Straughan Henley Watkins “Spike” Dixon

February 6, 1957 - November 30, 2021
Straughan Henley Watkins “Spike” Dixon

Straughan Henley Watkins “Spike” Dixon, 64, died on November 30, 2021 after a short but courageous battle against cancer.

Spike was born on February 6, 1957 in Henderson, NC to Amie Watkins Dixon and William Dayton Dixon, Jr., who predeceased him.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 43 years, Sharon Fletcher Dixon; his 3 children – Straughan Henley Watkins “Watt” Dixon, Jr., William Fletcher Dixon (Michelle) and Marie Scott Dixon; his 5 grandchildren – Katie, Dayton and Will Dixon, and Emory “Mo” and Norah Powell; his 3 siblings – Sarah Jane Carver, William Dayton “Jake” Dixon, III (Katherine) and Amie Dixon Irby (John); and Sharon’s mother, Jean Fletcher Fields, and her brothers –Jan and Gary Fletcher. He is also survived by his Great Aunt Ruth Watkins Barber (Milton), and many nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he loved dearly.

Spike attended Woodberry Forest School and graduated from Vance Senior High School where he excelled in athletics. After attending East Carolina University, he embarked on a 30 year career with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, where he achieved the level of Vice President and Plant Manager.

Spike enjoyed his childhood summers on the Outer Banks with his siblings and cousins, as well as playing golf and poker with his many friends, but his proudest achievement and greatest source of pride was his beautiful family, whom he adored. He enjoyed traveling with Sharon, trips to the family cabin in Wilkes County, afternoon family boat rides around Wrightsville Beach, or dips in his pool with his grandchildren. He was a thoughtful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend, and he will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be held on December 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home in Henderson, NC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends make a donation to the charity of their choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • December 03, 2021
    Bill Triplett says:
    Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Spike’s passing. He was a great guy. May God give you and all family members strength during this difficult time.

  • December 03, 2021
    Cherie and Rich Lachocki says:
    Sharon, please know how sadden we are by Spikes passing. I know he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and you family.

  • December 03, 2021
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  • December 03, 2021
    JOJO Ricks says:
    Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about Spikes passing. Ben and I always enjoyed our time together with y’all. Saturday night cook outs on the farm, spotting snakes at the pond or just hanging out laughing, we always loved being with you both. Many prayers for you and your precious family.

  • December 04, 2021
    Diane Griffin Piersma says:
    I'm am so sorry for your loss..there are no words to say. You have your memories.