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Thomas Murrell Dix
Born:  June 16, 1880, Winchester TN
Married:   Frances E. Gray November 12, 1902
Died:   February 1, 1929
Buried:  City Cemetery, Decatur AL

Two Children:

Madeline G. (Dix) Reeves, March 4, 1904 - May 3, 2000
Arthur F. Dix, August 23,1906 - October 13, 1932

[In the same cemetery in Decatur, are the stones for Thomas Murrell Dix, his wife Frances Gray, his son Arthur Franklin Dix, as of March 1997 when I visited.  Now, his daughter Madeline is buried there also, I believe. Ed Sproles Jr.]

L-R  Paul Finch Dix, Thomas Murrell "Murrie" Dix, Nellie (Beach) Dix, Philo Castle Dix, and Alexander "Allie" Franklin Dix Jr.
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman


Photo Submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
We think that's Murrie on the right
 


Photo Submitted by Ed Sproles
Thomas Murrell Dix
 


Photo Submitted by Ed Sproles
Thomas Murrell Dix
 


Photo Submitted by Ed Sproles
Thomas Murrell Dix






Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles wrote on July 22, 1994:

Madeline Dix Reeves just phoned me from Decatur and told me that years ago, when they took Aunt Dimple to Pine Grove from Montgomery, she told Madeline that since she had married a Baptist preacher, she wanted her to have Grandfather Dix’s library.

Madeline said her husband, W. P. Reeves, used the books and she had had them all these years.  She just wanted me to know she had given them to the (Baptist) Samford University in Birmingham Alabama and are now being evaluated.  Of course they are very old and she has been told one book had already been valued for $100.00.


Photo Submitted by Ed Sproles
Madeline Gray Dix age 6.5 months


Photo Submitted by Ed Sproles
Madeline and Arthur Dix
 


Photo submitted by Ed Sproles Jr.

This is a scan of a photo taken in front of the 'new' high school in Decatur, AL, probably in late 20's or early 30's, well definitely before Oct 1932 when Arthur died.  Front row:  Mary Vernon, Nell, Frances Hendrick (Frank's wife or future wife, depending on the date); Middle:   Madeline Dix; Rear:  Arthur Dix, Mary Vernon Nix Dix, Frank Dix


Madeline Dix, July 1920
Madeline is 16 years old
 


 
The following obituaries were found by Martha Whigham Picardy in the Alabama State Archives "Clippings" microfilm.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the same cemetery in Decatur, are the stones for Thomas Murrell Dix, his wife Frances Gray, his son Arthur Franklin Dix, as of March 1997 when I visited.  Now, his daughter Madeline is buried there also, I believe. Ed Sproles Jr.

 
 
Ed Sproles Jr. has the actual newspaper clipping.  Transcribed here by Russell Dix Whigham, May 18, 2003.

THE DECATUR DAILY, Sunday morning, March 20,1994

Friends honor Baptist leader

Madeline Dix Reeves, longtime resident of Decatur and an outstanding Baptist leader, recently was honored on her 90th
birthday with a reception at First Baptist Church Members of her Faithful Class and friends --of whom she has hundreds - hosted the reception, at First Baptist's Fellowship Hall. Beautiful Madeline was the center of attention, with her stepson and family, former Sunday school pupils, friends from Judson College, the Women's Missionary Union and many more visiting to congratulate and honor her. 

According to a biography put together by Allie Butler, Mrs. Reeves was born in Montgomery in 1904 and moved with her father, T.M. Dix, and family in 1906. After attending Judson College, Mrs. Reeves married the Rev. Dr. W.P. Reeves. Their ministry and her leadership role took them to churches at Sheffield, Tuskegee and Lanett.   Mrs. Reeves devoted herself to teaching Sunday school, leading the Women's Missionary Union work. She served as state president of The WMU from 1947 to 1952. 
Later, she traveled around the world to visit Baptist missionaries in tile field and spent time with them at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina. 

"She served on Judson' board of trustees for many years, influencing a number of young women in their choice of colleges and continuing as their mentor as they established their homes and careers," writes Mrs. Butler.

In recognition of her many contributions to Baptist work, Mrs. Reeves was one of two pastors' wives featured at the yearly meeting of the Alabama Baptist Historical Society in November. 

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Madeline Dix Reeves
honored on 90th birthday

Chris Doss prepared her tribute.

The recent reception was another chance for her friends to tell her how much they "love and appreciate her," as hostess Mary Blizzard put it.

Others hosting were Sunday school members Mary Draper, Evelyn Cole, Thelma Teachenor, Jo Castleberry, Margaret McCulloch, Wilma Leeman, Bess Newsom, Joann Whitley, Katherine Offord, Virginia Camp, Helen Cartwright, Betty Burt, Mary Roberson, Hester Streeter, Emma Gray, Annie B. Short, Gladys Lee, Evelyn Earwood, Thelma McMurtrie, Tillie Edwards, Virginia Watkins, Corrine Bryant, Doris Wear, Margaret Earl Fite, Helen Jeters, Geraldine Aycock, Betty Jones, Maxine Fiel, Edna Earl Wallace, Ann Johnson and teacher Dewey Lynch.

Friends helping with hosting duties were Mary Hicks, June Odom, Louise McClure, Marlon Davis, Sarah Morris, Clara Free and Ruth Brittenham. 

Special guests were her stepson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Reeves Jr. of Birmingham and her cousin, Nell Wade of Jackson, Miss. Other out-of-town guests from Binningham were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hurlbert, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fisher and Lane, Christina Elliott, Lavenia Neal, Margaret Bruce, the Rev. and Mrs. TItus Aldridge and Doris Devault.

From Sheffield came Hildreth Johnson, Jean Duke, Mrs. Marshall Newman, Mary Agnes Black and Imogene Welbourn. 
Others from out of town were Virginia Cox of Tuscumbia, Sue Dean of Muscle Shoals, Mr. and  Mrs. Bradley Smith of Huntsville, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Pressley of  Rogersville, Mr. and Mrs. John Lobsiger of Fairhope, Sarah Hale of 
Camden, Tenn., and Maxine Troutner of Centerville, Tenn..