The City of Laurens honored the legacy of one of her most respected native sons, Lt. Col. Albert King Dixon II, USMC (retired) on Friday afternoon.
Mayor Nathan Senn issued a proclamation which recognizes the day as “King Dixon Day” in the City of Laurens, the second time this honor has been bestowed upon him by the citizens of Laurens. The first such proclamation occurred in 1954.
On Friday afternoon, Dixon’s funeral service took place at First Presbyterian Church of Laurens. Due to public health concerns, in-person attendance at this service was limited to members of the Dixon family. The service was live-streamed for those that wanted to take part remotely.
Due to the large number of people that wished to participate in showing their gratitude for the life and service of Dixon, in lieu of in-personal attendance at the funeral service, members of the public lined both sides of Main Street from First Presbyterian Church to the intersection of West Main Street and South Harper Street to pay their final respects as the funeral cortege passed on its way to Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Individuals were encouraged to bring flags which are representative of the service of Dixon’s life, e.g. the American flag, SC flag, Marine flag, and flags representing Laurens High School and the University of South Carolina.
Accompanying the funeral cortege from First Presbyterian Church to Forest Lawn Cemetery was an honor escort of the City of Laurens Police Department. The interment at the cemetery, where Dixon will be laid to rest with full military honors, was also reserved for members of the Dixon family.
"The City of Laurens, Laurens County, and the State of South Carolina owe a debt of gratitude to King Dixon for his lifetime of contributions," said Mayor Nathan Senn. "It is our honor to show his family, and especially his dear wife Augusta, the appreciation we have for his life and service."