Jackie Ray Dix, age 65, of Keysville, VA passed away on October 14, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Jackie, a lifelong resident of Keysville, was much beloved and respected in the community and was a common sight in many homes over the years. He was a master plumber and electrician and also repaired TV’s and appliances since he was 17 years old.  Jackie loved to tell jokes to anyone he came across.  He loved to hunt and fish, loved his flowers and garden, and enjoyed relic hunting with his metal detector.  Jackie was also a self-taught guitarist and was one of the founding members of the City Limits Band and Slingshot.  Never one to be bested, he challenged himself to learn all he could and be the best he could with everything he set his mind to do, especially when it came to music.  He became one of the best guitarists around.


He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lee, of Keysville; a son, Kenneth Lee Dix, of Keysville; stepsons, Delos C. Elliott of Keysville and Robert D. Elliott of Fredericksburg; his sister, Debbie Dix Wells of Pittsfield, MA; his cousin, Johnny Ray Dix and his wife, Vanessa of Keysville; seven grandsons; three granddaughters; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Dix; his mother, Bessie T. Dix; his sister, Judy Carrier Dix; and his oldest son, Michael Dix.


Jackie was a very caring and giving man and will be so greatly loved and missed. His family is so grateful to his friends for the kindness shown to him during his illness.  Special thanks to the Charlotte County Rescue Squad for its many trips to our home and the respect and care you showed our family.


A memorial service will the held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence Messages

  1. Frieda T. Whirley

    16 October 2017 5 years ago

    So sorry to learn of the death of Jackie. I have known him most of my life. He was well known in the community and was well like by many. Sending prayers to the family for peace and comfort.

  2. John Overstreet

    16 October 2017 5 years ago

    My sincerest condolences to all at this time. Didn’t know of his illness. Had planned to come up and see him and all I had played music with in the days of our youth.

  3. Garland Hamlett

    16 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie and I went to school together and we also played football for RHHS. My most sincere condolences to the family.

  4. Sari Goff

    16 October 2017 5 years ago

    Sorry to read this but glad he is no longer suffering. He fixed and repaired many things for us and he was a “Jackie of all trades.”

  5. Nelson & Vicki Cardwell

    16 October 2017 5 years ago

    So very sorry to hear about Jackie passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by all. Sending hugs and prayers for all.

  6. Jan Francisco-Reulbach

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    I am very saddened to hear of Jackie’s passing. Mom always called Jackie for anything that had to be done at the house. Jackie will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May he RIP.

  7. Barbara Schoene Tharpe LaMotte

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    I will miss your smile but I will forever have the memories of the many Christmas Eve’s spent at our Grandma “Ma Tuck’s.” Forever Cousin’s.

  8. Denise Britt-Clinton

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss…I knew Jackie from when I worked at nursing home he used to come in tell me jokes and do whatever they called him for and leave me with another joke or 2. He was a mess but a nice man. He will be missed!

  9. Roberta "Bobbi" Becker

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    I know that Jackie is at peace now. He definitely did not like the condition he has been in for sometime now. Every time I turn on my faucet to my sink in my kitchen I think of him. I would imagine it was one of the last jobs Jackie did as he was on oxygen then. He did manage to tell me a couple of jokes while he was working. The plumbing world has lost a very good plumber. He always told me how much in love he was with his wife Debbie. He definitely will be missed by all that knew him. My sympathy goes to his family.

  10. Layton Powell

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie was a great friend. We both got whipped numerous times by his mother and mine. I don’t mean a spanking I mean whipped. He did all of my plumbing work and electrical work for several years. He will greatly be missed but not forgotten.

  11. Eddie Buchanan

    17 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie and I were high school buddies and played football together at Randolph Henry. There are very few ponds between Keysville and Lunenburg C H that we didn’t fish. Jackie’s dog, Shorty, treed many squirrels for us in the same area. I visited Jackie a few years back and I’m glad that I did. He was a true buddy. My sincere condolences to his family. I know he will be missed.

  12. Lettie W. Fuller

    18 October 2017 5 years ago

    To the family of Jackie Dix, you have my sincerest condolences. Jackie and I became classmates at the Victoria Elementary School Class of 1967. I was the tallest female and the only African american in the graduating class. I had to stand on the row with the boys and I stood beside Jackie. A friendship developed and lasted until his death. Whenever, I would see him we talked about Victoria Elementary and graduation evening. He too did repairs on my appliances. Jackie was a kind person and will be missed by all who knew him. He fought a good fight. I will pray that God comforts your heart.

  13. Deborah trammell5468

    19 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie was a friend and we grew up together he will be greatly missed by everyone in Keysville area

  14. Bonnie Gilliam

    19 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie will be missed in our community. He came for so many of us when we called for help in our homes. He fought hard against cancer, a relentless disease. He was one of our Relay for Life Survivors for a couple of years. We will miss him this year.

  15. Brenda heck

    20 October 2017 5 years ago

    Jackie you will be missed you were a care and loving husband to my sister Debbie say hi to Wayne and jimmy for me rest in peace

  16. Anne T Pettus

    22 October 2017 5 years ago

    I’ve learned late about Jackie. So sorry I did not make it to
    His service. He was one of my most favorite folks in Keysville. Awhile back my stove died, and he found a used one and gave it to me for free. Then my washer died, and he found a very affordable one and installed it for me. I will miss him so
    Much. He was a wonderful

  17. Bernice Webb

    18 February 2018 4 years ago

    He always had a smile and a joke to tell. He had a generous heart and continued to help others even when he was sick. I’m blessed to have known Jackie and his mother. Both will be greatly missed.

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