TEMPLE — Family, friends and fellow law-enforcement officers will begin saying farewell tonight to Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon, who was shot and killed in the line of duty June 19.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Bible Church; the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, also at Temple Bible Church, 3205 Oakview Drive.

Following the service, a procession will take Dixon to the Bell County Expo Center, where he will receive full police honors, said Lt. Donnie Adams, Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Thursday’s service is expected to end about 11 a.m., after which Dixon will be escorted from Temple Bible Church to the Bell County Expo Center by way of Little River-Academy, Adams said.

Individuals in the area wishing to pay respects to Dixon after the funeral are asked to line up along the walking trail on Farm-to-Market 436 in Little River-Academy, Little River-Academy Fire Chief David Borders said.

The procession to the Expo Center will leave Temple Bible Church on Cottonwood Drive and take Southeast Loop 363 south to State Highway 95. The procession will turn south onto State Highway 95 until it reaches Little River-Academy, where it will turn right onto FM 436 and continue toward Loop 121, Adams said.

All East Bell County fire departments are expected to line the roadway and a cross ladder is expected to be placed east of Interstate 35 on Loop 121.

After the procession reaches the Expo Center, a police honor service will be held. Austin Police Pipe & Drum Corps will escort Dixon to the raised dais and a folded flag will be presented to his family. Following a 21-gun salute, a bagpipe will end the service with “Amazing Grace.”

A reception will be held at the Expo Center following the service, Adams said.

Since Dixon will be cremated, no public burial service is planned.

Dixon’s family requests that donations be made in his name to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department in lieu of flowers. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 1563, Belton, TX 76513.

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