01/19/11 — COL. W.L. "BILL" DIXSON

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Sept. 28, 1917-Jan. 11, 2011

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Retired Air Force Col. W.L. "Bill" Dixson died peacefully at his residence at OakBridge Terrace, Azalea Trace, Pensacola, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. He was 93.

William Lee Dixson was born Sept. 28, 1917, to William Lee and Gertrude Knight Dixson in Jacksonville, Fla.

He graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C.

He devoted a full career to the United States Air Force, serving as a B-17 navigator during World War II. His last active duty assignment was as comptroller of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Following retirement, he served as the finance director for the city of Goldsboro.

His wife, Eleanor Dixson, predeceased him in 1976.

Col. Dixson and Julia Bizzell Robinson of Clinton, N.C., married in August 1977. They enjoyed a home at Pine Knoll Shores prior to moving to Azalea Trace in 1986, where 24 additional years there had been filled with fellowship, friendships, travel and visits with family.

Bill Dixson is survived by daughter, Gail Spencer (Jesse Moore) of Coats; grandson, Michael Spencer (Michele); great-granddaughters, Morgan and Marley of Cary; grandson, Lee Spencer (fiancee´, Christine VanOver) of Garner; Bizzell Dixson's children, Holt Robinson (Helyn) of Gastonia, Stewart Robinson of Elizabeth City and Anne Hodges (Madison) of Tallahassee, Fla.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the community of health care providers at OakBridge Terrace, Azalea Trace, and to his Covenant Hospice team. Their efforts have been truly extraordinary.

Memorials may be designated to American Red Cross (military services); Trinity Presbyterian Church, Pensacola, Fla.; Azalea Trace Foundation; or Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, Fla.


Published in Obituaries on January 19, 2011 1:46 PM