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Dixie Landress, 87, of Calhoun, died Saturday, May 19, 2018. She was born in Killdee Gap (Resaca), Georgia on April 4, 1931; daughter of the late George Oscar “Bud” Landress and Mary Rutledge Landress. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Rembert Landress, and Remell Greeson Fain, and Roy and Frances Goss Landress; her nephew-in-law, Sonny Dutton; her fiancé, Wayne Cook; her adopted daughter, Sheila Cook Jones; and her adopted son, Marc Cook.
Dixie was a generation younger than her brothers, and lived as a baby on Sand Mountain, Alabama. She was raised on farms and country land. She attended school in Resaca and Sugar Valley with her niece “Mick”, before moving to the Mill Village, and then to her home for the next 70 years in Calhoun. She graduated Calhoun High School in 1948.
Having a talented musician father, Dixie always craved fame as a child, singing in church with Mick. Later she played the piano and sang to entertain family and friends. She performed at weddings, funerals, and nursing homes. Dixie was a proud member of the Rocking Chair Band, and enjoyed performing with them. She was also an accomplished poet. Dixie was known for her intelligence and beauty as a young girl. As an adult, she was known for her unique personality and style, including her costume jewelry. She was married briefly to Melvin Coheley. Dixie worked various jobs in her youth, and then in the rug industry at Velvatone Mills and Springs Industries for 50 years until her retirement. After her retirement, she enjoyed many trips with the Gadabouts. Dixie loved not only her family, but she loved her fiancé’, the late Wayne Cook's family as her own. She also loved her extensive Calhoun Church of Christ family, where she was a member for many years.
Dixie is survived by her niece, Mildred “Mick” Landress Dutton of Sonoraville; her nephews, Ray Landress and his wife Mary Lee of Calhoun, and Robert “Bobby” Poston of Cartersville; her great-niece, Terresa Dutton of Sonoraville; great-nephews, Mitchell Landress, Tony Landress, Greg Landress and his wife Candice, and Chad Landress; great-great-nieces and nephews, Dylan Landress, Lacey Landress, Jeremy Landress, Justin Landress, Collin Landress, Kaylee Gibson and her husband Cody, and Kaitlin Landress; her adopted daughter, Brenda Worley, adopted son-in-law, Randy Jones; adopted grandchildren, Sarah Rigdon and her husband Michael, and Tyler Jones and his wife Amanda of Marietta; adopted great-grandchildren, Jason Jones, Callie, and Cayden Rigdon; and many other family members and friends. A special recognition of her friend of 40 years, Tony Russell, String Band expert, of London, England.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the entire staff of Calhoun Morning Pointe Assisted Living for their wonderful patience and care of Dixie for the last 2 ½ years. Also, a thank you to Dr. Naymick, everyone at Gordon Hospital, and Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 23rd from Calhoun Church of Christ at 2:00 p.m. Minister Jon Mitchell and Eddie Brannon will officiate. Burial will follow at Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving are Justin Landress, Mitchell Landress, Kenny Black, and Roger Burnley.
The family will receive friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.