Dec 15 2016
Antoinette “Toni” Geraldine Trout Dixon, 92, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her summer home in Balsam, NC. She was born February 2, 1924 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Thomas Wilbur Trout and Antoinette Geraldine Cooper Trout Grainger. Toni married her high school sweetheart, Ensign William “Bill” C. Dixon August 4, 1943, prior to his leaving for the Pacific Fleet. She attended Landon High School and Duke University. As a career Navy wife, Toni was devoted to her family and created loving homes in over 22 locations. In retirement, Toni and Bill divided their time between their homes in Balsam, NC, Keystone Heights, FL and later, Merritt Island, FL. She is best remembered for her love of and conviction in Jesus Christ. Toni lived out her faith through her involvement with her family, church family, and her many friends, sharing the Good News and providing support to all those God placed in her path. She was a Docent at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., a member of the DAR and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jacksonville, FL. Toni was also a past president of the Navy Officer’s Wives Club, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL, a Red Cross and Hospice volunteer, and a charter member of Fresh Start Fellowship of Keystone Heights. She was a member of Hazelwood Presbyterian Church of Waynesville, an excellent artist, cook and gardener. One family tradition was picking berries from her raspberry patch and making “Toni’s” famous raspberry jam. Her guidance, spiritual example and love live on. She was predeceased by her beloved sisters, Wilburta “Billie” Trout Holden and Evelyn Trout. Survivors include her cherished husband of 73 years, Captain William “Bill”, USN (Retired); brother, Thomas W. Trout (Joan), of Keystone Heights, FL; daughters, Antoinette Lynn Pemberton, Patricia D. Socarras Cross (Bill), Dr. Gail D. Buchanan; grandchildren, Antoinette G. Pemberton, Dr. Carmen Socarras Peden (Dr. Marc), Daniel Socarras, Luis W. Socarras (Darla), Lorraine Buchanan Conard (Rodney), James Buchanan (Jonnah), and William C.D. Buchanan; great grandchildren, Elena, Marissa and Lilia Antoinette Peden, Luis William Jr., Asher, Ethan, Tanner Socarras, Della Grace Conard, Kaitlyn and Mark James Buchanan and Tytan Pemberton. We will all miss “Animated Antoinette’s” wit, wisdom and love. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 20 at 11am at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 N. Main St Jacksonville, FL 32206, with Pastor and grandson Luis W. Socarras officiating. Service and reception will follow at Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Rd 32218 (904) 714-1110. In lieu of flowers please contribute to your church or favorite charity. Condolences may be addressed to P.O. BOX 12, Balsam, NC 28707.