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James Dixon Sr.

ROCK HILL -- Mr. James Dixon Sr. was born May 30, 1919, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Jim Potts and Blanche Dixon. He was affectionately known as JP. On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, he peacefully departed this life at Piedmont Medical Center.

At an early age he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and joined Silver Mount Baptist Church (SMBC). JP demonstrated his faithfulness and loyalty to his church by serving as choir leader of Hymn Choir #2, the vocal choir and member of the Deacon Board. He served on these organizations for over 50 years.

He was a committed member of Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #102, Prince Hall F&AM of Fort Mill, until his health began to fail. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation for 50 years of dedicated and continued service. Silver Mount Lodge #261 of F&AM in 2005 awarded him a certificate for "Father of the Year." JP received a Dedicated Service/Christian Character certificate from SMBC and was recognized on Men's Day 2004 as "Man of the Year" honoring his dedication, loyalty and unselfish service to SMBC Men's Conference. In 2006, JP and his wife, Ella, were chosen by SMBC Senior Citizens as "King and Queen" oldest married couple.

He was employed by Springs Mills, Inc. from 1943-1981 and received Spring Mills 25 Year Club membership for loyalty, skillful and dedicated continuous service. He attended Mecklenburg county colored schools.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lula Simpkins; brother, Henry Davis; stepbrothers, Shelton Potts, Willie Potts, Walter Potts, Milo Potts and James Potts; and his stepsister, Viola Hood.

He leaves to cherish many joyful memories, a loving and devoted wife, Ella; two sons, James Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and Thomas H. (Jeanne) of Kannapolis, N.C.; two daughters, Martha A. Jackson (Shedrick) of Rock Hill and June C. Sanders (Zebedee) of Woodbridge, Va.; brothers, William Davis of Baltimore, Md. and Rev. Ernest J. Dixon of Fort Mill; brother-in-law, Edward Reid of Lancaster; sisters-in-law, Naomi Davis of Baltimore, Linda Dixon, Anna Dixon, Mattie Davis, Ella Mae Potts, Elizabeth Reid and Dorothy Fuller all of Fort Mill; stepsister, Lina Potts; stepbrother, Thomas (Boy Francis) Potts; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral will be Saturday at Silver Mount Baptist Church, 501 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte. Family hour will be from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m., Dr. Lincoln C. Lee, will officiate, assisted by Revs. Hazel Potts and Annette Watts and minister Dorothy Davis.

Parker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.