James D. Dixon III

September 14, 2022

James D. Dixon III was born December 9, 1950 in Duncan, OK to James and Patsy Joy Dixon. He passed from this life on September 11, 2022 in OKC at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 2 days. Jimmy grew up in Marlow, OK with his parents and 3 younger brothers, David, John Bob, and Jody. As you can imagine, there was never a dull moment around their house. Jimmy spent much of his time playing football and basketball and hanging out with the love of his life, Mary Alice Underwood. He graduated from Marlow High School in 1969. After high school he accepted a scholarship to play football and attend Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. After the first trimester he decided to move back home to be closer to his family and Mary Alice. He transferred to Cameron University where he completed his degree in Education. Jimmy and Mary Alice were married July 16, 1971 in Marlow. The couple lived in Marlow for a short time before accepting a job as Assistant Coach in Sulphur under Coach Carl Melson in 1973. That’s when they started their new lives as Sulphur Bulldogs. After only 2 years as Assistant Coach, he was offered the head coach position in 1975, the position he held for 48 years. Coach Dixon led the Bulldogs to 2 state championships in 2002 and 2004. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association Powerlifting Hall of Fame earlier this year. He has racked up 348 wins in his career, but was quick to award all the wins to his assistant coaches and players while shouldering all the loses himself. More important than any award, win, or accolade is his love for Jesus Christ and the example his life has been to so many. Jimmy loved the Lord. He loved his wife, Mary Alice, his kids, Amy and Dawson, and Reggie and Kim, and his grandkids, Abby, Ally, Acer, Ayler, and Drake. He loved coaching football, he loved to walk, and he loved to eat. He loved his friends, coaches, and players, both past and present. He will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on forever!

Services will be Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 10:00AM at Crossway Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Leveridge officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery

The family request that those attending dress casual in Sulphur School Colors.

In lieu of flowers and food, donations may be made to Coach Dixon Scholarship Fund at BancFirst in Sulphur.

Arrangements by DeArman Funeral Home of Sulphur.

Online condolences may be made to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com



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