Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, soloist

Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, a church soloist and homemaker, died of a stroke April 1 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. She was 95.

Born Dixie Beatrice Jones in Chapanoke, N.C., she was the daughter of Luther and Ella Jones. She was raised by an aunt in Perquimans County, N.C., after the death of her mother.


"She was known for her beauty, fashion sense, intellect and her singing voice," said a daughter, Joan L. Powell of Pikesville.

She married James Isaac Lightfoot in 1936 and moved to Baltimore. He was one of the first African-Americans hired at the Western Electric Co.'s Point Breeze Works.


The couple raised their family on Gwynns Falls Parkway. She enjoyed cooking and singing. She also made her children's clothes and knitted and did crochet work.

Mrs. Lightfoot was a founder of Highrock Missionary Baptist Church on West Garrison Avenue.

In 1980, she and her husband moved to Elizabeth City, N.C., where she volunteered at a local hospital and was president of the Ministers' Wives, a club. She later returned to Baltimore and lived with her daughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sharon Baptist Church, 1372 N. Stricker St., where she had sung in the choir.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons, the Rev. James I. Lightfoot Jr. of Columbia, Calvin A. Lightfoot of Baltimore and the Rev. Henry N. Lightfoot of Pasadena; three other daughters, Elois L. Coles of Woodstock, Pamela Sanders of Randallstown and Diane Smith of Catonsville; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Her husband of 64 years died in 2000.