April 7, 1933 ~ December 12, 2018

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

The life of Deacon Leonard Thomas Dixon, Jr. began when he blessed his parents, Leonard Thomas Dixon, Sr. and Jewel Smith Dixon with his birth on April 7, 1933, in Denver, Colorado. He was the second child born in the family.  He was raised surrounded by his brothers, Vernon, Benjamin II, Michael, Tony, and his sisters, DeVonne, Ruth, Jewel, Cheryl, Patricia, and Sandraleen.  He started working at ten years old, as an apprentice for Joe Vickers at Joe’s Shoe Repair.  He was always athletic.  He loved playing sports and was a member of the school football team and track team without his mother’s permission.

 Leonard received his formal education in Denver, where he graduated from Manual High School.  He furthered his education by attending Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.  He was able to attend by obtaining a full scholarship for his skills in track and field.  

 On March 23, 1953, Leonard was drafted into the United States Army.  While serving his country, he was stationed at Fort Lewis Washington.  He earned a National Defense Service Medal.  He served with honor and distinction and was honorably discharged at the rank of a Corporal.

 Leonard married Earlene Hancock in Denver, Colorado.  To this union, a daughter, Lisa was born. This marriage was later dissolved.   On July 15, 1968, he wed the former Lernlene Brown, with this union, he became the father of Dwight and Columbus also to this union Nicolette was born. 

 He was a loving and devoted husband and father.  He often told them about the “Goodness of the Lord.”  He loved Hershey Bars and he also loved his wife’s cooking especially her “Chili” and wouldn’t share it with anyone.  He was later blessed with six grandchildren, Teisha Jevon, Ashley, Christopher, Nathaniel, and Rahmon who all were an additional source of joy and pride in his life. 

 By profession, Leonard was a professional Shoe Repair Man or Cobbler.  He was the sole proprietor of his own shop in the historic Five Points of Denver.  His shop was a welcomed stop for many in the community to refuel their souls; while he repaired their soles. He loved being able to minister to many of his patrons. He was featured in a news article posted in the Denver Weekly News entitled “Shoe Repairman Began Early” which chronicled him starting shoe repair at the age of ten and continuing for sixty-five years.

 A man of faith and belief in the Lord, Leonard has been a member of Central Baptist Church for over fifty years.  He served his church and the Lord as a member of the Male Chorus; Central Baptist Choir and he was an Ordained Deacon.  He loved the fellowship shared with his church family, he truly believed that everyone needed to have a relationship with the Lord and he loved praising the Lord in song.

 Deacon Dixon was a fun-loving man who enjoyed life and those he encircled.  He was an avid sports enthusiast and loved following the Denver Broncos.  His closest friends, Steve Carter, Deacon Purcel, and Deacon Bush will miss the camaraderie’s they all shared together and the fact that he was a true and trusted friend. They will miss his love of God, his golden voice, his faithfulness, and his generosity.  To know Deacon Dixon was to love him.

 Deacon Leonard Thomas Dixon, Jr. departed this life to the embrace of the Lord on December 12, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.  Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his loving and devoted wife, Evangelist Lernlene Dixon, 2 daughters, Lisa Dixon, and Nicolette Dixon; 1 son, Dwight Robinson all of Denver, Colorado; 2 brothers, Benjamin (Bennette) Rowlette of Aurora and Michael Rowlette of Parker; 3 sisters, Patricia Holliday, Cheryl Rowelette, and Jewel Spikes all of Denver; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Services

Visitation: December 20, 2018 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: December 21, 2018 12:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
2400 California Street
Denver, CO 80205


Reception: December 21, 2018 4:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
2400 California Street
Denver, CO 80205


Room: Fellowship Hall - Following the Interment

Interment: December 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235


Room: Staging Area A

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  1. Lurlene & Nicolette, I’m so sorry for your loss. ” Dixon” aka “Bruiser” & Daddy were best friends/ brothers for 50+ yrs. May the Lord’s hands of compassion and love give you strength during this time of sorrow. Know that God’s arms and mine are wrapped around you ever so tightly… Love / Prayers. Dee

  2. My deepest sympathy to the Dixon Family. Your hearts must be heavy of losing Leonard. He lived a good life, hard worker. What do with that void in our lives. Your family will find hope that Leonard will be resurrected, according what the bible said at Revelation 21:4 “And he (Jehovah God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Knowing that Leonard is in Jehovah God memory.

  3. Leonard, was a kind person who never greeted you with less than a wonderful smile, and a joyful hello., he will be missed, Rest In Peace.

  4. Leonard was a very nice man. He loved to sing. The late Gene Patterson and he had some great times together. Now they both have gone to be with the Lord. Rest in peace and tell Geno I miss him everyday.

  5. My deepest sympathy and my condolences for the loss of Mr. Dixon. He is a good man and now he gets to be in that Heavenly Choir.
    You guys are in my prayers and just know that GOD is with you and is comforting you.

  6. I’m sending my sincere condolences to the Dixon family and friends. This is one of life’s greatest challenges that we have to face. Jesus said, did, and promised something that gives us comfort and hope. In the Bible at John 11:11-14, Jesus likened death to sleep. This comfort us in two ways: 1) we are assured by those words that our loved ones are not suffering or in pain. 2) If a person is just sleeping, he will wake up! Notice what Jesus does next at John 11:43-44, this is amazing! Jesus promised us something similar at John 5:28-28, what a beautiful hope we have! If you would like to know more details about this, please download a free copy of the brochure Good News from God @ Jw.org and read lesson 6 along with the Bible.

  7. TO THE DIXON FAMILY,
    I ASKING GOD’S COMFORTER AND BLESSINGS ON YOU DURING THIS TIME. MY FATHER JIM WATTLEY, MY UNCLE OSCAR WATTLEY, AND MR DIXON WERE A SET. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS TIME.

    LOIS WATTLEY

  8. I remember Mr. Dixon as a child when my father and I would drive from west Denver to the points to have heel plates put on new shoes. As I grew older we moved to the Five Points area during the early 70’s. Still taking our shoes to Mr. Dixon, he was always kind and would greet you with a smile. My condolences to the Dixon family. May God continue to bless and comfort you during this difficult time.

    The Hawkins Family, Denver CO

  9. To my long time friend that has gone from Labor to Reward. My condolence goes out to the family. May God comfort you at this time of the loss of your love one. My prayers are with the family and I will truly miss my friend.

  10. To Nicolette and the Dixon Family. May God give you strength now and always as you all gather as one to Honor Mr. Dixon. Praying that God’s Heavenly Angels are with you now and always. Praying for Strength.

    Alison Steel and Family

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