NEW ROADS, La. (BRPROUD) — Cpl. Leon Dixon Sr., World War II veteran and long-time resident of the City of New Roads died at the age of 104 on Dec. 29.

On Jan. 7, a ceremony was held for Dixon Sr. at the William H. Scott Civic Center, where hundreds of people gathered to say their goodbyes.

Dixon Sr., known to many as Mr. Ninnie, was born during World War I in Batchelor, Louisiana on July 27, 1918. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, many things changed for men of color to fight in the military. In May 1942, Dixon was enlisted in the United States Army, where he served three years after being drafted.

According to his niece, Lioen Dixon Brody, one of her favorite things about her uncle was the long talks and storytelling.

“His job was to flash the lights to bring the planes in the night and he did this really well,” said Brody. “He got a medal for it.” He traveled around the world to North Africa, Italy, France then Germany.

After coming home from the war, Dixon Sr. continued to live a fulfilled life. Dixon got married and started his own business called Dixon & Sons Trucking, having the help of nine children.

“The pillar stone that he laid in his community, I would be proud to be a man like he was,” says his son, Roger Dixon. Roger says that his father helped the community in many ways.

Dixon Sr.’s son in law, Louis Powell, a Vietnam veteran says that he was “One hell of a father in law. Couldn’t have asked for a better one. He and his have been for 51 years.”

Public figures who attended the services include State Rep. Jeremy S. La Combe of District 18, New Roads Mayor Theron Smith, New Roads Sheriff René Thibodeaux and a representative of Congressman Troy Carter.

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