Obituary: Jean Dixon

Jean Carol Barger Dixon, Bible teacher and partner in ministry to her husband, died Aug. 8. She was 92.

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Jean Carol Barger Dixon, Bible teacher and partner in ministry to her husband, died Aug. 8. She was 92. She and her twin brother, Jim, were born to William Carson Barger and Mary Viola Barger in Big Springs, Tenn., on April 16, 1928. Her family moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., when she was 10 years old, and there she met her future husband, Robert Dixon, in the fourth grade. They were married on Oct. 23, 1948, after he returned from his service in the U.S. Navy. She attended Carson Newman College. Soon after their two daughters were born, the Dixons sensed God’s calling to a life of ministry. They moved to Fort Worth for training at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They served four churches before devoting most of their lives to serving Christ through the ministries of Texas Baptist Men. Throughout his years as executive director of TBM, she found great fulfillment supporting and encouraging him as he followed God’s call on his life. She worked and ministered by his side, much of the time content to be in the background. Her house was always one of generous hospitality. She taught English and citizenship lessons to Chinese and Kurdish immigrants, and she opened her home to vulnerable children to provide house parents from children’s homes a respite. She also provided a monthly birthday party for nursing home residents. She found her greatest joy in studying the Bible and teaching its great truths to others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob. She is survived by daughter Kathy Treadwell and husband Don; daughter Becky Faulkner and husband A.G; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a twin brother, Jim Barger.


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