A Pitt County School Board member will be laid to rest this weekend.
Dr. Michael Dixon died Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He had been a member of the school board for the past 18 years.
Dixon's wake will be held this Friday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the
Ebenezer Church, 652 Raleigh Road in Rocky Mount.
His funeral will be at noon Saturday at the Philippi Church of Christ, 3760 Philippi Drive in Greenville.
Two appointments and a special election will be needed to fill a school board seat in Pitt County.
Dr. Michael Dixon died Saturday after serving 18 years on the Board of Education. Dixon was 54 years old and recently elected to his fourth term on the board representing District 1 Seat A, which consists of neighborhoods in West Greenville.
Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis says after consulting with a lawyer for the State Board of Elections, the current school board will have to appoint someone to fill Dixon's seat until December. After newly elected members are sworn in, that board will then appoint someone to fill the seat until December 2012. A special election will then be held in May 2012 to fill the unexpired term until 2016.
Monday's regularly scheduled Pitt County School Board meeting has been cancelled.
Family, community leaders and friends are mourning the death of a Pitt County School board member.
Dr. Michael Dixon, an 18-year veteran of the Pitt County Board of Education, died Saturday. Dixon was 54 years old and recently elected to his fourth term on the board. Dixon represented District 1 Seat A, which consists of neighborhoods in West Greenville.
Dixon was also a pastor at the Refuge One Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Whitakers for 32 years.
WITN spoke with Dixon's daughters Sunday. Ruth Dixon said "Daddy was a giver, he was very compassionate." She also said "It's something that was very unexpected, it's very hurtful. We're pulling together as a family to get through it."
Rachel Dixon said "We have a great support system, even people we don't know closely and the outpouring of love and everything has been really good for us."
Funeral arrangements for Dr. Dixon have not yet been made.