William “Bill” Hixon

Published 6:53 am Saturday, May 30, 2020

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William “Bill” Owen Hixon, age 87, a resident of Banks, died Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 2:30 pm from Brundidge United Methodist Church with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing. Interment will follow in Ramah Cemetery with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 5 pm until 7 pm at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.

He is survived by his daughters: Kim Wise (Layne) of Troy, Beth Collier (John) of Troy; son: Billy Hixon (Laura) of Banks; grandchildren: Tyler Wise (Lacy) of Homewood, Emily Claire Wise of Mountain Brook, Brock Collier of Birmingham, Sam Collier of Troy, Hanna Hixon Jordan (Brandon) of Troy, Ross Hixon (Amy) of Banks, Rush Hixon of Troy; great grandchildren: Knight Wise, Hixon Jordan, and Brooks Hixon.

He is preceded in death by his parents: John Delma Hixon and Annie Brabham Hixon; wife of 60 years: Elizabeth Claire “Betty” Dickinson Hixon; sisters: Mildred Hixon Renfroe – brother-in-law: Max Renfroe, Annette Hixon Salter – brother-in-law: Ed Salter; and brother: Edwards Hixon.

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Mr. Hixon graduated from Pike County High School in 1951. He was one of the first football players at PCHS to be awarded an Athletic Scholarship. He then attended Troy State College, and was a member of the Football and Baseball teams. Mr. Bill – as many knew him – was a 3rd generation farmer of his Alabama Century Farm in Buckhorn Creek. He Served as the past president of the Pike County Cattleman’s Association, and the lifetime director of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association. He was later inducted into the Alabama Cattleman’s Association Hall of Fame, and was also a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation. He also served on the Board of the South Alabama Electric Cooperative. Mr. Hixon also spent time serving in the U.S. Army.