Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven like a bridge beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, Look, God's home is now among his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Revelation 21: 1-4
Coach Kenneth Dixon, a native of Bunkie, Louisiana and a resident of Houma, Louisiana was born on October 19,1950 to his parents, Frank and Roma Jean Stevenson Dixon (Baker). He was born in Pineville, Louisiana at Huey P. Long Hospital.
Coach Dixon's early childhood was shaped in Bunkie, Louisiana. Those responsible for his development included his mother, grandmother, Mary(Nanny) and aunt, Juanita (Nee-Nee). Bunkie was a small community of parents demonstrating "It takes a village to raise a child)." Coach Dixon felt the loved and safe in that community.
Coach Dixon was baptized into the family of Jesus Christ at an early age at Amazon Baptist Church. In later years of his life he converted to Catholicism. At the time of his departure he was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Houma where he served as an Usher. He was a member of the Knights of Saint Peter Claver.
Coach Dixon attended and graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Bunkie, Louisiana. He proved to be an average student. He was always a quiet child. He kept his emotions and thoughts to himself. His 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Lula Holts Wilson (Walton) is credited with bringing him our of his shell. In high school, Kenneth was a "Star" basketball player. Kenneth was so determined in his basketball play that when his shoulder would slip out of joint, Coach Fuller would "pop" it back in and Kenneth would go right back into the game.
Coach Dixon graduated high school in May of 1968. He was awarded a scholarship to Southern University. Through hard work, perseverance, and motherly encouragement, Kenneth graduated from Southern with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1974. Areas of concentration were General Science, Health, Physical and Safety Education. His first teaching job was at Bunkie High School. He worked there for one year and then moved his family to Houston, Texas. For the next 16 years he continued to teach and coach boys and girls basketball.
Coach Dixon married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Leggette Dixon. They have been married for 48 years. To this union three sons were born; Katrell Darvis, Kendrick Desmond, and Dr. Karderro Dominique. Kenneth strived to be a better father to his children that what he had experienced in his own life. He presented with a model of love, devotion, focus, and hard work. He often said he had a" Daddy complex" because even as adult men he still referred to them as "his babies." There is nothing he would not do for them.
Coach Dixon began his coaching career at Ellender Memorial High School in 1992. He was the girls Basketball Coach. He would say that girls was easier than boys because the girls would keep their grades up and take care of business. Coaching was his passion. He never tired of it. Kenneth took a real interest in his players guiding som to scholarships in Junior Colleges and Division I schools (+30). He planted seeds, fed and watered them with tough love, and watched them grow. Thinking he was ready to let go Coach Dixon retired in 2014. At that time he was the most successful and longest tenured coach in the Tri-Parish area. One year later in 2015, he was again teaching and coaching at Ellender.
Coach Dixon leaves an impressive and accomplished legacy at Ellender Memorial High School. During his tenure, there were 5 state championships-1999, 2000, 2003. 2007, and 2017; 2 state runner-up titles-2001 and 2008; and 11 state tournament appearances. In March of 1999, Louisiana Sports Writers Association presented him with Class 4A Coach of he Year recognition. He had a 724-258 career record, which included 29 season at Ellender and 16 years in Texas.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 reads, "For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. Coach Dixon's transition from earthly life to heavenly rest began on February 18, 2021 as he prepared for the 1st round of stated playoffs (doing what he loved". On February 18th he went to sleep and on March 1st, he woke up in the presence of Father God and the Son, Jesus Christ, surrounded by the perfect love of all the saints.
Coach Dixon was preceded in death by his mother, Roma Jean Stevenson Dixon Baker (stepfather Tom) of Bunkie/Baton Rouge, father, Frank Dixon of Houston, Texas and father and mother-in-law, Augustus and Audrey Pitre Brown of Houma. On his maternal family side; Uncles and their spouses Mitchell (Lucille), Irvin (Ester Mae), Earnest (Rose), Willie J (Mattie B), Cread, Joe Louis, Lawerence and Johns Stevenson. His aunts, Juanita Chambers (Herbert Sr. ) and Onzell Stevenson.
We thank God for the life and legacy of Coach Kenneth Dixon.
Funeral Services were held at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Houma, Louisiana on March 13, 2021. Interment in Amazon Baptist Church Cemetery in Bunkie Louisiana.
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