• He was a Korean War veteran, serving as a medic.
• While he lived in Marshall County, he pastored the same church, Mt. Olive Bible Based Fellowship Church, in Cullman County for more than 50 years.
• In 2014, the Alabama Legislature honored him with a resolution for his long work in the ministry.
• In 2019, he was presented the Peace Medal by the government of South Korea for his service during the war.
Bro. Charles Dixon, 90, passed away Monday, May 30, 2022, at UAB Hospital.
He grew up at Five Points north of Lake Guntersville State Park. His family later moved to Sand Mountain.
He served as a corporal in the 163rd Medical Battalion during the war. He was 20 when he entered the war and was in service from 1952 through the end of the war in 1953.
The war claimed the lives of nearly five million people including almost 40,000 Americans and about 10 percent of Korea’s civilian population at the time.
Upon receiving the medal, Bro. Dixon said it was important to understand the price paid by those who gave their lives and weren’t able to enjoy the freedom we enjoy now.
“It wasn’t declared a war,” he said. “It was a police action is what they called it, but a dead man is a dead man if he’s killed in that war or this war or a police whatever, you know.”
Upon his return home, he began his long career in ministry, preaching and teaching for more than 60 years. He loved to share the gospel.
Rev. Dixon lived near Pleasant Grove, but the church he pastored was in Cullman County on the Berlin-Simcoe Road.
It was 31 miles from his home to his church and he had no idea how many times he’d driven it over the years. He also had no idea how many couples he’d married, funerals he’d preached, etc. He once said he wished he had kept notes when he started.
He liked to tinker with antique cars when he wasn’t doing church work. His favorite was a ’48 Ford Coupe.
He is survived by his three daughters, Yvonne (Russell) Golden, Wilma “Skeeter” (Keith) Smith and Vickie (Bill) Pruett; a son, Edwin (LaQuita) Dixon; grandkids Brad Golden, Sid Golden, Casey Smith, Cody Smith, Emily Smith, Tyson Pruett, Whitney Haynes and Elli Dixon; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Sam Dixon and Walter Dixon, sisters Polly Leslie, Margaret Sims, Sue Turley, Opal Horton and Doris Duke; and a host of nieces and nephews, friends, extended family and church family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Dixon; parents, Roy and Bessie Dixon; brother James Dixon; and sister Virginia Turley.
The funeral was Thursday, June 2, at Mt. Olive Bible Based Fellowship Church. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery with Albertville Memorial Chapel directing.