Annie Laura Cole Dixon, 83, of Thomasville died Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was born January 3, 1927 in Brooksville Miss.
She received her early educational training at the Covington County training School in Andalusia and the School of Nursing in Selma. She began working at Jackson Hospital and later transferred to Thomasville Hospital.
Later she furthered her education by attending Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. She taught food and nutrition in the Clarke County area and did this for a period of time and later returned back to the nursing field as a private nurse where she retired.
She was a member of New Hope No. 1 Baptist Church in Thomasville where she served as President of the Deaconess Board, Member of the Missionary Society, Church Choir, Nurses Guild and Usher Board. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star #191 and Heroines of Jericho of Alabama.
She and her husband owned and operated a restaurant, grocery store and a weekend entertainment center where the community gathered for food and fun.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2010 at New Hope #1 Baptist Church with Elder Jimmy Allen officiating. Interment was at New Hope #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Roy Dixon; two sons, Bruce and Stanford Arch Dixon; parents, Joe and Natalie Cole; grandparents, Joe and Mary Cole; sister, Nancy C. Miller; two brothers, John Aaron and Clarence Cole.
She is survived by her children, Blanche Rennette (David) Lewis of Lathrup Village, Mich., Bennie Roy (Cassandra) Dixon of The Woodlands, Texas, Joane (Robert) Howard and Shirellia (Julius) Moore both of Thomasville; stepson, Bobby Lee (Savannah) Jones of Winston-Salem, N.C.; brother, Jake Cole of St. Louis, Mo.; step-sister, Leola Atkins of St. Louis, Mo.; three brother-in-laws, Wilson (Lena) Dixon of Thomasville, McVay Dixon and Shelly Dixon both of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisterin laws, Lazon Jackson and Ruth Dixon both of Cleveland, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; two adopted sisters, Emma Fulford of Bessemer and Bonnie Pearl Jones of Thomasville; two devoted friends, Gussie Brunson of Thomasville and Minerva Porreca of New York; prayer partner, Sis. Oweta Jackson of Thomasville; devoted neighbors, the Harris and Malone families and a host of devoted nieces, nephew, cousins and close friends.
Reese Funeral Home in Thomasville directed.