Bruce McClung Dixon Sr., 92, of Timber Ridge died July 19

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Bruce McClung Dixon Sr., 92, of Timber Ridge, died in the presence of his wife of 70 years, Mary Ann Patterson Dixon, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Born Dec. 13, 1924, in Rockbridge County, he was the son of the late Frank McClung Dixon and Lucy Agnes Link Dixon. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Frank, Robert and Charles.

Bruce was a lifelong member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church and most recently attended Fairfield United Methodist Church.

He is survived by four children and their families: Diana Dixon (Gary Johnson) and her daughter, Deann Frazier Bishop (Alejandro Rivera), both of Troutville; Marilyn Dixon (the late Eddie Burch) of Timber Ridge and her sons, Tav Wayne Sensabaugh (Claudine) and William Fremont Knick IV (Cassie); Pamela Stalnaker (Marvin) of Chesterfield, and her stepdaughters, Erica Tillman and Holly Asal; Bruce Dixon Jr. (Jane) of Richmond and his daughters, Emma Hope and Lexie McClung Dixon.

He is also survived by one brother, Dennis Dixon (Barbara) of Lexington; and two sisters, Joann Huffman and Donna Shepherd (Wesley), all of Rockbridge County. In addition to seven grandchildren, he also had four great-grandchildren: Cody and Madison Sensabaugh, Piercen and Tatum Knick; and four step-great-grandchildren: Kinley and Bronson Tillman, Wyatt and Preston Asal.

A World War II infantry veteran, he received a long and hard-earned list of recognitions and awards:  the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his selfless actions, honorably serving as private first class, Company G, 327th Infantry, and with the storied 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions.  He participated in the Ardennes (Bastogne - Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.

His home and work life was in unceasing service to family, farm, community and country. Bruce loved, played, and worked on and with everything to do with transportation - he was a man never without “wheels” and was always in motion. His barns, garages, and all his properties housed many and various vehicles: tractors, wagons, trailers, motorcycles, bikes, motor homes, carts, ATVs and vans.  And, he knew how to fix and maintain them - through the 1960s and early 1970s, he owned and operated the town Esso “filling station,” and spent his personal hours building, lifting, moving, and improving whatever else he could get his hands on.

Every chance he got, he escaped to his cabin in Brattons Run to chop wood or mow grass, or to “check on things” - the cattle, the creek, the woods or up on the mountains.  He not only drove, worked and played in every corner of Rockbridge; he drove a streetcar in Washington, D.C., chauffeured Greyhound bus passengers on the Eastern seaboard, and journeyed the continental United States in his “retirement” years, delivering Blue Bird school buses with Mary Ann, his family and his buddies.

We called him “Bruce, Daddy, Pepaw, Uncle Bruce and Mr. Dixon” and we remember, respect and deeply love him for his devotion, service and purpose as a great provider for everyone he encountered.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 30, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lucy Jackson-Hughes officiating. A military burial will follow at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. before the service.

In lieu of flowers, his wife and family request memorial donations to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (P.O. Box 824061, Philadelphia, PA 19182-4061) in honor of Tatum Knick or online at OIF.org) or to Fairfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 136, Fairfield, VA 24435.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

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