John Dixon

John "Papa John" Dixon

Saturday, July 10th, 1926 - Saturday, November 9th, 2019
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John Dixon, known lovingly by many as Papa John, of Little Rock, Arkansas (2 years) formerly Irving, TX (65 years), peacefully passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. Born in Rosston, Arkansas on Saturday, July 10, 1926, he was the oldest son of Willie and Eunice Lowry Dixon, and in his 93 years John was loved and adored by many.

John proudly served his country in the United States Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he served aboard a minesweeper ship the USS Ptarmigan. Upon leaving the Navy, John and the love of his life, Mary Remele, placed roots in Irving, Texas where he began working at Southwestern Bell as a Telephone Installer. He retired in 1988, after dedicating 36 years to the company. John was a longtime and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Irving, where he was a member of the Wednesday Workday Crew for many years.

After retirement, John and Mary continued their love of traveling by seeing the country in their motorhome, gathering friends and stories along the way. Among their favorite places, they spent many winters in the “Valley” of Texas square dancing, and many fall months in Branson, MO. John was a 60 plus years member of the Hella Shriner Temple and the Irving Masonic Lodge 1218 A.F.&A.M.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Eunice Dixon; sisters Estalene Martin and Shirley Dixon; brother Bill Edd Dixon; wife Mary Remele Dixon; and daughter Janet Sue Dixon.

Those left to cherish his memory include son Tom Dixon and wife Anne of Cedar Hill, TX; sisters, Eula Beth Ward of Hope, Arkansas and Nelwyn Jetton of Metairie, Louisiana; grandchildren Lindsey Green and husband Bryce of Little Rock, Joshua Miller and wife Billie Joy of Waco, TX, Jonathan Badry and wife Sarah of Oklahoma City, OK, Jared Miller and wife Brianna of Conroe, TX, and Lara Miller of Mesquite, TX; great-grandchildren Gracen Green, Harper Green, Ryleigh Adams, Brannon Miller, Avonlea Miller, Jaxton Miller and Roman Miller.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 5:00pm on Sunday, November 17th at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, Texas. Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:00am in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 211 West Third Street in Irving, TX. An interment with Military Honors will immediately follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 East Irving Blvd in Irving, TX.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. the DONATE link is listed below.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 17th, 2019 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, November 17th, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Brown's Memorial Funeral Home
    707 N. MacArthur
    IRVING, TX 75061
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  • Service

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 10:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    211 W. Third
    IRVING, TX 75060
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    In the Sanctuary
  • Interment

    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    1413 E. Irving Blvd.
    IRVING, TX 75060
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    Interment with Military Honors


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T.J. Green

Posted at 12:53pm
I knew PJ for a relatively short time but the impact he has made on my life will stay with me forever. Never met a stranger and always upbeat and positive, even when he was going through difficult times. He lived his faith with grace and always had his Bible in sight. I had the pleasure of driving him from his home of Dallas to Little Rock I was surprised how happy he was to start on a new adventure in his life at age 92. He loved life! You will be missed.

Jerry Rash

Posted at 03:35pm
John & Mary spent several years at Lakewood RV Park in Harlingen Texas, I was their Square Dance Caller and I really enjoyed visiting with them they were great people and they will be missed.
Jerry & Phyllis Rash Harlingen Texas

Kaye Hoggard

Posted at 06:24pm
Papa John’s smile was as big as Texas. I’ve been with him throughout the years in Irving, Branson, and in Arkansas. No matter where he was, he was decked out in his western hat smiling. The one time I saw him without his hat, he and Mary were proudly flag bearers at the Welk Theatre in Branson.

He was loved by many. My prayers are with his family especially Bryce, Lindsey, Gracie, and Harper. I’m glad they enjoyed him in Little Rock his last two years.

With love,
Kaye Hoggard

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Posted at 06:09pm
Bryce & Lindsey, So sorry for your loss.
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