Community Recognizing King Dixon

The City of Laurens is honoring the legacy of one of her most respected native sons today. A funeral service at First Presbyterian at 3:00 this afternoon is for family only, but live streaming of the service is available for all to see. A link to the live stream is at TheKennedyMortuary.com. Audio of the live service will also be broadcast on WLBG Radio this afternoon.

Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn is issuing a proclamation recognizing today as “King Dixon Day” in the City of Laurens, the second time for this honor. The first time was in 1954.

The city is organizing a big public salute to King Dixon by inviting folks to line both sides of West Main Street from First Presbyterian Church and on across the Square. You’re encouraged to bring flags of the US, South Carolina, the Marine Flag or a Laurens High Flag to show support for these aspects of King’s life. You’re asked to be in place by 3:45 this afternoon. Mayor Senn said, “We ask all participants to remember the solemnity of dignity of this occasion and remain silent as the cortege passes, lowering flags as a sigh of respect. Boy Scout troops will also be on hand to honor King’s work with scouting.

The public is strongly encouraged to maintain adequate social distancing (6 ft. between individuals of different households) as you stand along the cortege route.

Accompanying the funeral cortege from First Presbyterian Church to Forest Lawn Cemetery will be an honor escort of the City of Laurens Police Department.  The interment at the cemetery, where Dixon will be laid to rest will full military honors, is reserved for members of the Dixon family.