Lena Mae Catchings Dixon

Lena Mae Catchings Dixon, 93, passed away May 29, 2021. Services were held June 5 at New Hope M.B. Church in Georgetown, with Dr. Victor Dixon officiating. Hazlehurst Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Lena was born on March 13, 1928, to Isaiah and Willie Mae Catchings, of Georgetown. She had 15 siblings (11 brothers and four sisters). She was raised in a Christian home and taught family values. Her family attended Brushy Creek M.B. Church in Georgetown, and Lena also attended Brushy Creek School, where she graduated in 1946. She continued her education at Jackson State University, where she obtained a degree in education.
On April 28, 1947, Lena married her lifetime love, Earl Carver Dixon. Earl sang in a gospel group called “The Spiritual Five,” and Lena sang in a gospel group called “The Georgetown Four.” Both groups recorded records. To their union, nine children were born (five boys and four girls), who later became the famous “Dixon Singers.”
They became prominent people in the community. Lena was a school teacher and taught at Antioch School, New Hope School, and Brushy Creek School, where she influenced the lives of many children, whom she embraced over the years, and served until her retirement in 1960. Her husband, Earl, was later called into the ministry and was the pastor of five churches for many years where Lena served and played an active, supportive role as their First Lady.
Over the years, Lena worked as a supervisor at Edward Hyman Sewing Factory, Hazlehurst, and Bernstein Shirt Factory, Crystal Springs, where she retired. She and Earl farmed their own land and owned Dixon’s Grocery Store in Georgetown. She was a Home Interior Consultant for many years, President of the Pastor’s Supporters at New Hope M. B. Church, member of the Egypt Hill Willing Workers, and treasurer for the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance Wives Department. She was employed at Dixon’s Boutique in Hazlehurst until March 21, 2021, when her health starting failing.
Lena received numerous recognitions and awards affirming the great impact she had on everyone she met. Recognitions and awards included: honors from the governor, House of Representatives, and senators of Mississippi; and was named honorary sheriff deputy by the sheriff of Copiah County. A former mayor of Hazlehurst also declared March 13 “Lena Dixon Day” in the city of Hazlehurst.
Lena’s parents, brother and sisters, one child (Don Linzy Dixon), and four grandchildren all preceded her in death. On June 4, 1999, after 52 years of marriage, her husband also preceded her in death.
Lena leaves to cherish her memory eight children, Dorothy Dixon, of Byram; Earl (Billie) Dixon, Wilhelmina Jones, Bernita (Gene) Robinson, all of Hazlehurst; Brenda (Scottie) Yancey, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Victor (Lavoise) Dixon, of Hazlehurst; Joe Dixon, David (Mary) Dixon, both of Georgetow; 34 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; 43 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Roy L. Dixon; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Dixon, Helen Louise Gordon, all of Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.