DR T Dixon Trauma Surgeon Obituary, Death : Tara D. Dixon, 48, of Wimauma, FL,passed away on January 18th, 2022, from injuries sustained in an accident. Tara was born on September 29th, 1973 to Ray E. Dixon Jr. and Emily Rigsby Dixon in Albany, GA.
After graduating from Westwood Schools in Camilla in 1991, she attended Berry College in Rome where she won several awards prior to furthering her education at Mercer University School of Medicine. In order to become a trauma surgeon, she completed post-graduate work at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, John Hopkins University, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of California, Irvine.
Tara practiced medicine both as a civilian and as a combat surgeon during two tours in Iraq where she served as Combat Chief of Surgery. Tara retired a Major in the U S Army and continued to advocate for veterans’ organizations and to speak on veteran strength and support.
In addition to her work as a surgeon and advocate for veterans, Tara wrote grants (e.g. Children’s Heart Foundation Award) and publications to further medical understanding. She also spoke to healthcare providers, veterans, corporate sponsors and community supporters, often on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, emergency care, and invisible wounds from war and life after combat.
In her spare time, she volunteered with several organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Team Rubicon (a group of military veterans using their skills and experience to respond to emergencies around the United States).
Tara was predeceased by her father, the late Ray E. Dixon, Jr; her grandmother, Ludie Dixon; and her grandparents, Randy and Ruth Rigsby.
She is survived by her mother, Emily Dixon Donnelly; her sister, Holli (Michael) McGahee; her brother Ray E. (Lacy) Dixon, III; her grandparents, Ray E. and Diane Dixon Sr.; nieces, Mary Bennett Dixon, Hope Ray Davis, Rigsby and Abigail Dixon; nephew, Ray E. (Bubba) Dixon IV; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.
A private family service will be held Friday, January 21st, at theFirst Presbyterian Church of Camilla.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mitchell-Baker Service Center, 65 Industrial Drive, Camilla, GA 31730.