King Dixon Funeral is 3:00 Friday Afternoon

Funeral Services are set for tomorrow afternoon for Albert King Dixon II of Laurens. King died Monday evening after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Augusta, their three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Laurens Friday afternoon at 3:00, with only family in attendance. The service will be streamed live for all others. The stream is to be available with a link from King Dixon’s obituary at TheKennedyMortuary.com. Audio from the service will also be broadcast live on WLBG radio.

King Dixon was known for his hard-driving passion and unquenchable enthusiasm in all he did. He was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at Laurens High, a football standout at the University of South Carolina and a player/coach of the United States Marine Corps football team.

Dixon was a Vietnam Veteran, receiving a number of citations for heroic service and retired from the Marines at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service.

Returning home, King was Executive Director of the Laurens YMCA, then an executive with the Palmetto Bank. He later served the University of South Carolina as Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs before being named as Athletic Director. Under his leadership over USC Athletics the school joined the Southeastern Conference.

King Dixon invested his life in many organizations wherever he lived, and is well known for the many activities in his hometown since the 1980’s. He was an Elder and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian, Scoutmaster and local council President of the Boy Scouts of America. All three of his and Augusta’s sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout. King was an active volunteer with youth sports such as the Dixie Youth program, was active in Rotary including serving as District Governor. He was active with Straight Street Youth Ministry, Touchdown Club, United Way and Chamber of Commerce. He assisted local economic development including with the Laurens County Development Corporation and served on the Upper Savannah Council of Government.

Dixon was named Outstanding Armed Forces Player of the Year and was named to Athletic Halls of Fame for South Carolina, USC and Laurens High.

King received the Order of the Palmetto, Silver Beaver from the Scouts, multiple Paul Harris Fellows in Rotary and many other awards focused on youth, civil and philanthropic service.