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Percy Blackett Dixon, PGM 1919-1921

Percy Blackett Dixon, PGM 1919-1921

“Percy Blackett Dixon was born on November 30, 1862 at Canton Bend, near Rock West Baptist Church in Wilcox County, Alabama; the second son of Joseph B. and Sarah Milling (Bones) Dixon. Shortly after the Civil War he removed with his parents to London, England, where he was reared and educated, returning to this country in 1882, and going to Mobile, Alabama, where he resided until his death at 10:45 p.m., April 22, 1926, at his home 155 North Conception Street.

He engaged in the business of Funeral Director and was in that business since settling in Mobile. Twenty-two years ago he had the honor of being elected President of the National Funeral Directors Association of the United States and held several positions in the same thereafter. He was the originator of the law in Alabama regulating embalming, and for twenty-seven consecutive years was President of the State Board of Embalming and was a member of the Board at the time of his death. He was the senior member of the firm of Dixon & McKay, established and well-known in this state.

Brother Dixon was survived by his widow, nee Miss Alice Douglas Redwood; one son, Percy B., Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Marie G. Lingo; one brother, Herbert Dixon; four sisters, Mrs. H.J. Healen, Mrs. J. P. Wilbanks, Mrs. Herbert Cunningham, and Miss Cecile Redwood Dixon.

Percy B. Dixon was initiated in Mobile Lodge No. 40, of Mobile, Alabama, on February 19, 1894, passed March 5, 1894, and raised March 19, 1894. He served this Lodge as Master during the years 1899 and 1900, and was a life member of same.

He received the Capitular degree in Mobile Chapter No.21, of Mobile, Alabama, as follows: Mark Master, March 25, 1895; Past Master, March 28, 1895; Most Excellent Master March 28, 1895; Royal Arch, April 4, 1895. He served this Chapter as High Priest during the year 1918 and was life member of same.

He received the Order of High Priesthood on December 2, 1919. He received the Cryptic degrees in Mobile Council No. 12, on May 26, 1904. He received the Order of Red Cross in Mobile Commandery No. 2 of Mobile, Alabama, on April 8. 1897, and the Orders of the Temple and Malta on April 16, 1897. He served this Commandery as Eminent Commander during the year 1897, and was a Life Member.
He received the degree of the A.A.O.M.S. in Zamora Temple, of Birmingham, Alabama, and demitting there-from to become a Charter Member of Abba Temple of Mobile, Alabama. He received the 32nd degree of the A.A. Scottish Rite in Alabama Consistory No. 1 of Birmingham, Alabama on April 22, 1903, and demitted there-from to become a Charter Member of Mobile Consistory of Mobile, Alabama, and was a Life Member of that body, and was the Master of Kadosh for several years from its organization.

In the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Alabama, he served as a member of the Committee on Finance from 1897 to 1913. On December 3, 1913, he was elected Junior Grand Warden, was successively advanced, and on December 4, 1919, was elected Grand Master, being re-elected on December 2, 1920.” (The Grand Lodge of Alabama of F. & A.M. 1926 Proceedings)

[Grand Masters of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons The State of Alabama 1821-2008 by Donna R. Causey]