Mr. Gene Mixon was a lifelong citizen of Vidalia, advocate for the city and the Vidalia Indians! Gene was an avid golfer in his younger days. Gene lived in every decade of the past 100 years and later in life, and when he was no longer driving, became an expert in noticing if his car had been moved without his permission.
He played football and ran track for Vidalia High School in the 1940s. He later matriculated at Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro. After a couple of years of college, he volunteered for the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
After serving his country, he returned to Georgia Teachers where he met his wife, Martha Evans from Newington, GA. The two were married in June, 1956 after they both graduated from Georgia Teachers College.
Gene and Martha made their home in Dublin, GA where they taught school and coached, and Gene would return to Vidalia and sell automobiles on the weekend. In 1960, after the death of his father, Gene and Martha would move to Vidalia where Gene would begin selling automobiles for a living. Over the years, Gene was involved in various other businesses in Vidalia. Gene was a former city council member and served as Mayor Pro-tem in the early 1970s.
Gene was preceded in death by the love of his life, Martha E. Mixon (1997); his parents, Elmer A. and Ella F. Mixon; his siblings, Edward H. Mixon, Mildred M. Roberts, and Fred C. Mixon.
One of the many blessings in his life is that he is survived by his four children: Sandra C. Sleeper and husband Bill of Princeton, Kentucky, Michael E. Mixon and wife Nancy of Clarkesville, Mitchell A. Mixon and wife Tarrie of Graham, North Carolina, and Matthew E. Mixon and wife Joely of Clarkesville.
Gene is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ashton Martin and husband Scott and Jylian Jones of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Erica Mixon of Clarksville, and Clark Mixon and wife Ashley of Roanoke, Virginia, Alexandria and Zoe Mixon of Graham, North Carolina, and Carly and Matthew Mixon of Clarksville; five great-grandchildren, Ethen, Cohen, Noah, Canaan, and Easton; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service was held Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. in the Pinecrest Cemetery with Bob Dixon officiating and several family members celebrating Gene’s home going.
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