By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal
Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Little-River Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon’s death.
Dixon had only served as Chief for a month before being gunned down outside a home while responding to a report of a man with a gun. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
But his death is not the legacy his family remembers. Instead, they focus on the loving life he lead when he was still full of life.
“I want people to understand Lee and how much he loved his family,” said Dee-Dee Dixon-Gibbs, Dixon’s sister. “He was just amazing, and I still miss him so much.”
In honor of the one-year anniversary, Dixon-Gibbs shared her fondest memories of her brother with The Belton Journal.
“He was very protective of me because I was the baby and the only girl,” Dixon-Gibbs said. “Lee was always the caretaker. He was so much older than us.”
Dixon had two younger siblings: a brother, James, and a sister, Dee-Dee. As the oldest of three children, Dixon learned at an early age how to be resourceful.
“When I was about five, I had a little yellow parakeet that my parents had given me. Her name was Paulie,” Gibbs said. “She had gotten out of her cage, and we were trying to catch her. She was flying all through the house, and I was so scared she was going to get out through the door. Lee got the idea that he could catch her with a net, but we didn’t have a net, so he used his tennis racket. It didn’t kill her, but I just remember him swinging it, and I guess he clipped her because she fell to the ground and we caught her. I just remember my brother James saying, ‘Home run!’ Here’s this bird flying around, and Lee hits it with a tennis racket, and I’m over here crying thinking that he killed my bird. Now that I think about it, it was hilarious.”
His innovation and protective nature are also what drew him to law enforcement.
“He watched the movie ‘Lone Wolf McQuade’ where Chuck Norris was a Texas Ranger, and he was hooked from then on,” Dixon-Gibbs said. “He loved his job, and he died doing what he loved.”
But, always, he loved his family most of all. That’s why he went home to visit his dad on Father’s Day 2014, just days before his death.
“Lee always shook Daddy’s hand, and he always hugged Mama and me and told us how much he loved us,” Dixon-Gibbs said. “I don’t want to say it was as if he had a premonition, but he turned around as he was getting ready to leave, and he grabbed Daddy and hugged him and said, ‘I love you, Dad.’ It was like he was saying goodbye.”