Nathaniel (“Nathan”) D. Dixon, 36, of Corinth, died at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tenn., where he was hospitalized due to injuries he received as a result of a one-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 72 during the early morning hours on Monday, June 12.
The same accident immediately claimed the life of his wife Theresa “Michelle” Johnson Dixon, 34, whose funeral was held on Saturday, June 17.
In an effort to keep friends and church family informed, close family friend DuJuana Thompson made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday — to which 1,000 people had responded, and shared 436 times, before noon on Monday.
Dixon was the son of the Rev. Merle Dixon and Jeannie Dixon. The Rev. Dixon serves as pastor at West Corinth Pentecostal Tabernacle, where his late son was also a minister. Dixon was also a funeral director with Magnolia Funeral Home.
Nathan and Michelle Dixon had been married for about two and a half years and were a blended family with five children.
Thompson said the couple had just gone to Arkansas to set up their camper for a summer youth camp. They had been heading back to get some clothes when they were involved in the accident. The couple was strongly involved in their church activities. He and Michelle traveled often for Dixon to preach and she played piano and sang.
It appears that church and faith have always been a part of Dixon’s life and it showed. Amanda Bradley, a former classmate, who graduated high school with Dixon, said, “I went to school with him all of my life. He was just as dedicated to God in school as much as his adult years. Never wavering — gentle and kind ... respectful.”
It is obvious from the statements of those who knew the couple, that the faith they practice in everyday life is what is pulling them through and providing them with a light in a time of grief.
Dixon’s mother, in a quote regarding the death of her son, said, “We are crushed, but we are not despondent and our faith is not wavering.”
Thompson said one thing the family wants to express to everyone is their gratitude for all the love and prayers extended on their behalf, and Thompson continues to ask for the same during a difficult time.
In a public request, she said, “Again I plead with you to please cover our pastoral family with your love and prayers. They are some of the finest, most humble, kind-spirited people I have ever known.”
Funeral arrangements for Nathan Dixon are with Magnolia Funeral Home.