Anna Belle “Ann” Jackson Dixon went Home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Ann was born March 8, 1940 to James Boyce Jackson and Lila Mae Jackson in Smyrna, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, JB Jackson, Charles Jackson, Donald Jackson, Bobby Jackson, Richard Jackson, Leonard Jackson, and her son, William Frank Dixon III. As her husband of 63 years said, “Glory! She’s Home!”
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, William Frank Dixon Jr., and children, Dean Dixon, his wife, Angie Dixon, and children, Hunter and Tyler Dixon; Rena Dixon Hodges, her husband, Michael Hodges, and children, Bruce and Anna Hodges. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Jane Sifford, best friend Madge Biggers, and family. To her family and all who knew her, she was a Proverbs 31 woman, “far more precious than jewels…Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Ann grew up in Clover and met her husband at Clover High School, where she graduated in 1959. They were married right after high school and became parents soon after. Ann loved her children and family with all of her heart. She was a committed, genuine, and compassionate mother. Ann was known for her work ethic, servant’s heart, encouraging spirit, faithful presence, outgoing personality, sincere love, and joyful kindness. Through her grandsons unexpected hospital stays and daughter’s military deployment, Ann was faithful to serve her family whenever they needed her.
She was the “Clover Community Grandmother,” welcoming any and every child into her life. She understood and walked in the love of Jesus and sought to pour that love out to everyone she knew. In John 15 we read, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Ann lived a life of love, pouring herself out for her family, church family, neighbors, friends, and strangers. Ann will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, welcoming the lonely and hurting into her home for Sunday family dinners. She welcomed others as Christ welcomed her and the gift of her kindness will live on in the many lives she touched.
In addition, Ann was a gifted baker, and was known for her famous pies and fruit breads. She regularly visited shut ins, the sick, and lonely, and enjoyed bringing her baked goods to share.
She was a one of a kind lady. Her southern hospitality mixed with her Broadway fashion was unforgettable. A precious sisterhood was formed through friendships made in the Red Hat Society. She was a member of several chapters, including the Black Hat Society for over 30 years. She thoroughly enjoyed the yearly conventions, especially the Cary, NC Convention, when her daughter, Rena joined her. Ann was known to dress to the nines and was sure to wear her beautiful accessories, especially her hats and jewelry, wherever she went.
Ann had a tremendous work ethic, first at North Hand Protection, a local textiles company, where she worked full time for over 30 years, or later in her back yard doing yard work. She loved getting her hands dirty. She was a member of Clover ARP Church for over 60 years and an active member of her church circle, which focused on missions and supporting community shut ins. She, along with her church family, devoted her life to welcoming and serving others like Jesus. She had numerous close friends, but her two very best friends were her sister, Jane, and Madge Biggers. Her older sister, Jane, held a very special place in her heart. They enjoyed raising their children together, talking daily on the phone, going on shopping trips, and dressing up for different events. Madge and Ann were lifelong high school friends, who fiercely supported each other in the joys and sorrows of life. Becky Oxford was another dear and generous friend, who loved Ann well. Her friends will miss her beautiful and welcoming spirit.
A receiving of friends and family will be held Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Atrium of Clover A.R.P. Church, 127 Kings Mountain Street, Clover, SC. We will celebrate her life and the hope we have in our risen Lord at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clover A.R.P. Church, 127 Kings Mountain Street, Clover, SC 29710.
Clover ARP Church
127 Kings Mountain Street, Clover SC 29710