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Dixie Jean Mercer Peavler, 79, of Albemarle, passed away peacefully on May 24th at her home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Peavler was born on February 29, 1936 in Kingstree, SC. She was the daughter of the late Sumter Marvin Mercer and Vivian Haselden Mercer.
She was a graduate of Andrews High School and attended Winthrop University before graduating from the Weaver Airline School in Kansas City. Before beginning her family, Mrs. Peavler was employed by Piedmont Airlines in Winston-Salem in the communications department.
Mrs. Peavler was affectionately known as Miss Dixie or “Dickie” to those that knew her well. She was a lifelong lover of the water and spent many happy hours shagging at Pawleys Island Pier in her youth. Her favorite pastime in recent years was sitting with friends and family on her porch enjoying the view and serenity of Lake Tillery and Morrow Mountain. Her greatest love was for her grandchildren and their dog, BJ.
Miss Dixie was a member of Staunton Baptist Church in Huddleston, VA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Edward Mercer and her first husband, Charles Grayson Dickens.
Mrs. Peavler is survived by her daughters, Martha (Marty) D. Dickens of Albemarle and Elizabeth (Beth) D. Curry, of Huntersville; her granddaughter, Alexandra (Alex) G. Curry and grandson, David H. Curry, both of Huntersville; her brother, William Douglas Mercer and his wife Carol of Grapevine, TX, several nieces and nephews and her extended family from Moncks Corner and Andrews, SC. Dixie is also survived by a step-daughter, Charlesanna Hanner and husband Zeb and family.
The family will hold a private remembrance service and asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County 960 N. 1st Street Albemarle NC 28001. The family would like to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to that wonderful organization for their care of Mrs. Peavler. Every one of the Hospice angels went above and beyond in their caretaking and Miss Dixie loved them all.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Peavler family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.