Emily Victoria Dixon
Emily Victoria Dixon, 85, died on Jan. 10, 2020, in her hometown of Mocksville.
Her life was as colorful and vibrant as the rose gardens she nurtured. She not only nurtured roses, but the people who would fill her life. She was born on May 12, 1934, in Mocksville, the only child raised in the smarriage of Robert McCullough of Winston-Salem (stepfather) and Dorothy Morgan of Mocksville. She was baptized in the Christian faith. She grew up enjoying the wide open fields of her hometown and attracted many friends like Mary McIver, Clessie Coles, Ms. Lillian, and Ms. Evelyn . It was these formative years that helped to influence her love and care of rose gardens, as well as an appreciation of lifelong friendships.
In 1952, she graduated from Davie County Schools and soon found herself pursuing a profession that would set her path on a life journey of caring for others for more than four decades. She moved to Buffalo, N.Y. where she became a nurse and retired from Buffalo General Hospital. After retirement, she began caring for children in her home in Buffalo. When she first travelled to Buffalo she met John E. Dixon and married. From that union came two children, John Edward Dixon Jr. and Donna Lynn Dixon. She was a devoted and caring mother who always wanted the best for her children. Throughout the years, she would give them nuggets of advice and would often say, “You better listen to me. Everything I say comes to light.” She was proud of her children’s accomplishments, and as they grew older, she would visit John in Miami, Fla. – even once experiencing a hurricane that caused her and her loved ones to huddle together over several days to wait out the storm. She eventually married a second time to Sam Hines and after his death she later found herself spending a myriad of years creating memorable moments with her life partner, Eddie Hamilton.
She was strong-willed yet had a magnetic personality that attracted lots of people and lexciting times. She loved to laugh and enjoyed parties, card games and other games of chance. She travelled often but slowed down just enough to read an intriguing novel or watch her favorite soap operas from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In her more senior years, that love for soap operas continued and she would relish in discussing the storyline of her favorite modern day shows with loved ones and friends.
Her lifelong friends – Darlene Thomas, Dorothy Briggs, and Ms. Cynthia – were like her extended family and shared with her some of the most eventful times of her adult life.
Survivors: her son, John E. Dixon Jr.(Kelly); daughter, Donna Lynn Dixon; grandchildren, Parris Price, Lauren Dixon and Miles Dixon; great-grandchildren, Parris Amir Price, Xavier Q Price-Rivers, and Payton Dixon; special relative, Deborah Buchanan; life-long partner, Eddie Hamilton; former daughter-in-law, Anita Greer Lewis; and many other beloved family members and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Lambert Graham Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Donna Cuthbertson officiating. Inurnment will follow in Smith Grove AME Zion Church Cemetery.