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Jo Ann Morgan Dixon

Jo Ann Morgan Dixon passed away in her home with her family by her side in Clinton on June 6, 2021.
Jo Ann was born January 11, 1940, in Grenada, MS. She is survived by husband James Arthur Dixon, son Eddie James Dixon (Melanie), daughter Libby Dixon McLain (Rod), and daughter Jenifer Dixon Ammons (Jay). She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Morgan and Libby’s late husband, Johnny Linnell. Jo Ann is also survived by grandchildren Mason Dixon (Laura), Calaeb Linnell (Shelbi), Morgan Dixon Lyon (Carson), Hunter Linnell, Hannah Linnell Sanchagrin (Blake), Warren Ellis and Weston Ammons (Jay); great grandchildren John Calaeb Linnell Jr., Lane Sanchagrin, Margaret Dixon, John Abel Sanchagrin, and Mary Mason Dixon. She is also survived by her brothers Norbert Morgan (Shelby) and Don Morgan (Brenda), and many other nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mrs. Dixon will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 9:30am to 11:00am at Wright and Ferguson in Clinton with Service following at 11:00am. Burial will be at the Clinton Cemetery.
Jo Ann met the love of her life across the street from her childhood home in Elliott, MS, at the Elliott Skating Rink, also known as the hottest teenage hangout in Grenada County. James had his eye on her for quite some time and the shy Jo Ann soon fell head over hills and said “I do” to the love of her life when she was only a high school senior.
Jo Ann decided in the late 70s to take up a new hobby for her “travel fund” and began taking painting lessons in Clinton from an art supply store two local friends opened called “Paint-n-Pals”. She soon mastered the art of oil-painting and that is when her love for art really took off and she began in 1978 having a permanent booth at the Canton Flea Market selling her artwork. Over the years her art evolved into new trends and she began painting her oils on antique metal findings. This allowed her to travel more so she and James could go “junkin” at antique shops in the mountains and roadside flea markets giving her a great excuse to vacation in the mountains where she could use her travel money from her art sales to find more unique items to paint on such as old saws, tea kettles, oil and gas cans and vintage kitchen pots and pans. Her next-door neighbor, Mary Hudson, was also a local artist, and Mary taught group classes in her home and introduced her to a new type of painting called “tole painting” in the 1980s. She started painting with this new trend on her findings, and James started making furniture that she also painted on sometimes. Together they spent so many countless hours painting, varnishing, and woodcutting, sanding late into the night always getting ready for her next big show. When the painting started getting a little boring and she felt she needed to spice things up a bit with a new trend, she started sewing dolls and making them look vintage as if they had been in the attic for years. Jo Ann always kept up with the latest hobby trends and it always reflected in her show sales when her customers would line up at 5:30am with flashlights to start buying. When she wasn’t painting, she loved spending time collecting Boyd Bear Collectibles and Mississippi art like Peter’s and McCarty pottery, Walter Anderson and Wyatt Waters art.
In addition to being an artist, traveler, bargain shopper, huge Elvis fan and housewife, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them as much as she could. She spent many hours at the soccer fields years ago, but in most recent years until she became ill, you could find her and James coordinating the weekends between different baseball fields between two different grandsons. Jo Ann loved watching all her grandchildren play sports, and it brought her so much joy to get up on a Saturday morning with James, their ball chairs and concession stand money in tow, to go cheer them on. She loved her yorkies and spoiling them rotten. Her only dog now was her sweet miniature yorkie Molly that she and James rarely spent any time away from.
She loved to have James treat her to a night out each week. Friday night was her “off” night when her kitchen was officially “closed”, she would say. Any other day she in the kitchen. She was an amazing cook always cooking up homemade vegetables and family recipes of the best cakes and candy. Nothing brought her more joy than to have her entire family in her kitchen at the same time eating together.
Jo Ann was always known as a “giver”. She always told her children it was better to give than to receive. Giving to others brought her joy. She was always out shopping for a friend’s birthday for their next lunch date or finding birthday gifts for her children, grands or great-grands. Christmas was her favorite time of year, which she always started shopping for early since her family had grown so big. Her favorite memories were always at Christmas with her family. Christmas at Jo Ann’s house was like no other. You could always find homemade fudge, pralines and her friend’s famous recipe of cookies called “billy goat cookies” at her house during the holidays. Her home was decorated all over and her Christmas tree would be surrounded with so many gifts under the tree. As her family grew, the gifts grew and her living room would be filled with so many gifts. She could not wait to see the eyes and faces light up when her children and all of her grands would see what she picked out for them from she and James. Although she loved to give at Christmas, she always taught her children and grand-children that Christmas was the day our Savior was born and he was the reason we were all able to celebrate together. Jo Ann loved her Lord Jesus Christ and loved her church. Until she became sick over the past few years, she attended Sunday school and church with her many friends at First Baptist Church Clinton. They joined FBC Clinton when they moved here in 1973. Her closest friends were from her church that she and James spend so many Friday nights with going out to eat and laughing with each other and enjoying the company of each other.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jo Ann’s honor to:
FBC Clinton. 100 College St. Clinton, MS 39056.


Jo Ann Morgan Dixon
January 11, 1940 - June 6, 2021





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