Country wisdom from Alapaha dads Carl Dixon and Paul Luke

Decades since their passing, the rich legacy of two rural farmers continues to impact a South Georgia community, evidenced by a humorous, soul-searing Father’s Day speech conducted at a Baptist church. Seen in a partially unbuttoned white short sleeve shirt, khakis, wide-brimmed felt hat, and horned-rimmed glasses, 72-year-old Carl Dixon might be a little disheveled, but don’t be fooled, he was tough as nails and very industrious underneath. He greets bearded son Steve Dixon on horseback near Becky’s Beauty Salon in Alapaha, Georgia. Carl’s only natural child with second wife Jean Barrentine, Steve was a dead ringer for his future son Quentin in this September 1981 candid from Alapaha’s centennial festivities. The Alapaha farmer would suffer a massive heart attack just two years later on October 12, 1983. It is unknown when the second still was taken, but it looks to be from the same time frame. Image Credits: The Mary Ellen Dixon Crisp Collection

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Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ something fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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