JAMES D. DIXON, III
James D. Dixon, Owner and Licensed Funeral Director, Dixon Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services, Indianapolis, IN passed away tragically and unexpectedly on August 6, 2022.
James was a veteran of US Army, E6; and graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, AA Mortuary Sciences.
James was a member of: Indiana Select Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc. (ISFMA), National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFD&MA), Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Indiana, 100 Black Men, Indianapolis Great Banquet, American Legion Post #249, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
James was born in Indianapolis, IN but spent his formative years in St. Louis, MO when his father, the late Rev. Dr. James D. Dixon, II, moved the family to pursue his career in education. After graduating from high school, James III, enlisted in the US Army, where he acquired the rank of sergeant and served during the Gulf War as a drill sergeant. After his honorable discharge, James worked as a DJ, while going to community college to pursue his real passion as a mortician/funeral director. James moved to Chicago, IL to devote himself full-time to his mortuary studies and graduated with distinction from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He has worked over 30 years with various St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, and Indianapolis-area funeral homes, including: Boatright, Crown Hill, Flanner Buchannan, Williams & Bluitt and many others.
In 2016, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and now serves as the owner and operator of Dixon Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services. On Friday, October 22, 2021, another milestone was achieved as he closed on a new location: 3325 Lowry Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46222, with the intent of expanding services with a larger facility to better serve our community.
Services for James D. Dixon, III are as follows:
Visitation: 10am-7pm, Thursday, August 18, 2022 @ Dixon Memorial Chapel (Eagledale), 3325 Lowry Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Additional Visitation: 9-11am, Friday, August 19, 2022 @ Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (1301 N Goodlet Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46222)
Funeral Services will immediately follow Friday's visitation, at the church, beginning at 11am
Burial with Military Honors will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN
Services have been entrusted to Dixon Memorial and Cremation Services.
Condolences may be sent to Dixon Memorial Chapel, 3325 Lowry Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222.
STANLEY R. MAY, ISFD&MA TREASURER & FOUNDING MEMBER
Stanley Ross May, 63, visionary, entrepreneur, and community leader of Anderson, IN, transitioned to his heavenly home on June 11, 2021, following an extended illness. He was born in Anderson, IN to L. C. and Katherine May. Stanley graduated from Madison Heights H.S. Anderson, IN in 1977.
After graduation he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Indiana State University and pledged Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He then moved to Hartford, Connecticut to work for United Technologies and Boeing Corporation. During this time, he also worked for Fuqua Funeral Home.
In the early 90’s, Stanley worked for Delco Remy Division of General Motors as a production supervisor and purchasing engineer with assignments that included Mexico. Later he accepted a position at Delphi Division, GM in Kokomo, IN.
Based on his experience in Hartford Stanley felt a passion to join his father in the funeral care business. In 1989 Stanley went to the New England School of Mortuary Science, Boston, MA., obtaining his degree and licensing in Mortuary Science. In November 1991 Stanley joined L. C. May Funeral Services as a licensed Funeral Director and embalmer.
Stanley accomplishments included his years of leadership as General Manager and Lead Funeral Director at L. C. May Funeral Services, Inc. Under his direction the business flourished as it provided funeral services to many families throughout central Indiana. Stanley facilitated a major renovation of the funeral home facilities which are appreciated by all today.
On June 18th, 2015, he married the love of his life Sandra Kay Summerville.
In addition to his family and the funeral home Stanley found most rewarding his service to the community. He served as a mentor to many young people providing encouragement, and career guidance at the Township Youth Center Coalition. He always promoted furthering their education to obtain their career goals.
His vast civic involvement included board positions on Madison County Community Health Center, The Gospel Highlights, Madison County Urban League, African American Leadership Forum, Unity Leadership Coalition, Junior Warden with Peerless Lodge Masonic Hall.
Stanley’s hobbies included fishing, travel, reading, nice restaurants with his loving wife. He loved Black history, listening to jazz, watching the Discovery Channel, and attending Home Coming at his alma mater.
Stanley is survived by his wife of 6 years, Sandra K. May of Anderson, IN; daughters; Sheaneta M. Rowe (Kevin) of Pinson, AL, Na Lynn B. Jones, Anderson; sons; David L. Jones, Jr., Nathan A. Jones (Amy Jo) both of Anderson, IN, , mother; Katherine G. May of Anderson, IN, brothers; Andrew May, San Diego, CA Ronald L. May (Chelsea) of Indianapolis, IN, David V. May (Bettie), Joseph A. May (Veda); sisters, Letha Ruby May Smith, San Diego, CA, Valerie May, Anderson, IN., adorable grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, loving aunts; Reeba (John, deceased), Willie Mae (Billie Joe, deceased), uncle James May (Gail of Tucson, AZ,) Gloria Gibbs, Newport News, VA, He was preceded in death by his loving father, L.C. May, grandparents; Billy Joe (B.J) Sr., (Ruby), Ezell E. Eldridge., Sr.(Nellie M.), James Gibbs (Ada), Uncle Adair Gibbs, A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, many special friends, and deceased loyal family pets Colby and Chief Anderson.
Thanks to Many Funeral homes and Members of Indiana Funeral Directors Select Group of Minority Funeral Homes for coming together to service our funeral home in our time of need, L.C. May Funeral Services.