Dr. Woody Dixon passed away unexpectedly at home early Tuesday evening, February 22, in the arms of his beloved wife, Mary. Woody was born in Columbia, S.C., on July 27, 1953, to Woodward Rion Dixon, Sr. and Ann Stevenson Dixon. Woody was the oldest son of five siblings: Locke Dixon Barkley, Heath Phillips Dixon, Osmund Bailey Dixon and Julia Dixon Boatwright. He leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Mary Evans Dixon, and his two sons, Woodward Rion Dixon, III (Alyssa) and Preston Soles Dixon.
Woody lived his early years traveling Central America and living in Costa Rica and Mexico with his family who were missionaries. Woody attended the University of South Carolina, as well as Francis Marion College, to study art. His interest in art, homes and decorating led him to establish a wallpaper installation business where he was very successful for many years. Although the business was profitable, he didn’t feel satisfied and became increasingly drawn to medicine. He entered medical school and graduated from the Saint George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Bath, England. In his early 40’s, he returned to the south to practice medicine.
Woody and Mary reconnected and married in 2004. They lived a life surrounded by nature, woods, dogs, horses and gardens at Doodle Dandy Farm. Designing and building their home, traveling, watching old movies, gardening and cooking brought them joy. Woody will be missed by the St. Matthews community, friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Calhoun County Animal Shelter, c/o Cheryl Price, 140 Purple Martin Road, St Matthews, S.C., 29135. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.
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