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Live Oak City Councilman dies at age 65

By Tami Stevenson

Photo Right: Keith Mixon at 2015 JAB Fest.
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Visitors and residents of the City of Live Oak have noticed royal blue ribbons placed on light poles in the downtown area and in Festival Park in honor of Live Oak City Council President Keith Mixon who was found dead in his home on February 26. Mixon was 65 years old and known throughout the community as a hard working advocate for the City of Live Oak. Whether it was chairing a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, a city council meeting or planning the Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival, a very successful annual music and arts fest that originated with Mixon. He was an individual unafraid to roll up his sleeves to go to work to make things happen for his community.

Love INC Executive Director Lisa Kriehn spearheaded the move to place royal blue ribbons to show tribute to Keith Mixon for his service and dedication to Live Oak.

Kriehn said about Mixon, “... a hard working, very passionate and strong voice for this community. Rest in peace my friend and thank you so much for all you have done for us. Royal blue was his favorite color.”

A viewing service was held Wednesday, March 1, at Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak. The funeral service was held Thursday, March 2, at First Baptist Church, also in Live Oak, at 11 a.m.

The Suwannee Valley Times worked with Mixon on a number of occasions throughout the years and his enthusiasm for the growth and success of Live Oak will be sorely missed by his professional colleagues. Our sincerest condolences are with Mixon’s family and friends.