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Leora May Dixon

Female 1921 - 2020  (99 years)

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  • Name Leora May Dixon 
    Born 4 Mar 1921  Johnston, Franklin, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Apr 2020  Macon, Bibb, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5663  Martin Family
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2020 

    Father Edward Samuel Dixon,   b. 24 Aug 1893, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Claire Bertha Laird,   b. 10 Jun 1896, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1977  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F2175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Ward Kingery,   b. 09 Jun 1918, Proctorville, Lawrence, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 2004, Macon, Bibb, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 20 May 1942 
    +1. Living
    +2. William Ward Kingery, Jr.,   b. 14 Dec 1945, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 2015, Castle Rock, Douglas, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Living
    +4. Living
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F1483  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Kenneth B Clark,   b. 18 Nov 1923, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 2015, Macon, Bibb, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 2007 
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F137590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Mar 1921 - Johnston, Franklin, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Apr 2020 - Macon, Bibb, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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    • Posted on Wed, Jun. 29, 2005 - Macon Telegraph

      Warner Robins residents retire to Carlyle Place


      Several former longtime Warner Robins residents now residing at Carlyle Place, a continuing-care retirement community, at 5300 Zebulon Road in Macon, say they miss their many friends here.

      Lee Kingery, who moved 20-some times during her 30 years as an Air Force wife, says she and her late husband Bill had first looked for a place in Warner Robins that offered assisted living and continued care.

      "We hated to leave our home in Warner Robins where we had lived 30 years," she said. "And we had to downsize everything to fit into our apartment at Carlyle. Bill spent the last year of his life in Carlyle Place's skilled nursing program and I was there by his side. That made the move all worthwhile."

      She says "Bill never complained; he was a fighter, right up until his death May 27, 2004 from congestive heart failure." Yet, she adds he suffered from Parkinson's disease, pulmonary problems and was on oxygen.

      "We had moved to Carlyle Place the day after it opened. The staff members and other residents were wonderfully helpful to us. Even the young people working in the dining room were so warm, caring, attentive and comforting to me when Bill died." Lee adds that one very kind person was a 90-year-old Irish lady there. (Lee can be reached by telephone; her number is 405-8857.)

      Lee and Bill sold their Warner Robins home in July or August but did not move to Carlyle Place until Sept. 5 so they had to rent the house in which they had spent so many years. She admits, too, that it was "pretty scary moving into an apartment we had never seen. We also wondered if we'd be accepted by Macon people. But our children helped with the move."

      Many of us who live in Warner Robins consider Lee Kingery one of our all-time favorite actresses in this area. She herself says her last role at Theatre Macon was as an alcoholic. "It required that I go wild and I did. Jim Crisp (Theatre Macon's founder) is a caring kind of director. He considers me as one of his mothers. He's been out here to play bridge; I'm the bridge chairman for Carlyle."

      This summer Lee is going to Russia for the first time. She adds, "I get back the day after Jim Crisp leaves on his trip abroad." (I get the feeling that otherwise, she'd be accompanying Jim and his group on their big adventure.)

      Gervaise Perdue, whose husband, Houston County's longtime school superintendent, died Jan. 31, 1997, moved to Carlyle in December 2003 after living in Warner Robins since 1946, She misses friends here, esecially the "Houston Mall Gang" with whom she used to walk.

      She exercises every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Carlyle's wellness center and walks a mile around Carlyle daily. She says, "I'm where I should be now with good friends I've made at the pool here and who sent me many cards on my April 30 birthday."

      The apartments really impressed me on a recent visit to Carlyle with my friend Marian Robinson of Warner Robins and her daughter who was on a visit here from the Atlanta area. (We did not visit Carlyle's cottages.)

      Also now at Carlyle are Dr. Daniel Nathan and his wife Muriel, formerly of Fort Valley where he had a beautiful flower garden. I wrote a story or a column about it. (Muriel's sister, Harriet Novak, no longer lives in Warner Robins.)

      Although every Carlyle resident gets 30 meals a month, Gervaise says she can cook in her apartment if she desires. She has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, living room, sun room and big closets in her apartment. She walks a mile around Carlyle daily and does water aerobics in a class Tuesdays and Thursdays.

      My interest in Carlyle stems from seeing its bus unload passengers at the Grand Opera House on symphony concert nights. Residents are taken to doctor appointments the second and third Mondays.

      Skip Korson's columns appear twice a month. If you have suggestions or comments, please call her 923-8259.

    • Leora May Kingery-Clark peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

      Born on March 4, 1921 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she was the only daughter of the late Edward Dixon and Claire Laird. She attended Wayne State University in Michigan and then married her first husband of 62 years, William "Bill" Ward Kingery. They were married on May 20, 1942, the same day Bill received his wings as a pilot for the Army Air Corps. Lee was a faithful wife, mother and homemaker who supported her husband through 30 years of service.

      After her husband's retirement, they chose to stay in Warner Robins, Georgia where she became involved in the community in many ways, including being one of the founding fathers for the Warner Robins Little Theatre. When they moved to Macon, Georgia, she continued her passion for acting and became a patron to Theatre Macon. Lee was a gifted actress whose memorable roles spanned the years. She was a kind and gracious person who never met an enemy and always had a smile for everyone she met. Her many hobbies included golfing, gardening, reading, travel, playing bridge, entertaining, dancing and simply enjoying life to the fullest.

      Lee is survived by her daughters, Karen Senden and Bonnie Scott (Brian), and her son, John (Beth) Kingery; seven grand-children; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, William Kingery, Jr. (Carol), and her second husband, Kenneth Clark.

      A celebration of life ceremony will be scheduled and announced at a later date.

      McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with these arrangements.

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