Man who drowned remembered as loving person, model employee

Eugene Dixon
Eugene Dixon

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -  "He was a caring person.  I mean if you needed any help, he would be there. I mean if you were sad, he was there to lift you up," said Veronica King, who was Eugene Dixon's supervisor.

The 36-year-old Dixon was more than just a good friend. He was a model employee, who had been working as a nightshift custodian for Goodwill Industries since 2005.  In fact, he was named "Employee of the Month" in February of 2007.

Project Manager Teresa Knight nominated him.

"We definitely knew something was up when he didn't show up by 6:00 Saturday evening, because it was out of character totally for Eugene. He never missed work," said Knight.

D'Iberville Police say around 1:30 Saturday morning, Eugene had just finished his shift and was heading home to D'Iberville in very rough weather. His was crossing a flooded road over a drainage ditch, when his car got swept up in powerful currents.

The swift-flowing water pushed the car about 100 yards along the drainage canal. The car got wedged against a tree, and officers believe Eugene tried to swim to safety. He didn't make it.  His body was found several hundred yards away in a culvert, just a few blocks from his house on Hickory Court.

"It's just something you just don't believe," said Knight.

"Everybody's still shocked.  Most of my crew is taking it hard," said King, as tears filled her eyes. "It's going to be hard.  It's going to be very hard."

Co-workers find comfort in each other and the fond memories they share.

"He'll do his little dance, and have everybody laughing," said King as she tried to mimic his moves.

Most of all, his Goodwill family will miss his loving personality.

"Because every night he would come in and he would do like this and he'd give everybody a hug, say it's going to be all right," said King. "Our crew will never be the same, never ever be the same without Eugene."

If you live in D'Iberville and are worried about possible flooding, you can get free sand bags on Tuesday.  Just go to the warehouse at the corner of Seymour Avenue and Warrior Drive.  The sandbags will be available from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM

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