Dixie Heath

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 5, 2010

Funeral services for Dixie Perry Heath, 78, of Brinson, will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Ivey Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Medley officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memory Gardens.

Born April 18, 1931, in Iron City, Ga., Mrs. Heath died on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, in Evans, Ga.

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Mrs. Heath was the daughter of Marcellus Perry and Ethel Lee Clark Perry. She and her husband, the late Hulmer J. Heath Sr., had four children, Cynthia Denise, Hulmer Jr., Michael Perry and Linda Susan. A devoted wife and mother, she raised all of her children into adulthood, often by herself, while her husband served in two different wars. She managed to provide a loving and comfortable existence during these times. She tirelessly supported her husband during his 30-year military career and as a result traveled to many different locations.

She always proudly acknowledged her Georgia roots, with grace and elegance. A bit of Georgia accompanied her to all of the functions she attended. Once in Panama, the orchestra broke into “Georgia on my Mind,” as she entered the room where general officers and ambassadors were gathering for a reception honoring the Panamanian ambassador.

In later years, she returned to Brinson and where she worked in the Post Office for many years. She also worked as a substitute teacher at the local high school. She was always involved and had a sincere wish to help others. She loved her house and the yard, and most people didn’t know she was a very avid fisherman.

Mrs. Heath is preceded in death by her husband, Hulmer J. Heath Sr., to whom she was married for 42 years.

Mrs. Heath is survived by one sister, Irene Nalls of Brinson; two sons, Hulmer Heath Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Michael Perry Heath of Detroit, Mich.; one daughter, Linda Susan Heath Young of Augusta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews from both families.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.