PAMPLICO, S.C. (WBTW) — The Florence School District 2 and Hannah-Pamplico Community are mourning the loss of former football and basketball coach Henry Mack Dixon.
According to staff members, Dixon was more than just a coach; he was a mentor, a friend, someone who stick by you, an ICON. He dedicated 50 years of his life to Hannah-Pamplico High School.
“As I walk these halls, I think about the number of children’s lives that he has impacted in his 50-year career,” Sterling Mosby, principal of Hannah-Pamplico High School, said.
Current head basketball coach Jimmy Williams is one of those lives he touched.
“My relationship with coach Dixon probably started when I got off the bus in this district in kindergarten,” Williams said. “He’s been a part of every major accomplishment in my life. He’s been there for when I graduated from college, high school, middle school, the birth of my child and the birth of my last child.”
According to the district, Dixon wore many hats during his time at the high school. He was a teacher, counselor, and more. He also led the school to its only state championships boy’s track in 1987 and 1990.
“You would work hard for coach,” Williams said. “He expected a lot. When he spoke, you would listen, and everything he told us was something to make you better. Coach never told us anything wrong.”
Rusty Turner, a career specialist at Hannah-Pamplico High School, said he knew Dixon when he was in 7th grade. Turner spoke about many memories of Dixon, including when he was in high school and they used to drive school buses and Dixon was his bus supervisor.
“He’s going to be deeply missed in this Pamplico community,” Turner said. “Like I said, he was an icon here for 50 years at this school. So, he touched a lot of lives over the years. Mine was one of them.”
Following is a statement from Florence County School District 2 regarding Dixon’s passing:
PAMPLICO, S.C. — The Board of Trustees and the administrators, faculty, and staff of Florence
County School District 2 are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Coach Henry Mack
(H.M.) Dixon. Dixon was a beloved and dedicated community leader, administrator, teacher,
counselor, coach, and colleague for over five decades in Florence County School District 2.
Dixon began his career in Florence 2 in 1968 as a physical education teacher and coach at
Gibbs High School. Over the next 50 years, he served in various administrative and guidance
roles within the district including guidance counselor, career development facilitator, principal,
assistant principal, director of the challenge program, and director of transportation. Dixon also
served as the school’s athletic director, head football coach, assistant football, head track and
field, head girls basketball coach, head JV boys’ basketball, and head cross country coach.
Dixon officially retired in June 2019.
While Dixon coached various sports with dedication and distinction, his passion was track and
field. Dixon amassed over 30 Region Track Coach of the Year Honors. His teams won 11
Region Championships in track and field in addition to numerous individual track state titles.
In May 1987, the former Senator T.E. Smith introduced a concurrent resolution adopted by both
the Senate and House to commend and congratulate Dixon and his Hannah-Pamplico High
School boys track team on gaining the school’s first state championship in any sport by
capturing the Class A state track crown. Dixon’s boys track team added the school’s second
Class A state title in 1990 and his track team was state Class A runner-up in 1993.
Dixon was certified with the US Track and Field Association where he spent countless hours as
an official at Coastal Carolina University and University of South Carolina track and field events.
In July 2018, Dixon was recognized by South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association for 50
years of service. He was inducted into Hannah-Pamplico High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.
Dixon participated actively in many organizations that promote the well-being of the
community’s children and families, including his church, civic groups, and service organizations.
Dixon was a sound source of advice and insight for faculty and staff and a trusted mentor for
students and district leaders alike. He was a beloved public servant, community leader, father,
and friend. Dixon will be greatly missed by all of us in the Hannah-Pamplico community. We
are deeply indebted to him for his many years of service and his sincere commitment to all