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Bettie Jewel Musgrove Dixon

July 15, 1950 June 27, 2022
Bettie Jewel Musgrove Dixon
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Bettie Jewell (Musgrove) Dixon was born July 15, 1950 in Soso, Mississippi to the late Willis and Christine Musgrove. She was the youngest of two children.

Bettie was a proud graduate of the Oak Park High School Class of 1969 serving as Miss Oak Park High School. Attending public school in Laurel, Mississippi, she was an esteemed honor student at every grade level. She met her husband, Earnest, in the 5th grade at Nora Davis Elementary School. They developed a strong friendship that would remain steadfast for over 50 years. They were married in an intimate ceremony in the pastor’s living room at the parsonage of St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church on August 30, 1969. Little did they know, this union would result in 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a lifetime journey that would span over the course of 52 years.

This Omega Psi Phi Sweetheart attended Jackson State University where she majored in Education. Upon graduation, Bettie taught overseas in the Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA) in Germany, as well as several school districts across the United States. Bettie was extremely influential in the academic and personal lives of countless students. Serving as a Language Arts Educational Interventionist, a Curriculum Writer, and many other roles during her career endeavors she refused to leave any student behind and worked passionately hard to increase their achievement at school and beyond. She also served as the President of the Oak Park Alumni Chapter of Washington, D.C.

Bettie shined as a First Lady of Utica Institute Baptist Church in Utica, Mississippi. She demonstrated exceptional character, manifested in love, joy, peace, gentleness, patience, self control, meekness, and faith. She had a radiant smile and her laughter was simply contagious. Known as “Betty Boop'' to her beloved brother and “Sister” to friends and family, she exemplified what it truly meant to be a lady. There was no end to her generosity towards those she loved. She always saw the best in others, believed in their potential, even when they could not see it for themselves.

Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, the late Willis Musgrove and Christine (Patterson) Musgrove.

She is survived by her husband, Pastor Earnest John Dixon, Sr.; her three daughters, Donna Dixon Hawkins (Cedric Angelo Hawkins), Chauncenia Oglather Jackson (Pastor Charles Jackson, Jr.), Earnessa Christina Dixon; her son, Earnest John Dixon, Jr.; and her beloved brother, John Willis Musgrove. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins to preserve her loving memory.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

2

Jul

12:00 PM 7/2/2022 12:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 7/2/2022 1:30:00 PM
St Elmo Missionary Baptist Church

512 S 6th Ave
Laurel, MS 39440

St Elmo Missionary Baptist Church
512 S 6th Ave Laurel 39440 MS
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

2

Jul

2:00 PM 7/2/2022 2:00:00 PM
St Elmo Missionary Baptist Church

512 S 6th Ave
Laurel, MS 39440

St Elmo Missionary Baptist Church
512 S 6th Ave Laurel 39440 MS
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Nora Davis Cemetery Final Resting Place

361 Eastview Dr
Laurel, MS 39443

361 Eastview Dr Laurel 39443 MS
United States
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