Dixon Chandler, a resident of Marked Tree for over 50 years, passed away Friday after a brief illness. A native of Prattville, Alabama, Dixon attended the University of Alabama, proudly served in the USMC, and married Marked Tree native Tommye Crowell in 1964. Dixon joined George and Louise Crowell and Millard and Della Weir at Schonberger's Department Store, which served Poinsett County for 100 years.
Dixon was a staple of the comunity. A member of the United Methodist Church, he
taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Instrumental in the success and development of local youth sports, Dixon coached dozens of young men in Pee-Wee and Little League Ball. Dixon was a community business leader, president of his Lion's Club, and contributed immeasurably to the development of Marked Tree.
A school board member and president for many years, he influenced and improved life for generations of Marked Tree children. Dixon loved sports, and pioneered radio and cable TV coverage of high school sports, providing color commentary. He loved golf, and helped develop a community golf course. Football season was a happy time for Dixon, the world's number one Alabama fan.
There was hardly an aspect of Marked Tree life that Dixon did not influence or help.
After retirement, Dixon served as mayor of the community he loved so well. He worked to bring new development and industry to Marked Tree, and helped build a walking track and recreational water park for town.
Dixon is survived by Tommye, his wife and partner of 52 years; three sons, Dixon, Mark and Matt; seven grandchildren, Katie, Luke, Noah-Dixon, and Sam; Ethan, Olivia, and Violet of Arizona; and five cats.
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The First United Methodist Church
Marked Tree, AR, US, 72365