Dixon chosen as Grand Marshal for Canton parade
One of Canton's most beloved community servants will be serving as Grand Marshal in this year's Christmas parade. Mayor Mike Ray said it was only fitting to have 78-year-old Jaunita Dixon as grand marshal after all she has done for the town over the years.
Ever since her days of owning the Canton Little Boy from 1961 to 1999 to today, Dixon has been a non-stop community servant. During her days as the popular restaurant owner, she and her husband sponsored nearly every athletic team in town and often gave hotdogs away to the teams to sell as concessions.
Even after the Little Boy closed, Dixon continued to serve on countless committees and give back to the community. She played a key role in opening and continually supporting the Canton Senior Center, volunteers with the Canton Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels and currently serves on several committees across the county. She is also a strong advocate for teachers and education.
In 2011, she was granted the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is one of the highest honors a citizen can receive given by the governor.
It's nearly impossible to find anyone in Canton or even Haywood County that hasn't been touched by Dixon in some way over the years, said Mayor Mike Ray and his wife, Sherry.
"She never toots her own horn and she has been such a blessing to us, especially the senior citizens. We are so thankful for her," Sherry Ray said.