Doris Culbreth Dixon

March 13, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Doris Culbreth Dixon passed peacefully into her eternal life on March 13, 2022. Born on December 6, 1921, she celebrated her hundredth birthday last December. Doris was born in Shelby, NC, to Essie Allen and Fred Pearson Culbreth. She was the oldest of four children and called Charlotte home after her family moved to Charlotte in 1930. Doris graduated from Harding High School in 1940 and entered the business training program at Queen’s College (University) from which she graduated in 1941. As World War II broke out, she was employed as a civilian at the Third Air Force Base located at Morris Field. It was there that Doris met her husband, Karl Francis Dixon. They were married on July 17, 1943. After the war ended, Doris was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank, leaving three years later to start a family.

Doris was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker with a positive and optimistic spirit. The love of her Lord was the center of her life which made St. Mark’s Lutheran Church the center of her family. She served the church in many areas including the Altar Guild. Doris enjoyed church circles, supper clubs, bridge clubs, music and early morning walks with neighbors. She was an avid reader of cookbooks and enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Doris used her creative gifts as she sewed, knitted, and later in life painted with oils and watercolors and made jewelry. She enjoyed writing stories with some being published in the “Plantation Estates Journal”.

A special surprise in her life was when she won a boat on a game show in 1959. From there on her love of boating with her family and eventually owning a house on Lake Wylie gave her great joy in entertaining and relaxing at the lake. She and her husband called it “Their Happy Place”.

Doris was predeceased by her parents, her husband of sixty-two years Karl Francis Dixon, her sister Betty Cline Barnwell, her brother Fred Pearson Culbreth, Jr. and nephew, Joseph Griffith Cline. Those left to miss her are her daughter Doris Ann Dixon Reavis and husband Dr. Mack Reavis, her son Karl Francis Dixon, Jr. and wife Marcia Dixon, her grandchildren Jonathan McLean Reavis, Kristen Reavis Patel and husband Dr. Chetan Patel, Patrick Brennan Reavis and wife Tiffany Reavis, Kimberly Dixon Rose and husband Matthew Rose, and Phillip Gardner Dixon. There are seven great-grandchildren including Ansen and Eli Patel; Vera, Ava, Brenna and Cora Reavis; and Jason Rose. Also missing her are sister-in-law Ann Culbreth, brother and sister-in-law Joe and Diana Culbreth, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Matthews Glen, 740 Pavilion View Drive, Matthews, NC, 28105. Special gratitude is sent to the staff at Willowbrook Court at Matthews Glen and two special companions Sheryl Butler and Priscilla Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts made to the following organizations would be appreciated: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28207; Metrolina Association for the Blind, 704 Louise Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28204; or Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC, 28247.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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    Doris was a beautiful light in the lives of those who knew her and loved her. It was a joy to being her communion for the past 5 years. Our friendship meant the world to both of us. I am proud to have known her and will miss her presence very much.

  • Ann Culbreth

    Doris was my wonderful Sister-In-Law welcoming me into the family with her Love and Kindness! Her life was filled with Happy Times with family, friends, church life and every day was an adventure for her.

    Now she is once again with her family in their Heavenly Home and what a Celebration for All! REJOICE for she is at PEACE
    and we are filled with wonderful memories.

    Blessings to all the Family,

  • Priscilla Martin

    What a woman,

    I enjoyed every moment I spent with her, her kindness is very rare these days.

    Thank you God for allowing our paths cross, Amen

  • Ann Sanger

    No matter how frail Doris was, she was still your Mom. You will go through the stages of grief. Don’t be ashamed to cry for the loss of your Mother. Take time to mourn and remember your good times together. When you are ready, you can rejoice that Doris is with Jesus or she will be happy and whole. God bless you and your family. Ann Sanger

  • Martha Wall

    Doris was a true light in this world. I only met her a few times, but have never forgotten her infectious smile. You just felt instantly happier in her presence. She gave her family the gift of love. I know they will have many, many wonderful memories that will keep her alive in their lives❤️

  • Brenda Thigpen

    My memories of Ms Dixon are when she came for visits to see her daughter in Lakeland . She was such a happy, uplifting person. I liked her right away . Always with a beautiful smile. I know she has left her loved ones with the most precious, happy memories. Prayers to all the family . We will be celebrating her life with you from afar.