Dr.Evelyn Dixon

Dr.Evelyn Dixon

Dr.Evelyn Dixon

We’ve always heard that ole’ saying, “God bless the child that’s got his own”. A true to life example of that is Riverdale’s new mayor, the Honorable Mayor Evelyn Favors Wynn–Dixon. If you have not had the opportunity to feel the warmth of her spirit, then I highly urge you to schedule an appointment with the highly accessible, People’s Mayor. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was born in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Sarah Favors and Grover W. Favors. Evelyn was the oldest of seven siblings; Jeannette, Gardenia, Clarence, Melvin, Claudia and Delores. As a child Evelyn was reared in a historically black community called, Peoplestown. Evelyn attended the Atlanta Public School system at a time when there were only five high schools for people of color. Dr. Dixon was reared in a very loving home with hard working parents who talked to their children and not at their children. She firmly believes that the basis for their existence were that if they truly trusted in God, everything was possible. Today, that remains the philosophy she lives by and wants to convey to her constituency. Upon completing high school with honors, Evelyn attended Fort Valley State College; however, she eventually dropped out at the age of nineteen due to pregnancy. Upon returning home, her mother passed away, leaving her alone with a new born child to care for. Dr. Dixon courageously stepped up to the plate to assist her father in caring for her young siblings. Nearly two years passed before her father remarried. Along with her father’s union, Evelyn also married her best friend and to this union, there were three more children born. Although the marriage ended, Evelyn was left alone yet again to raise four children on her on. Life had rained on her and she felt as though she was left with nothing. Evelyn knows the taste of homelessness all too well. As a result of the abandonment, Evelyn was forced to sleep on the floor of relatives homes before she obtained her first apartment. She recalls that although she was relieved to have shelter for her children, the apartment was infested with rodents. She often found herself using tin cans to keep the rats from coming into the apartment.

After watching a Perry Mason movie where a woman committed suicide & her family became very prosperous. She was fully convinced and fully ready to become a sacrificial lamb so her children could experience prosperity in their lifetime, she decided to commit suicide. She thought this process would work for her but in the bottom of her heart she was cognizant of the fact that suicide would only lead to worst conditions for her children–which would mean more defeat for her. Ironically, at this same time, the teachings of Dr. King, her church and of her parents stood up with her when she thought she was standing alone. Evelyn finished The Bryman School, worked for Dr. Runnette Flowers as her nurse, and after a long period of working, she was determined to attain higher education.

Evelyn graduated from Atlanta Metropolitan College with an AS in, Social Work/ Philosophy, Georgia State University with a BS in Social Work/ Certificate Gerontology and Philosophy, Masters Science Social Work/Gerontology and Hamilton University PhD Public Health. She served as a Case Manager for Grady Health systems for years, and currently serves as Vice President of Metropolitan Hospice in Community Relations.

Evelyn’s children are successful college graduates. She’s also not ashamed to say that she has a son who is incarcerated. Her children are George, William, Demetrius and Maria. Daughters in law are Reta and Leesha Wynn. Grandchildren are Morgan, James, Kali, Sera, Royce, Lena and Taylor. Siblings that are living Jeannette, Gardenia, Delores, Chris and Grover Jr. Parents Grover and Alma Favors

Becoming the mayor of Riverdale did not make her a servant, Evelyn was a servant and community foot soldier long before the campaigning. She was instrumental in establishing a Riverdale Business Coalition, Citizen Advisory Committee, COPS Program, Senior Triad, AARP, Partnered with Clayton Board of Education as a Motivational Speaker, Neighbor Watch Committees, and Lectures for Women Shelters, Fall Festival, Police Academy, Senor Task force, and implemented and participated in many youth programs. So when you meet the Honorable Mayor Dixon, know that she is not just the mayor; she is The Example and a true public servant.