Jimmie Dixon instrumental in sr. center

December 15, 2012

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Longtime Granbury attorney Jimmie C. Dixon, instrumental in the start of the Hood County Meals on Wheels program and other benefits for senior citizens, died Tuesday in Granbury.

He was 88.

Services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Granbury where he was a devoted member.

Dixon was very involved in the development of the senior center and was president of Crime Stoppers.

“If it weren’t for Jimmie Dixon and the board at that time, the building we have for the Hood County Senior Center wouldn’t be there,” said Kennith Umphress, who served on the board with Dixon.

“He was president of the board back then, and he came to us one day and said he found a piece of property up on the hill. I think we ought to buy it,” he told us. “The board agreed with him. And darned if he didn’t pull it off!”

Umphress said board members signed the note down for the property and the construction of the new building at 501 E. Moore St.

“He ramrodded the whole thing. He’s the reason it’s there. If it had not be for him and the others on the board, we wouldn’t have that nice place today,” Umphress noted.

Dixon was born Oct. 13, 1924 in Fort Worth. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Mary Frances Seely on Feb. 23, 1946 in Decatur.

Dixon became an attorney in Fort Worth and then settled in Granbury where he became a civic-minded lawyer.

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