Early Wednesday Morning, April 20, 2011 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter, Michael Anthony Dixon, 52, husband of Mary Wright Dixon, bid farewell to his family and friends as he entered into the realms of eternal rest,. Born January 30, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of Bertha Lee Baxton Dixon and the late William Dixon, Sr.
Michael was a 1976 graduate of Dickerson High School in Jersey City, N. J. Upon graduating from high school, Michael entered the United States Army and served honorably. After being honorably discharged he worked for over 20 years with the United States Postal Service.
Michael attended the Outreach to the Unreached Deliverance Church, Santee, under the leadership of Apostle Legrand Ingram, where he was involved in ministry.
Michael was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Anna Rodriquez. To this union four children were born. Michael remained in South Carolina raising his children alone and later returned to New Jersey for a short visit. Michael stated he found the answer to his prayer when he found Mary. He stated he prayed that God would send him a wife to help him take care of his children and that she would love his children just as much as she loved him. Well God answered his prayer on that short trip when he found his dear friend Mary. Michael and Mary fell in love, and they were united in Holy Matrimony on August 30, 1999. They were joined together along with their children together, and they became one big happy family.
Michael was known to enjoy his life driving and building antique cars. He loved working with his hands. Michael was a very responsible man who took care of his family and wanted to make sure his children carry on that tradition. Family was very important to him and he loved his children dearly. Michael was also a father to many children who were not his own. “Umar, as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, was a devoted husband and father.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories: his loving and devoted wife of the home, Mary Dixon; their children, six loving sons, Umar, Abdul, Bilal, Lamar and Rashawn of the home, TeQuan Wright of Jersey City, NJ; three daughters, Creola (Carlesto) Taylor of Greenville, NC, Rashita (Bashaal) Lemmon of Jersey City, NJ and his adorable baby girl Kenya of the home; nine grandchildren who were very special to him, Denzell, Samia, Jordan, Jakiyah, Shaniyah, Rakil, Qulik, Jahwon and RahAsia; his loving mother, Bertha Lee Dixon of Jersey City, NJ; two brothers, William Dixon, Jr. and George (Alita) Dixon of Jersey City, NJ; three sisters, Tony Hodges of Missouri, Linda Dixon and Olivia Dixon, both of Jersey City, NJ; two aunts, Carolyn Jenkins and Margaretta Taylor of Jersey City, NJ; his mother-in-law, Mary E. Wright of Jersey City, NJ and father-in-law, Morris Wright, Sr. of Sumter; five brothers-in-law, Morris (Kimberly) Wright, Jr., David (Sharlise) Wright and Shawn Wright, all of Jersey City, NJ, Harold Holmes of Eutawville, and Timothy (Tonya) Wright of Columbia; three sisters-in-law, Martha (George) Harris, Della Mae (Peter) Westpoint, Thelma (Vincent) Keith, all of Jersey City, NJ; his godmother, Rev. Ethel M. Holmes of Jersey City, NJ; three goddaughters, Zyanna Amaker and Imani Powers of Jersey City, NJ and Shaquanna King of Eutawville; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva and Sheila.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 29, 2011 from the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, 2440 Atlas Road, Columbia, with the Rev. Darrell Jackson, Pastor, Apostle Eugene Stackhouse, eulogist, Associate Pastor, Randall ‘Mack” Jackson, presiding, assisted by Minister Shauna Hodge, Evangelist Mary Eddy and the Rev. Ethel M. Holmes.
The family will receive friends at the home 3475 Kel Sam Drive, Dalzell.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 11:00 a. m.
Floral bears will be nieces and cousins.
Pall bearers will be Alvin Byrd, Kenny Chavis, Johnny King, Richard Lewis, Malik Mohammad and David Wright.
Interment will be in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia.