Beverly Dixon Obituary, Death Cause – Beverly “Bev” Manuel Dixon, age 95, passed away to be with the Lord at the Lincoln Center Manor on Thursday morning, May 14, 2009. Over the past two years, he had been experiencing steadily declining health. He was one of Alva and Flavia King Dixon’s six children, and he was born on November 5th, 1913 in Bristol, Indiana. His parents’ names were Flavia King and Alva Dixon. In order to be closer to his family, he moved to Connersville when he was 15 years old.
He went to school up until the point where he dropped out in order to assist his parents on the family farm and to make it possible for his siblings to continue their education. He was a member of the United States Army and participated in the European Theater during World War II. While there, he took part in the Battle of the Bulge. After the conclusion of the war, he was discharged from the military with distinction and went back to Connersville.
He wed Gloria Short, who was from Indianapolis, on the 30th of June in 1952, and the ceremony took place in the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Dixon survives. Bev’s lifetime love and enthusiasm for dancing inspired him to explore his interest in dance by enrolling in classes in Hollywood. During his time in Hollywood, he appeared in a number of films, including one called “Strike Me Pink,” in which he had a dancing role. After some time, he relocated to Texas, where he worked as a dance instructor for a private studio.
After moving back to Connersville, he and his partner Roy Coffman established the C & D Construction Company. Soon after that, Bev and Gloria Dixon opened a dance studio in Connersville under the Dixon name. Bev and Gloria grew their company to the point that at one point they operated as many as 55 different Dixon Dance Studios spread over the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.