Guyla Vaughan Dixon peacefully entered the presence of her Savior on Friday, October 1, 2021 at her home in Benton, Mississippi surrounded by her family. Guyla was born on July 6, 1932 to Charles Buford Vaughan (Charlie) and Nell (Stubblefield) Vaughan in Yazoo County, Mississippi.
Guyla, “Meme” to those she loved most, is survived by her sons Andy Dixon (Becky) of Greenville and Charlie Dixon of Terry. She also leaves behind her greatest loves, her grandchildren; Drew Dixon (Kathey) of Oxford, Adam Dixon (Ashley) of Senatobia, and Catherine Wilson (Drew) of Batesville. Meme also leaves behind seven precious great grandchildren that she was most proud of: Scottie, Rowen, Hazel, Mary Chapel, Lottie Vaughan, Sam, and Witt. Her sister, Cora Vaughan Nichols (Wis) of Benton, sister-in-law, Ellen Dixon Mosby of Natchez, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who she thought of as family. She was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, DeWitt Andrew Dixon, her parents, and her sister Bettye Johnson.
Guyla attended and graduated from Benton High School in Benton, Mississippi. She attended Mississippi University for Women before transferring to Belhaven University where she received a degree in elementary education. Following college graduation, Guyla married her high school sweetheart, “Deedy” as she lovingly called him, on her twenty-second birthday. They built their life in her family home in Benton where she lived for over 80 years throughout her life. Guyla and DeWitt were married for 61 years. Upon her death, Guyla still held a lifetime certification in elementary education that she used to teach in West Point public schools, Benton public school, and finally Benton Academy in Benton, Mississippi for over thirty years. Her educational legacy impacted many generations and she will be remembered by many as their favorite second grade teacher.
After retirement, Guyla used her time to travel with her husband making many memories. They were able to continue their lifelong love of camping with family and friends. Her grandchildren will always remember her love for Cheetos, fine clothes and jewelry, beautiful flowers, and her inability to tell them ‘no’. She was a lifetime member of Benton United Methodist Church and had most recently begun attending Midway United Methodist Church.
The family would like to send their sincerest thanks to Dixie Roberts, Deedra Woods, April Cantrell, Sandra Ousley, Martha Fowler, and Gladys Jones who were her caretakers in her final days. We would also like to thank Betty Collins for her dedication and friendship over the last several years. With your help, we knew that Meme was taken care of and loved deeply.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Midway United Methodist Church on Highway 433 North in Benton, Mississippi, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 3:00 in the afternoon. Visitation will be at 2:00 prior to the service. A private graveside service will be held at Blackjack Baptist Cemetery in Vaughan, Mississippi preceding the memorial service. Stricklin King Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Midway United Methodist Church or to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Although we are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Meme, we rejoice in knowing she is reunited with her Deedy and that they are busy catching up and planning their next camping trip.