Served as mayor: December 1, 1961–November 30, 1963
Kelly Dixon was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina, to Robert and Frances Watterson Dixon. He was a minister and carpenter, building houses. During his time as mayor, he asked for a leave of absence so that he could run for Senator. He did not win. In his later years, he served as the volunteer chaplain at Kings Mountain Convalescent Center and taught a men’s Bible class at his church.
Kelly was married to his wife, Elizabeth “Blanche” Patterson Dixon, for 60 years. The couple had nine children together.
Kelly Dixon passed away at the age of 82.