‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Augusta's visitation.

Augusta Dixon



Augusta Mason Dixon




Augusta Mason Dixon of Laurens, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on August 17 at age 83 of cancer. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Albert King “King” Dixon, II,  who was her childhood sweetheart since the third grade, and she is survived by her three sons, Albert King “King” Dixon, III (Kristina Halleck Dixon) of Stafford, Virginia; Augustus “Gus” Mason Dixon (Kim King Dixon and sons Andrew “Drew” Mason Dixon and Robert King Dixon) of Columbia, South Carolina; and Lee Simmons Dixon (Margaret Edwards Dixon and daughters Anna Dixon Massullo (Gregory Dennis Massullo) and Sarah Simmons Dixon) of Greenville, South Carolina. Augusta and her beloved sister, Henrietta “Retta” Mason Gantt were born in Laurens and were the daughters of the late Augustus “Gus” Isaac Mason and Etta Lee Scruggs Mason.


Augusta was a life-long Presbyterian and known for her strong and steady faith and Biblical knowledge. Along with her husband she taught many years of adult Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church of Laurens, where she was also an ordained Elder, long-time choir member, and past moderator of the Presbyterian Women. She was faithful to the baptism vows of her children and instilled her faith in her sons who are all Elders in the Presbyterian Church.


Augusta was also a life-long learner. She graduated from Laurens High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of South Carolina. She was an avid reader and she took pride in researching, writing and presenting papers as a member and past-President of The Wednesday Club and a member of The Palmetto Study Club. Augusta was also past-President of the Columbia Garden Club and particularly enjoyed time with her sister arranging beautiful table arrangements.


Augusta was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who was always thoughtful of others. She and her husband were an inseparable team who invested themselves in the churches, schools, youth sports teams, Boy Scouts (with all three sons and both grandsons earning the rank of Eagle Scout), Rotary (in which she was an honorary member), and other local organizations in the communities in which they lived during and after King’s military career in the United States Marine Corps, including Virginia, Hawaii, Oklahoma and South Carolina. In many cases, Augusta was the quiet and dedicated force behind those in leadership roles. She had a genuine smile, wonderful laugh, gentle voice, charm, and genteelness that belied her persistent resolve and steady determination. She was filled with God’s grace and lived her life to the glory of the Lord!   


A service of thanksgiving will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Laurens, South Carolina, on Friday, August 21, at 3:00 p.m. with only the family in attendance and live streamed for all others, followed by a private family interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. To view the live streamed service, click the link on Augusta’s obituary at www.thekennedymortuary.com on Friday prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Laurens Endowment Fund, the Rotary Foundation, or a charity of your choice.




To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Augusta Dixon, please visit our flower store.


I was so sorry to hear of Augusta's passing. But I know she is happy to be back with her true love and in heaven. She will certainly be missed by many in the community. I always enjoyed having her near me in church choir, she kept me on pitch.. A true Southern Lady.

Martha Gilchrest Aug 21 2020 12:00 AM

King and Christine, Gus and Kim, Lee and Margaret, you all have so many amazing memories of your precious Mom and Dad. We were all blessed to know them and especially blessed to be Kings first cousin. I remember Katharine telling us what a beautiful voice Augusta had. One time when we visited Mom (Katharines sister) and I were truly blessed to not only hear her sing, but to her sing a beautiful solo. Your grandmother was right! Augusta had a gorgeous voice.
I am so sorry that this pandemic (as Augusta said, ..it just does not suit... has kept our family from being all together through this, but just know that Jeff and I are with you all in spirit. May Augusta, King and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Much love.

Katharine Pasch Aug 21 2020 12:00 AM

A fine southern lady who was an asset to King. A true friend to Mary and I and a loss that will take a long time to fill. Our praywers go out to the family

Mary and Ron Wheeler Aug 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Augusta Dixon

Gretchen Whiting Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

To the Dixon clan, words cannot express the value of Augusta & Kings lives particularly to Laurens Co. As a child in the First Presbyerian Church in Laurens I have vivid memories but none more than Gus Mason always giving the second motion when electing officers in the church.His booming voice always got a chuckle. RIP Augusta!

John wasson Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Dixon family!

Wendy Powell Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this.. What a sweet sweet lady she was. I worked in the South Carolina Athletics Department when King was AD there and they both were always so kind to everyone. I know they are happy to be together again... Prayers to all their family.

Dale Davis Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

May God bless the family with strength and wisdom, love and comfort, and with peace.

She was a wonderful lady, and I am sure that she is in Heaven with her beloved.

Joey Holmes Aug 18 2020 12:00 AM

Was always so proud when Augusta (and her mother) modeled for Tapestry . She was a true lady and I am honored to have known her
Leslie Anne Jackson

Leslie Jackson Aug 18 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Augusta Dixon

Christy Coates Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

Show More Entries