Wanda Ruth Sharp Dixon
Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Ruth Sharp Dixon will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, with the Revs. Robert T. Sharp and Mike Sahler officiating. Burial will be held at the Mississippi Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Newton at 2 p.m. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Mrs. Dixon, age 80, of Meridian peacefully passed away on Jan. 9, 2020, at Regency Hospital of Meridian surrounded by her loving family and some special nurses.
Wanda was married to Richard A. Dixon on Aug. 18, 1957. From this union came three daughters, Janet Lynn, Susan Beth, and Linda Diane. These children have produced nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
She received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Mississippi State University, her Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her course work toward her Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi. She taught Mathematics at Meridian Community College for twenty-five years and was chair of the Mathematics and Science Division. She taught Mathematics at Mississippi College for three years, Mathematics at the University of Chattanooga one year, and High School Mathematics at Clinton High School, Washington School, and Greenville High School. Twice she won the Outstanding Teacher Award at Meridian Community College.
Wanda was a gentle soul who never intentionally hurt anyone. She was not one to hold a grudge; she considered that counter-productive. She was able to laugh at herself and loved a good joke. She had an infectious smile. She loved to travel and has visited all fifty states and fourteen foreign countries.
In 2002, she discovered she had kidney cancer on her right kidney. The kidney was removed, and Wanda retired in June of 2002. While on vacation in Montana, an x-ray showed a spot on her lung. The local doctor suggested she show the x-ray to her family doctor upon returning home. In November, she showed the x-ray to Dr. Rhonda Wilson who immediately referred Wanda to a surgeon. In Dec. 2002 her right lung was removed. The doctor commented that it was a shame to have to discard such a nice pink lung. Most of his patients were smokers, and their lungs showed up as black. She was discharged from the hospital on Christmas day 2002. The doctor gave her less than a one percent chance to survive another five years. She continued to live another 17 years. She was on a regimen of Thalidomide and Interferon for a year. She may be gentle, but she was a tough old lady who never gave up on her fight to live.
She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Sue Ford; her brother, Rev. Robert T. Sharp; and a myriad of nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse E. and Helen M. Sharp and one grandson, Landon T. Duke.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or the church or charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Published on January 10, 2020

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Mary Harwell Scott
Jan 14, 2020
Wanda Dixon was a beautiful person and we will miss her sorely! She was always upbeat, happy, uncomplaining, and glad to be in your presence. God needed a beautiful soul like Wanda and we will see her again one day. God bless you Wanda. I for one will miss you!
June McRae Anderson and Joy McRae Jenkins
Jan 12, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Wanda’s death and always admired her and her many accomplishments. Please accept our sincere condolences. I know she will be missed by everyone .
Ouida Perkins
Jan 11, 2020
I went to school with Wanda. She was a sweet and caring lady. Condolences to her family. She will be missed to all who knew her.