Walter Raimey Dixon

October 15, 1914 - March 5, 2013
Walter Raimey Dixon


Walter Raimey Dixon, 98, of Wilmington, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

Mr. Dixon was born October 15, 1914, in Nashville, TN, to the late Addie Lee Batey and Batson Wallace Dixon. He was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Pine Valley United Methodist Church, and the Agape Sunday School Class.

As a young man, he excelled basketball and baseball. He was especially proud that he played on the same professional baseball team as his father in the Nashville area. After completing his education, he worked for a short time at L&N Railroad. In 1940, he was called to Washington DC to work in the Navy Department, making telescopes for the fighting naval ships. He was later employed by the Hoover Company as a district sales manager in Roanoke, VA. He retired in 1972. After retirement he enjoyed playing golf and later enjoyed growing beautiful hybrid day lillies and loved sharing them with friends.

Mr. Dixon is survived by his loving wife Norma Best Dixon; daughters, Edna Best Coggins, and husband, John, and Georgia Best Tarbet, and husband, Jim; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous first cousins in the Nashville area.

A service to celebrate his life will be held 11 AM, Saturday, March 9, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be held a later date in Nashville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Valley UMC, 3788 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC 28403, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physician’s Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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


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  • December 22, 2013
    Dean W. Dixon says:
    I remember Raimey (as he was known to most of the Dixon family) as a child and young teenager when he would come back to Dixon family reunions in Kentucky and Tennessee. I remember one in particular that was held in an open, shaded meadow with a spring flowing through it near our family farm in Logan County, KY. My younger sister, Denice, and I always looked forward to Raimey coming back for our reunions, as he took pains to pay special attention to us and to talk with us, moreso than most of the other adults. I lost track of him after his father died and his mother moved away from their home on Brick Church Pike in Nashville, and only later caught up with him after I retired from AT&T in 2008. He was a very special man!

  • March 06, 2013
    Buddy and Brenda Locklear says:
    Norma, We are thinking of you and remembering what a wonderful person Walter was. His smile and the conversations with him were always so special. We are unable to be with you but you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love. Buddy and Brenda Locklear

  • March 07, 2013
    Edna Coggins says:
    My Dad passed away in 1973 at a young age and, two years later, Walter came into our lives and filled a huge void when he married my mother. For the past 37 years, he was my mother's devoted husband, my loving stepfather - although he hated the term - and the only grandfather my daughter ever knew. He was a very loving man who made my mother, me, and my daughter feel very special. He definitely had the privilege of enjoying "the golden years", since he retired in 1972, then had the gift of being spoiled for 37 years by my mother, who loved him dearly. Rest in peace, Walter; you were a very special man. Edna