Although private and reserved for family, a Saturday service for former state lawmaker Roscoe Dixon will be live-streamed at serenityfuneralmemphis.com. (Photo: TSD Archives)

Final services for former state lawmaker Roscoe Dixon are set for Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, 2021, from 4-7 p.m., at Serenity Funeral Home, 1638 Sycamore View Road.

All Saturday services are private and reserved for family only. However, the service will be live-streamed at serenityfuneralmemphis.com. 

Dixon died on the evening of April 15 at Baptist Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was 71.

Expressions of sympathy and love continue to post on social media as Dixon’s loved ones prepare for his funeral and burial. Others have openly expressed cherished memories of Dixon.

“Roscoe lived in another part of Whitehaven, and then he moved into my neighborhood,” said Elder Ed Stanton Jr., of Temple COGIC.

“We used to take walks three or four times a week. He belonged to another church, but he started coming to Friday night prayer when the women would be praying. He loved people, and he loved the Lord.”

Joyce Lindsey, past president of the Hamilton High School Alumni Association, said Dixon loved his high school.

“Roscoe graduated in the class of  ’57,” said Lindsey. “Whenever I called Roscoe and needed something, he would always make himself available. He loved children.

“Not only was he dedicated to our alma mater, we adopted two schools in the area: Alcy and Cherokee. He was very active mentoring young boys, and he always participated in ‘Read Around the Christmas Tree.’ He was just a great guy.”

Dixon attended Memphis State University and was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years. He was a National Guardsman for 16 years. 

He served in the state legislature (first as a representative and then as a senator) from 1994 to 2005.

Dixon is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gloria Dobbins Dixon.

He also leaves his step-father, Willie (Stella) Moore; mother-in- law, Hazel Dobbins;  sisters: Catherine and Sandra (Craig); brothers: Ricky (Judy), Bobby, and Danny; sisters-in-law: Dorothy (Robert), Thelma (Vaughn), and Cheryl and a host of nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to CAAP (Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program), Inc.; 4041 Knight Arnold.

‘Caring’ was a way of life for former state lawmaker Roscoe Dixon