Mr. Jeffrey Monroe Dixon of Macclesfield, N.C. entered into eternal rest on September 20, 2022.
This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.
I know you all would want to be anywhere but here today, but this brand-new body that God promised me is worth all that I laid down my life for over 33 years ago. My salvation meant the world to me. We all know our plan is not always like God’s plan, but we know His plan is perfect. So today, I say, see you later to those I love dearly.
Born in Connecticut on October 20 in 1961, to my beautiful mother Ramathia Dixon had no idea what I would have to go through during my 60 years of life. I took nothing for granted and lived my days to the fullest.
At an early age, I moved to North Carolina, where my mom allowed my Grandparents, Willie Jasper and Pearlie Dixon to pour into my life in a major way. It was a blessing to reunite with them on September 20, 2022, when God told me it was time to return to Him and make my new home in Heaven. They met me at the gates along with my sister and brothers, Mildred Rogers, Jasper Dixon and Bernard Dixon.
In my life I experienced a lot of things that would mold me into the man you all loved and cared about.
My grandparents raised me in church. St Peters Church of God in Christ was my church home at an early age and for many years. I attended the Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly to obtain formal training on being a Deacon and later moved my membership to Salvation and Praise Full Gospel Church. I served as a Deacon, a Trustee and on the Finance Committee.
I attended school in the Pitt County area and graduated from Farmville Central High School in 1980. I enjoyed hanging out with my friends and playing basketball. Soon after high school I took a job at Collins and Aikman in Farmville, NC, where I worked as a machine operator for over 18 years. While there, I furthered my education at Pitt Community College where I was working towards obtaining my certification in HVAC. When my family expanded, I was later employed at TRW Rack and Pinion in Greenville for 5 years and Moore’s Fiberglass for 2 years until my health began to be an issue. I met some great people during my many years of employment and my memories were many.
One of my greatest memories was on October 1, 1996. I was working a part-time job at Maxway in Farmville and in walks this young lady, Felicia Cherry, who would change my life forever. All because she asked me to assist her in looking for an entertainment center. I think I impressed her when I volunteered to assemble it for her and take some of the work off her. On February 14, 1997, while she was on the phone with her mother, she looked up to find me on one knee asking for her hand in marriage and on July 5th we became husband and wife. Felicia, I loved you with everything I had. 25 years was not enough time, but it was time well spent showing and receiving love to one another. You’ve got this Bae. I saw your strength and commitment and I could never thank you enough for all you did for our family. Our union combined our families, and nothing made me prouder than our 6 children and 4 grandsons. My daughter, Tracy Gramby, I love you with all my heart and watching you grow up, find a career, and become a wife to David and mother to Deion and Noah brought joy to my life. Walking you down the aisle was a moment I talked about often and was glad God gave me the opportunity to be there for you. My sons, Lamonte and Stephon Parker. When I entered your lives, you two became my boys. Watching you grow into men and fathers was a joy that was hard to express. Those private conversations, the lessons we learned together, and the laughs are all the things that made me proud. Stephon make sure Ca’Mare and DeMoni get all those outdoor experiences that make them appreciate life to the fullest. I am proud of the men you are, and I saw first-hand that your mom and sisters will be in good hands with you two.
Our daughter NiJah, I love you. I pray the love I showed your mom in your presence was an example of how any man should treat you in the future. You stepped up in the last few months and I am so proud. Stay focused and go take your piece of the world by force. My babies, Janiya Raynor and Madalyn Smith, you two brought so much joy to our lives. I will be watching over you in a different way now, but I want you to make me proud by becoming smart, great leaders in this world. Papa loves you.
My brothers, Keith Dixon, Ricard Dixon (Nellie) and Thurman Dixon. I am grateful for all the conversations, the laughs, the lessons. Thank you for molding me into a man my family could be proud of. My little sister, Michelle Dixon. Softly spoken, but you mean what you say, and I appreciate you for loving me unconditionally. Keep an eye on our mom. She will need you more than ever now. My brothers in love, Timothy (Michelle) Cherry and Michael (Jameka) Cherry. Thank you for accepting me and trusting me with your sister. Tell Aunt Nannie Brown, I love her and will miss her dearly. And my bonus mom, Dardene Edwards, thank you for being a valuable addition to my family.
Though I know my transition will not be easy, know that I was ready, and God makes no mistake. My heart is fixed. Please remember me for my big heart, my joy for life, a fighter for all things right and my love for each one of you.