Dr. Billy Gene Dixon

October 25, 1935 ~ October 4, 2021 (age 85)


Dr. Billy G. Dixon - Educator – Benton, IL

10/25/35 - 10/4/21

Dr. Billy G. Dixon passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, with his wife and children at his side. He was a proud “Pop” of three and Great GrandPop of one. He was also owner and father to his favorite “son”, BJ.

Dr. Dixon graduated with four degrees in the fields of math and education. The final degree earned was a doctorate in 1967 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He then worked for SIU-C from 1958 until his retirement in 2001. His career was devoted to education and the process of teaching students how to teach. He was active in the Association of Teacher Educators, serving as President in 1988-89 and Director of Meetings from 1989-2020.

Bill was also very instrumental in the founding and development of the Benton Community Park District – writing numerous grants to obtain funding for the beautiful park we have in Benton today.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Valerie Potts; and son, Clark (Alicia) Dixon. He was most proud of his grandchildren Bryson (Alexa) Potts, Sydney Potts and Sara Dixon and their many accomplishments. His excitement was evident at the addition of a Great Grandson, Hudson Potts. He is also survived by numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by parents, John and Stella Dixon, and brother, John Robert Dixon.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Benton.

Graveside visitation will be Saturday, October 9, at 9 a.m. with services following at 10 a.m. at the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton.

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October 9, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
October 9, 2021

10:00 AM
Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812


First United Methodist Church
203 West Church Street, Benton IL 62812
Tel: 1-618-435-4642

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