Lewis C. Dixon, 77, former Mount Airy mayorLewis C. Dixon...

July 31, 1999

Lewis C. Dixon, 77, former Mount Airy mayor

Lewis C. Dixon, who served as mayor of Mount Airy for seven terms and was the founder and owner of Commercial Fuel Systems, died tuesdayof multiple myeloma at his home there. He was 77.

Mr. Dixon, a Democrat, served one term as a Mount Airy councilman before being elected to his first term as mayor in 1972. He was defeated in his run for an eighth consecutive two-year term in 1986.

He was a president of Maryland Municipal League, a member of the Carroll County Chapter Democratic Club and an active Kiwanian. A three-time president of the Mount Airy Kiwanis, he was the first Mount Airy resident to be awarded the Kiwanis Hixon Award.

In 1988, he established Commercial Fuel Systems, which supplies fuel oil to state office buildings, police barracks and highway department depots, and was working there at the time of his death.

A mechanical engineer, Mr. Dixon had worked for many years at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in White Oak in Montgomery County, and had worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick. He retired in the mid-1970s. He also had owned the True Value hardware store on Main Street in Mount Airy, closing the business in the 1980s.

Born and raised in Durham, N.C., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Dixon earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps.

He was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He was married for 40 years to the former Mildred Mae Christmas, who died in 1984. A son, Gurney Lewis Dixon, died last year.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Beverly L. Ayres; a son, Mark Colen Dixon of Woodsboro; a brother, J. T. Dixon of Durham, N.C.; three sisters, Nell Tracey of Frederick, Julia Sassnett of Kentucky and Betty Ann Warren of Emerald Isle, N.C.; a stepson, George E. Piper of Brewton, Ala.; three stepdaughters, Bonnie Flook of Needmore, Pa., Laura DeLauder and Robin Crim, both of Middletown; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

Gregory E. Bushman, 33, lumber salesman

Gregory Edward Bushman, a lumber salesman, died Wednesday of cancer at his sister's White Marsh home. He was 33 and lived in Middle River.

A lumber salesman at T. Bushman Forest Products in Phoenix, he enjoyed jet skiing in creeks off Bowleys Quarters and was a NASCAR fan.

Born in Reisterstown, he was a graduate of Sparks Elementary School and Dulaney High School.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Parkton.

He is survived by a daughter, Miranda Bushman of Bel Air; his mother, Pamela Hoffman of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; his father, Thomas F. Bushman Sr. of Monkton; a brother, Thomas F. Bushman Jr. of Essex; and a sister, Melanie Kenney of White Marsh.

Pub Date: 7/31/99

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