Several Chattahoochee residents, and others from surrounding areas gathered at Therrell Field on Sunday, April 25 to honor Jewel and Mildred Dixie.
The Dixies owned and operated Dixie Grocery Store in Chattahoochee for 46 years, before retiring 11 years ago.
Family members, friends and others who know the couple were given an opportunity to share their stories, along with their gratitude.
“There were some good people who came to the Happy Town Community,” said Mildred’s sister Evelyn Creal-Wilcox.
Creal-Wilcox said over the years, the other stores closed down, but the Dixie’s remained in business.
“It’s always good to have a store in your community,” said Creal-Wilcox.
James Travis who orchestrated Community Day said he wanted to honor the Dixies because they’ve been pillars in the community for decades.
He said Mr. Dixie would fix tires outside, while Mrs. Dixie ran the inside of the store.
“Mrs. Dixie had everything you wanted in the store,” Travis said.
He said the Dixies also built a dance floor so teens have a place to hang out.
In addition to honoring the Dixies, Travis also hosted a community co-ed softball game.
He treated the Dixie’s to dinner at Northside seafood after the game.
Mildred Dixie said she and her husband were honored.
“We think it’s fabulous for the community to come together to remember us—classmates, friends and customers,” Dixie said. “We consider it a blessing.”