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"Whoever hears and believes has eternal life..." (John 5:24-29 )

Patrick Barbour

Birth Date: 1942-01-13
Graduation year: 1962
Deceased Date: 2019-03-21
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life."

Patrick Henry Barbour was born January 13, 1942 to his parents who preceded him in death, Bayton & Rebecca Dixon Barbour. He started school a little later and graduated in 1962. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife who is now remarried, Virginia Barbour Cheives; his daughter, Tyrian Barbour Tyler; and granddaughter, Trinity Tyler. He was the last sibling to enter Eternal life & those that went on before him were Loretta Barbour (Engaged to Larry of Petersburg, VA),James Barbour (Margie), Bayton Barbour, Jr. (Gloria), and Raymond Barbour (Hallie). He loved all of his nieces & nephews Darrin Barbour (Sherri), Aliza Love Barbour, Bayton Barbour III (Sherell), Shaundrea Barbour Dark (Randy), Raymonda Barbour Ryce (Ronald), & Tanya Barbour.

Patrick was quiet and laid back and loved his family and siblings. He often drove charter buses as a side job and loved meeting people from all walks of life. He served in the Army for four years and graduated from Virginia State University majoring in History. He taught school for a while and moved onto the Department of Corrections for the State of VA where he retired. He also retired from the GRTC.

Though he isn't with us physically, he is with us spiritually and smiling down on all of his family members here at the Dixon/Tucker Reunion.
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Geneva Brown (Barley)

Birth Date: 1940-05-18
Deceased Date: 2012-04-23
Geneva Barley Brown, age 71, formerly of Halifax, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.. She resided in Lawrenceville, Ga., and is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Brown-Washington, and son, Bernard Brown; four sisters, Carol Turner, Barbara, Marjorie and Clara Barley; one brother, James Barley; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of Mitchell Barley and Norva Tucker Barley;
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Johnnie W. Davis

Birth Date: 1948-03-17
Deceased Date: 2013-02-20
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Riley Dixon

Birth Date: 1931-02-19
Deceased Date: 2011-11-28

 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalms 23:1



On Monday, November 28, 2011, God sent His heavenly angels to carry Riley Dixon to eternal rest.  He was born in Halifax County on February 19, 1930 to the late Patrick and Cornelia Dixon.  He attended the Halifax County Public Schools and afterwards served in the United States Army.  After completing his military duty, he had several work experiences before becoming a skilled carpenter.  He retired from his trade in Washington, D.C. and was able to have many years enjoying family, friends and his passion of fishing.


He was a faithful and supportive member of the Elkhorn Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and on the finance committee.  Riley was married to Mary Flenoury and two children were born.  His son, Roderick C. Dixon preceded him in death. He will always be remembered for his unselfish giving to his family and others.


In addition to his devoted wife, he is survived by one daughter, Michelle Jones (George), a daughter-in-law, Linda Dixon; his grandchildren: Justin, Trucina, J’ton and Jutoria; two sisters:  Almeda Lee (Edmond), Elizabeth Lovelace (Robert); and one brother: Franklin Dixon (Hilda).  He also leaves eight sisters-in-laws; four brothers-in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


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Eva Joyce Martin (Dixon)

Birth Date: 1945-10-26
Graduation year: 1963
Deceased Date: 2022-11-19
Life Story
Eva Joyce Martin was born on October 26, 1945, to Mattie Tucker Dixon and Willard L. Dixon in Philadelphia, PA. She was blessed with five siblings, Charles, Alvin, Calvin, Andrew, and Linda. Andrew and Linda have preceded her in death. Joyce grew up in a loving family surrounded by siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends from the block and the neighborhood because the Dixon house seemed to draw people all the time. She was baptized at the age of nine at Second Baptist Church and had a close walk with the Lord.

Eva Joyce was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system, graduating from Girl’s High School in 1963. In her yearbook her classmates said she “sang like an angel” and that her “voice was unforgettable.” While in high school she fell in love with Clarence A. Martin, Sr. while singing in the City Wide Choir. After graduating high school she married her high school sweetheart who she affectionately called her “soldier boy.” They were married for 57 years.

They moved to Rantoul, Illinois, and lived on the base with other military families. There she gave birth to her first child Clarence Alvin Martin, Jr. When Clarence Martin, Sr. returned from Vietnam they relocated to Philadelphia. The Lord blessed her with two more sons Kevin and Bryant. She was a devoted mother who was very present in the lives of her children. She was at all of their games and events. While her children were young she earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with a secondary mathematics certification from Temple University. She took courses at Chestnut Hill College for Paths/Prism course work in Methodology: Teaching Calculus; Penn State University certification work in Discrete Mathematics.

