E. Leslie Dixon, 92, of Benton passed away Tuesday, July 17 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born July 4, 1920, in Mulberry, Kan., to the late George and Alma Dooley Dixon.
Mr. Dixon obtained a master's degree and was a school teacher and coach in Kansas. He finished his career in the engineering division for the Kansas State Highway Department.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Mr. Dixon was a 50-year Mason belonging to the Scottish Rite in Fort Scott, Kan., and more recently a member of the Benton Lodge.Â He attended Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton. Â He was very athletic throughout his life, was an All-State football player in high school and a collegiate track star.Â
Mr. Dixon was a world-ranked horseshoe pitcher and had never played the game until he was 72.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Casey Lee Parker; and five brothers, Arthur, Amon, Freeman, Lloyd and Richard Dixon.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Loene Harlan Dixon of Benton; two sons, Larry Dixon and wife Willa of Interlachen, Fla., and David Dixon and wife Kathy of Brandon, Miss; one daughter, Diane Brock and husband Horace of Bryant; eight grandchildren, Dale Dixon, Kim Carden, Stacie Hengy, Angela Thompson, Russell Parker, Michael Parker, Sarah Goodwin, and Jonathan Dixon; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Terry Parrish officiating.Â Entombment with military honors will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with military honors.Â Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons and Keith Bagley, Roland King and Gene Bagwell.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the funeral home.Â
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice House, 23157 Interstate 30, Bryant, AR 72022.
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