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King Dixon, II

Albert King Dixon, II




Albert King Dixon, II of Laurens, South Carolina, passed away on July 6 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 61 years who was his sweetheart since the third grade, Augusta Mason Dixon; and his 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 and Sarah Simmons Dixon) of Greenville, South Carolina. He was a fiercely loyal and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who instilled in his family his personal mantra of faith, family and service in all areas of his life.


King was known for his hard-driving passion and unquenchable enthusiasm in all that he did. He was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at Laurens High School, a football standout at the University of South Carolina, and player/coach of the United States Marine Corps football team. While attending USC, he also excelled academically graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award. He later served at USC as the Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs, Athletics Director during which time USC joined the Southeastern Conference, and most recently, as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a Vietnam veteran and retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service to his country, having earned a number of military citations for heroic service. His career also included service as the Executive Director of the Laurens YMCA and an executive with The Palmetto Bank.


Beyond his professional service, King loved being with and helping other people. He invested his life and served in leadership roles in a wide-variety of organizations in every city in which he lived: Elder and Sunday School teacher in the Presbyterian Church, Scoutmaster and local council President of the Boy Scouts of America (with all three sons and both grandsons earning the rank of Eagle Scout), coach of youth sports teams, Dixie Youth Baseball, District Governor of Rotary, Straight Street, Senior Laurens, Touchdown Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Upper Savannah Council of Government, and South Carolina Association of Regional Councils, among others. He received numerous awards for his leadership and service, including the Outstanding Armed Forces Player of the Year; Athletic Halls of Fame for South Carolina, USC, and Laurens High School; South Carolina Order of the Palmetto; Silver Beaver of the Boy Scouts; multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellows; and many other awards focused in particular on youth, civic and philanthropic service. Above all, he was a man of strong faith who believed he was God’s servant and who frequently attributed his accomplishments to the Lord – “to God be the glory!”


A service of thanksgiving will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Laurens, SC, on Friday, July 10 at 3:00 p.m. with only the family in attendance and live streamed for all others, followed by a private family interment with full military honors at Forest Lawn Cemetery. To view the live streamed service, click the link on King’s obituary at www.thekennedymortuary.com on Friday prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Laurens Endowment Fund, Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America Endowment Fund, or the Rotary Foundation.

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With the deepest of respect and the lost of another Marine Corps leader that was very instrumental in my Marine Corps career. You see 1st Lt Dixon was my series commander when I was going through Marine Corps boot camp, but he was also an outstanding football player on the MCRD Devil Dogs football team. I introduce myself and informed him of my interest in playing football and he took me right out to practice with the team and completing my training at Camp Pendleton, he brought me back down to play on the team in a permanent position. That was 1962 thru 1964 and that was the last time I saw him, but he served 22 years and I served for 30 years and I have never forgot the break in what he saw in me which was very inspiring. Thanks for your memories and my you rest in peace.

Michael T Copeland
Aug 62 - Aug 92

Michael T Copeland Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

To the entire Dixon family, I wanted to let you know how much I admired and respected King. I served on the board of the Blue Ridge Council with both Lee and King and can't think of a person who stuck to his beliefs more or who was more true to God, family, and country. Great man and a huge loss to the community at large!!

Ken Betsch

Ken Betsch Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

What a huge loss in this life for King Dixon not to be here anymore! We are among many who lament his passing from their own lives because he was such a blessing. Oh, but what a gain for this great man King to now be with the King of Glory! King Dixon was such a kind, genuine Christian whose faith shone in every setting. A true southern gentleman, King was a capable person who clearly loved his family, lived his faith and did his best to make this world a better place. We are saddened for Augusta and all the family in losing him, but thankful to God for giving King the blessing of his family and opportunities to serve others in so many ways.
With Love & Prayers,
Randy & Kathy Folks

Kathy Folks Jul 12 2020 12:00 AM

I knew King all my life and consider it an honor to have known him. He was an exceptional person, he was a great American. Not only did he do big things he did small things. He loved life, he loved people. A scripture verse that always brought me comfort is Isaiah 57:1-2 NIV . I pray the Lord will give you peace, Augusta.

Matthew (Mack) George Jul 11 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Augusta and family. We were so saddened to hear of King's passing. He was such a great inspiration to me during our High School days. he was a great person and treated everyone the same Iwill always remember our baseball games in our junior and senior years and followed his heroics at Carolina a and in the Marines. Our Prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Gene and Ann Moore

Gene and Ann Moore Jul 11 2020 12:00 AM

My Dad took us three children to see Laurens and Clinton play in the 50's
And when Laurens had the ball King ran it all the way back for a TOUCHDOWN! I talked with King at one of the "lent programs" and he thank me for the memories that brought back to him! He was our Hero!

Sandra Turner Walker Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

What a shock to learn of King Dixons passing. I knew King from scouting and also from Rotary. He always went out of his way to speak to me. He was an inspiration and great role model for all who associated with he. I always felt good after a conversation with King. His enthusiasm and positive attitude radiated from him.
My condolences to Augusta and his family.

Kent Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of King Dixon, II

Jackie & Nic Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

What a wonderful tribute to a devoted servant to God and his country, his family and his friends. LAURENS County salutes you and you will never be forgotten. A few tears today but bigger smiles as we remember your true spirit of friendship. Love and prayers

BettyAnn Spires Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

I am proud to say that I am a friend of King Dixon. He was always kind, understanding and Sympathetic. He epitomized in every way the Marine Corps motto - Semper Fidelis.

Paul Denman Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

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