Eva Joyce Martin was always concerned about children and their academic, social, and emotional needs; she worked on a healthy eating program for youth sponsored by the National Black Child Development Institute that was available at various YMCAs in the area. She was the recipient of multiple awards and was actively engaged in numerous community and social outreach programs and nonprofit organizations.

She also had a passion for singing. In her free time, she sang with the A.M.E. Mass choir. It brought her great joy to sing and travel with them. She developed many lifelong friendships with the members of the choir. She had a singing group called “The Trio” with her friends Arlene Taylor and Louise Taylor.

In the Spring of 1974, Eva Martin accepted a position as a teacher at the Stephen Girard Elementary School in South Philadelphia. At the time, Mr. Jack Carr and Principal, Rita Brown, had just had a proposal approved by the School District of Philadelphia to create the Girard Academic Music Program, a unique school-within-a-school, that would become a premier magnet school within the city over the next 48 years. Eva, with her musical skills was the perfect choice as an academic teacher at GAMP. She became an integral part of that school until her retirement in 2007, after 35 years. She and Lola Grove Rooney were the 2 academic staff members with Dr. Carr (music teacher/founder) and Jinx Maisenhelder (secretary) who formed the small but powerful foundation of this unique utopia of educational settings. So many performances were held during those early years with Lola and Eva as vocal soloists and duet partners with Carr at the piano. The three of them were referred to as the “Tony Orlando and Dawn” trio of South Philadelphia. Just as she was the “bedrock” for her family, she was always the calming force for her colleagues at GAMP. So appreciated by her peers and idolized as a role model by generations of students. As an advocate for young people, she brought her love of God to the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) where she taught High School Mathematics and Computer Science. She mentored countless students during her time there. She led many organizations, including her beloved cheerleading team and the yearbook committee. She created the MAC computer lab and taught high school Mathematics and Computer Science. Today GAMP is ranked in the top 10% of all schools in Pennsylvania.

The Lord called E. Joyce Martin to preach the gospel. She received her license to preach in 1995. She became an ordained minister in the AME Church in 1998. In 2005 she graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She was an itinerant elder in the AME Church. She was a servant leader on God’s task force to encourage, support, preach and teach the children of God inside and outside the church doors. Her major assignment was to win souls for Christ and to reach out and touch somebody’s world and help them to find peace and joy in the middle of all circumstances.

She assisted her husband, retired pastor Rev. Clarence A. Martin Sr., at every church they served. They walked hand in hand in marriage and in their service to the Lord. She served faithfully as First Lady and Associate Minister at Allen AME Church, Oxford, PA; St. John AME Church, Paschall; Metropolitan AME Church, Philadelphia; and Waters Memorial AME Church, Philadelphia, PA. In those congregations, she was involved in teaching and preaching. She taught in Sunday School, Bible Study, led intercessory prayer groups, and participated in all the choirs of the church, connected with the YPD, Missionary Department, and Ministers Spouses organization.

Her ministry expanded not only to her church family but she organized Women’s retreats and wrote a curriculum for specific religious topics for Sunday Schools and Devotional Readings.

She always kept close contact with her family in Halifax, Virginia making annual trips to Homecoming. Later in life, the Lord blessed her to purchase a home on the family block of Logan Road. This was a high point in her life to be connected to her ancestors back home.

She has always tried to walk the walk of a Christian and not just talk the talk. Her greatest joy was sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to her family, her community, and abroad through the preached word, song, prayer, or just in conversation. She was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it was her desire to continue to preach and teach the Word and eventually become a Christian counselor to children and families. The power behind all that God has allowed her to achieve is the scripture “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

Her favorite scripture was: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Rev. E. Joyce Martin loved her church and family. She was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Mattie Dixon, her beloved son Alvin (Deirdre), her siblings Linda (Vincent), Andrew (Teresa), and daughter-in-law Charmica (Kevin). She leaves to cherish her memory; her husband, Rev. Clarence A. Martin, Sr. Her sons Kevin (Jannise) and Bryant (Tiffany), daughter in law (Deirdre). Her grandchildren: Remy, Celine, Kara, Shawn, Bryant, Jr., Paige, Nera, and Kevin, Jr. Aunt Aretha Mae Marable of Fredericksburg, VA;, Her siblings Charles, Alvin (Celeste), Calvin (Janelle) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
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Elizabeth Lovelace (Dixon)

Birth Date: 1924-01-13
Deceased Date: 2016-10-27
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Birth Date: 1928-04-26
Deceased Date: 1995-08-18
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Dr. Earl Dixon, Jr.

Birth Date: 1937-10-20
Deceased Date: 2011-11-02
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Joseph Darnell Jackson

Birth Date: 1949-06-19
Deceased Date: 2012-03-29
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Edmond E., Lee

Birth Date: 1936-05-24
Deceased Date: 2012-03-11
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