"He was a good, fun loving person."
Blake Mounce was a cousin to Cody Dixon. However, he said, they were more like brothers.
That was seemingly the relationship Dixon had to all those around him, that level of closeness. Like a brotherhood.
And they fondly remember him.
Dixon, 29, died Wednesday as the result of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ky. 914 and Oak Hill Road.
According to Somerset Police, a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup was turning left from the bypass onto eastbound Oak Hill Road and struck the southbound Suzuki motorcycle that Dixon was riding.
Dixon died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, according to authorities.
According to his friend Jay Stroud, Dixon had recently begun riding a motorcycle again as a recreational activity.
"There were a few of us that rode them some years ago," he said. "He was kind of getting back into it as a way for him to get away. It was kind of a stress relief."
It was one of the many types of on-wheels activities Dixon enjoyed. Both Mounce and Stroud talked about how they and Dixon grew up riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes and skateboards for fun.
"I've known him since I was young, 6 or 7," said Stroud. "We all grew up together at Family Worship Center in Waynesburg. He really enjoyed family and friends, others' company. He enjoyed being out on the far."
Stroud noted that when they were kids, they'd go out and get "lost in the woods," enjoying a traditional boy's childhood that helped formed a bond that lasted between them into adulthood.
"He was a good guy, always in a good mood," said Stroud. "He always had a smile on his face."
Dixon's aunt, Lori Mounce, recalled how the family and cousins lived close together on family farm property in Lincoln County, and how the boys would always be at one another's house.
"He was an outdoors kind of person, not an inside person," she said.
More recently, Dixon was living in Somerset and working for the Coca-Cola company locally.
Lauren Gregory, another of Dixon's cousins and Blake's sister, who always used to play with Dixon as a kid, noted that he had a 2-year-old daughter, Brooke, who "really changed his life" after she was born.
"He loved being with her taking care of her, being a daddy to her," said Gregory. "He always lit up when she was around."
Funeral arrangements for Cody Dixon are pending with Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.