People from the Knox County community, surrounding areas and even state-wide are remembering former County Attorney Charley Greene Dixon with anecdotal stories and memories that are quickly filling email inboxes and voicemails.
Dixon, who was diagnosed with colon cancer during a vacation in May 2013, lost his battle at around 2 a.m. Monday morning. As the close-knit Barbourville community attempts to chronicle Dixon’s life and grieve his passing, outpourings of affection for Dixon, his wife Marsha and the couple’s children has come from both near and far. Senator Mitch McConnell said Dixon’s lived his life admirable, always giving in abundance to his community.
“Elaine and I were very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Mr. Charley Dixon. Charley’s work as the former Knox County Attorney, as well as his activities with the Barbourville City School, the Barbourville BETA Club, and UNITE were legendary, and I was always so admiring that such a young man could give so much. Our deepest condolences go to his wife, Marcia, and his children, Callie Ann and Charleston. All of the Commonwealth is poorer for his loss,” McConnell said.
Obituary for Charley Greene Dixon
Charley Greene Dixon Jr. age 49, of Barbourville, was born there on November 19, 1964. He was the son of Charles Dixon and Janice Humfleet Dixon. Charley died at his home, Monday, June 23, 2014. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Barbourville. He was a graduate of Knox Central High School, Union College where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree, Secondary Education and English. In 1989, he received his Juris Doctorate at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Charley was an invaluable asset to Barbourville and Knox County. He challenged, inspired and enriched the lives of numerous individuals by dedicated and untiring service to the community. His professionalism, intelligence, work ethic, strong morals, enthusiasm, civic-mindedness and quest for a better Knox County exemplify a representative that all community leaders hold in high esteem. Charley started his private practice of law in 1989 in Barbourville. He was the Barbourville City Attorney from 1989-1992. In 2003 became Knox County Attorney and Knox County Child Support Director. In 1991-1995 was the Knox County School Board and Barbourville City School Board Attorney. Charley was a member of the American Bar Association since 1989, Kentucky Bar Association since 1989, and the Knox County Bar Association. He was a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1989. He was a member of the Knox County Juvenile Drug Court Team and Knox County Adult Drug Court Team. Charley was Council for Union National Bank since 1989, Ashland Finance from 1989-1996, Central Finance Service, from 1990-1998, Fidelity Credit Corporation since 1998, Knox County Ambulance Service, Knox County Health Department and the Knox County S.O.R.T. (Special Operations Response Team). His Civic and Community Organizations he was a member and was involved in, Lions Club since 1989, Mountain Masonic Lodge #187 since age 21, Tri-County Violence Prevention Board, Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance on Main since inception in 2002, Fraternal Order of Police, Oleika Temple Shriner since 1990, Knox County Drug Policy Prevention Board Chairman, Knox County UNITE Chairman since inception in May 2005. He was voted 2013 Man of the Year by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. On July 14, 1990, he united in marriage to Marcia Michelle Smith and to this union a beloved daughter Callie Ann and beloved son, Charleston Arthur were born. Charley and his wife, Marcia are owners and operators of Lillian June, C&A Enterprises and Dixon Rentals.
Charley is survived by his wife, Marcia Dixon of Barbourville; his Daughter, Callie Ann Dixon and Son, Charleston Arthur Dixon of Barbourville; his Parents, Charles and Janice Dixon of Barbourville; his Mother-In-Law, Margaret Ann Smith of Cannon; Sister-In-Law, Lisa Phipps of Barbourville; his aunts; Anna Marie Dixon of Barbourville; Maxine Humfleet Jones and husband, Rev. Robert C. Jones of Louisville, Kentucky; Uncles, Bill Matt Dixon and wife, Kay and Johnny Dixon and wife Kay, all of Barbourville; Nephews, Alexander Phipps and Ethan Phipps both of Barbourville; Cousins, Brian Jones and wife, Dean of Barbourville; Matthew Dixon of Barbourville; Joy Robyn Fenwick and husband, Jimmy of Lexington Kentucky; John W. Dixon of Lexington, Kentucky; Maria June Dixon, Savannah, Georgia; Anna Katherine Dixon, Alameda, California; David Jones of New Orleans, Louisiana, Steve Jones, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; and Debbie Dennis of Campbellsville, Kentucky and many other relatives and dear friends. Charley was preceded in death by; his Maternal Grandparents, Claude and Mattie Humfleet; his Paternal Grandparents: John C. and June D. Dixon; Father-In-Law; Arthur Smith.
Funeral Services for Charley Greene Dixon Jr. will be conducted at the Barbourville First Baptist Church, Friday, June 27,2014 at 2:00 pm, with Pastor, Shane Nickell, Rev. Robert C. Jones and Mike Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the Barbourville Cemetery with, Steve Jones, David Jones, Brian Jones, Johnny Dixon, Matthew Dixon, Ethan Phipps and Alexander Phipps serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Knox County Attorney’s Office, Knox County UNITE, Knox County Bar Association, Knox County Sheriff Deparment, Kentucky State Police, Knox County Home Health, Barbourville City Police Department. Family have requested contributions may be made to the Knox County Chapter of the American Cancer Society in loving memory of Charley Greene Dixon Jr. Friends will be received at the Barbourville First Baptist Church, Thursday after 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and Friday after 10:00 am until the funeral hour at 2:00 pm. Hopper Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.