CHARLES “RAY” HIXON passed away at 10:00 PM on December 15, 2016. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on October 3, 1922. Ray served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII (1943-1946). In 1959, according to the Indianapolis Times newspaper, Ray was regarded as one of the better sports car drivers, ranking 7th nationally in the Sports Car Club of America’s point standings.
During his life, Ray was an entrepreneur, developing a tract of land that became the Bahama Reef Yacht and Country Club in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. He and his wife, Betty, moved to London, England where they started a business, TELE-JECTOR, LTD, a precursor to big screen TV’s. Ray and Betty traveled extensively throughout Europe while living for 15 years in London. They retired to tiny Lebanon, IN, Betty’s birthplace. However, retirement was not for either of them so they moved to Dallas, TX to join his brother Ken and Jim Bruce in starting Cable Light Corporation, which produced high tech fiber optic fabrications. In 2005, they moved to Phoenix to be near their family there. Ray went into insurance sales in Phoenix. After the death of his beloved wife, Ray moved to Galveston where he enjoyed visiting fellow veterans at the American Legion, of which he was a member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and his son, Michael Hixon; as well as his three sisters.
He is survived by his son, David (Costa Rica); stepson, Rick (Sandy) Johnson of Phoenix; grandson, Justin Hixon (L.A.); grandson, Jeff (Tracee) Johnson; and granddaughter, Jenny (Troy) Schuricht, both of Phoenix; along with 6 great grandchildren; many, many nieces and nephews, as well as his brother, Ken (Mona) Hixon who live in Galveston.
The family wishes to thank Linda Wittine for all of the love and care she gave to Ray over the past few years as his caretaker.
A memorial service will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 30th. Following the service, between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, there will be a tribute to Ray’s life held at the Galveston Country Club, 14228 Stewart Rd., Galveston, TX 77554. Friends and family are invited to attend both the service and the celebration of his life.