Born: Sunday Jul 17, 1938

Died: Thursday Jul 15, 2021

J. Gaylord Dix

July 17, 1938 - July 15, 2021

Reverend John Gaylord Dix, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend of many left his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 15th after a brief illness.  Even during his last days, he was spreading God’s word to doctors, nurses, and all who were around him, comforting them as they were trying to comfort him.

A  funeral service to celebrate Gaylord’s life will take place on Sunday, July 18th at 3:00 at Trinity Baptist Church at 9904 US Highway 150 in Reidsville.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and at other times at the home. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Reidsville.

Gaylord as he was known, was born in Leaksville (now Eden), North Carolina to his parents William

Thomas (WT) and Vergie Dix.  During his high school years, he met the love of his life, Peggy Sherwood.  They were married in June of 1959, and they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.  And even after all those years, they still acted like newlyweds!

After running a small chain of men’s clothing stores for a number of years, Gaylord worked for 16 years with Western-Southern Life Insurance Company.  However, his true calling was always the ministry.  Even while working full time, he conducted revivals at local churches and served as interim pastor for Beaver Island Baptist Church for a few years. 

Then, after retiring from the insurance business, he moved on to the role he was destined to fill…being a full-time minister.  For 32 years Gaylord served as the pastor for Trinity Baptist Church in Reidsville, retiring in May of this year.  And while he toyed with the idea of retiring the last few years, he just couldn’t as he loved the congregation as much as they loved him!

In addition to his beloved wife, Gaylord leaves behind sons Tim and Todd, daughter in law Tracy, and four grandchildren (Christian, Robert, Hannah, and Ryan).  He was preceded in death by his daughter in law Catherine.

His family would like to express their thanks for the fine staffs at Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, and especially Camden Place in Greensboro and Hospice of Rockingham County.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Camden Place in Greensboro, Hospice of Rockingham County, or to the church of your choice.

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Oh Peggy, my heart is aching for you. I just saw the obit on Gaylord and I am so sorry for your loss.

The angel arm waiting for him. They said come to Lord, Gaylord you have service with your heart and soul. You have complete your mission. He is at peace. 💘💘 family and prays out for you.

Ilda Rowland

Dear Peggy, Tim, Christian, Robert and family, We send our sincere condolences to all. We are praying that your sadness and heartbreak will soon be replaced with many fond memories of Gaylord. He was quite a man! Gaylord set an exemplary life for all that knew and loved him. He loved his God and changed the hearts of many. After his love for God, he loved his family with all his heart. It is apparent that Gaylord's life inspired Tim to follow in his footsteps as a loving husband and father. Gaylord will be greatly missed on earth!❤ Sending our love and hugs from Charleston, Andrew, Amy and Andrew King
Amy King

Please accept our sincere condolences, Jerry & Elayne Garrett
Jerry Garrett

Peggy, Tim, Todd and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. This is such a heavy loss. Gaylord will be so missed by so many. He never left anyone he came in contact with the same as he found them. He truly left a mark everywhere. Earth's loss is heaven's gain. Our love and prayers are with you all. Until we meet again Gaylord. 💜
Cyndi Bailey & Doris Powell

Dearest Peggy. We are so sorry for you loss. Gaylord was a true Man of God. Our hearts and Prayers are with you and your sons. Sincerely, Sandra & Harry
Harry & Sandra Edmonds

Well done my good and faithful servant. I know that’s what you will hear from the father! You where always there to love and guide us in good times and bad. You will always be …Preacher Dix…. To me. My deepest condolences to Peggy and the boys and all of preacher Dix's family. What a legacy he has left for us all to look to. Carry on Dix Family and make him proud . God bless you all
Linda Simmons

Peggy, I am very sorry to hear of Gaylord’s passing. He was a good and godly man. His tenure at Trinity demonstrates his commitment, love and devotion to both God and congregation. I will pray for you, Tim and Todd during this time. Keith Bradsher
Keith Bradsher

Dear Peggy, my sister worked with Gaylord at the clothing store back in the 70's. I think that store was called The House of Eden. Gaylord was always a very kind gentleman. The last time I saw him was in 1982. He stopped by my mom's house when my brother died. Mom had several insurance policies that Gaylord took care of. God bless! Lifting you and your family up in prayer.
Phyllis Brown

Peggy, Tim and Todd. So sorry for your loss. I remember Gaylord as kind man who set a great example. Mom loved your family deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vic Gammons and family
Vic Gammons

James and I were so saddened to hear about the death of Gaylord just a few minutes ago. He was a devoted servant to God, a loving husband and a wonderful father to both boys. We pray that God will ease your heart in time and bring comfort to your sweet family.
Peyton Cherry

Peggy, I am so sorry for your loss of a loving husband and best friend. Prayers for comfort. Blessings, Becky
Becky Via

Peggy, Tim, and Todd I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family.
Karen Strickland

Tim, I am sending my sincerest condolences and prayers for you and your family.
Debbie Stanley Finney

Peggy, we're so very sorry to learn of Gaylord's passing. After such a long and loving marriage, you must feel his absence keenly, even while you are grateful for the blessing of the love you will never lose. You and your family are in our hearts, and we wish you the peace of joyful memories, deep friendships, and cherished loved ones. God bless you. T and Lindley
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