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Dixie Landress
Dixie Landress
Calhoun, GA
77 Years Young






Tell us about your family and your accomplishments.

  • I was born in Gordon County and in the country until I was 13 and we moved to Calhoun.
  • My two brothers were married when I was born, so I actually grew up with a niece who was one year younger than me.
  • I was influenced in music by my father who was a expert banjo, guitar, fiddler player.
  • After graduating from Calhoun High School, I went to work for the textile industry and worked for about 47 years.
  • I took care of my parents for a number of years.  When my mother was in the nursing home, I fell in love with the people in nursing homes which began my many years of volunteering.  I go to all 3 homes in Calhoun about 6 or so times per month to help with BINGO, sing and play the piano, decorate for parties and make pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving.  They recognized me for my volunteerism with a certificate.
  • I love to write poems and started when I could barely hold a pencil.  Several years ago I found a poem that I had written when I was little bitty girl.  It wasn’t very good, but seeing it, started me writing regularly.  My poems are inspirational and many of them are about love.  I think love would solve most of the problems in the world.  I write a lot of poems for my church bulletin and one time I wrote one for my preacher about the sermon he was preaching.  One was published in the Christian Woman Magazine.
  • I played the piano professionally at the Rooker Hotel in Calhoun several years ago on Friday and Saturday nights.  That was ragtime music.  The owner asked me to do this.
  • My father gave me a love of the bible and I read it every day.

Do you visit a senior center?

Yes. Calhoun Senior Center.

How long have you been attending the center?

About 12 years.

What made you start going to the center?

See what it was all about and enjoy the fellowship.

What kinds of activities do you enjoy at the center

The music, singing, exercises & classes.

How has the center helped you Age Well and Live Well?

Something to look forward to and meet with friends. The activities, exercise and classes help me.

Do you volunteer at your senior center or at other community organizations?
  • I help where needed in addition to playing the piano and I share leading the exercises at the senior center.
  • I have been a member of Calhoun Church of Christ for 49 years.  I used to teach children and teenage girls Sunday School Classes.
  • I also carry people to the doctor and run errands for people in the community
What advice would you give to young people today on how to live a good long life?

Live a Christian life and love.  Love solves most of the world’s problems.  We wouldn’t have wars are hunger if everyone loved each other.








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