, Jeremy and Joseph Harris, Jason Erby, Natasha Pickens, Noel, Shantel, (Jessiah and Aryanna) Nelson, Sylvia Nyarko, and Andre Smith. His beloved niece, Phyllis E. Palmer (Corey) and their children, Corey II and Coressa Palmer. His lifelong friend and childhood buddy Andre Lawson (Carolyn).

His five surviving siblings are Cheryl Dixon Eke (Andrew), Angelita Dixon Worthy (Bobby), Robert L. Dixon, II. (Sheree), Julius Dixon (Ode), and Makeba Dixon Hill. Other surviving loved ones include his sister-in-law Marcella Brown and his brother-in-law James A. Brown, II, Frederick’s precious aunts Bettye Lynne (Atlanta GA), Katie Furman (Washington DC) and Uncle Richard Dixon (Maryland), along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.

William Frederick Dixon Homegoing Celebration Service will at 11:00 am Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, at Siloam Christian Church, 628 E Adam Street Tucson, AZ 85705. Rev Otis Brown will officiate. Flowers can be sent to East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery, 5801 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712. Donations, and condolences send to Siloam Christian Church. Following will be a Celebration of Life Service held at Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta, Georgia, William Frederick Dixon will be laid to rest at United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, Michigan.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

Memories

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Bernard Gil

October 26, 2021

I knew Fred for over 30 years working with him at TI and Raytheon. He was a really good man and always had a smile on his face and a handshake. I was out of town when he passed and wish I had been able to attend his service.

Rosa Stewart

October 21, 2021

I was saddened to read of Fred's passing while scrolling through Murray Brothers web page and offer my deepest condolences to his family. I met Fred and his family when they visited Westhills Presbyterian Church while visiting his parents, family and friends in Georgia. He was deeply loved by many and I can remember his parents both telling me how happy, blessed and proud they were of him.

Dixon Family, may you be comforted in the days ahead with those sweet and wonderful memories of Fred and know that God loves you and that you and your family are being remembered in prayer.

Earl Cross

October 19, 2021