James Dixon, 87, truck driver, veteran

April 19, 2005

James Dixon, a retired truck driver and a World War II veteran, died of a hemorrhage April 12 at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Edmondson Village resident was 87.

Mr. Dixon was born in Chester, S.C., and moved to Baltimore as a teenager in 1932. He worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant before enlisting in the Army in 1942.

After his 1946 discharge, he became a trackman for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, then drove trucks for Boss-Linco Lines Inc. for 30 years. After retiring there in 1980, he was a driver for several years for the now-defunct Four Seas and Seven Winds travel agency, delivering tickets to clients.

Mr. Dixon enjoyed fishing, travel and following the Orioles.

He was a 72-year member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where he sang with the choir and was a member of the usher board. Services were held there yesterday.

Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Audrey A. Hunt, a former National Security Agency secretary; three sons, Sherman Lee Dixon of Irvington and Thomas Lee Dixon and Tyrone Dixon, both of Edmondson Village; six daughters, Elaine Thompson, Lucille A. Spears, Mildred Lee Byrd, Twylla Sampson, Vernette Duncan and Cheryl Dixon, all of Edmondson Village; three stepsons, Derrrick T. Tilghman of Perry Hall and Elmer W. Tilghman and Juan T. Whitehurst, both of Govans; 30 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, the former Elizabeth Langley, died in 1985.

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