Services scheduled for Roanoke Rapids minister who died in Haiti

Posted January 20, 2010 12:17 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2010 2:00 p.m. EST

— Services are scheduled this week for Rev. Sam Dixon, a Roanoke Rapids minister who died Saturday while leading a humanitarian effort in Haiti.

A memorial service will be held in Roanoke Rapids at First United Methodist Church, 339 Roanoke Ave., at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to officials with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Another service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton St. in Raleigh.

Dixon, 60, and two others in leadership roles with the United Methodist Committee on Relief were at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince Tuesday when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the city last week.

The men were trapped in the rubble for more than 50 hours, and Dixon died before he could be freed.

Rev. Clint Rabb, who was also in the rubble, was taken to a Florida hospital where he later died. The third man, Rev. James Gulley survived.

Dixon, a North Carolina native, was educated at the University of North Carolina and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He had been head of UMCOR since 2007.

He is survived by a wife, four children, two grandchildren, his mother and three sisters.