Ernest L. Nix, Sr.
Ernest L. (Jack) Nix, Sr., passed away quietly on August 26, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. A native of Hattiesburg, Mr. Nix had resided at Sunnybrook Retirement Estates in Madison for the past three years.
Mr. Nix was born on August 10,1923, to the late Robert LeRoy Nix and Gladys Jane Strahan of Hattiesburg. He attended Demonstration School on the campus of then-Mississippi Southern College. He was drafted into the Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific throughout the remainder of the war. Although he never spoke much about his experiences, he was involved in the major invasions of Okinawa and Iwo Jima and was aboard ship awaiting orders to invade Japan when word came of the surrender - on his birthday, August 10, 1945.
Mr. Nix returned to Hattiesburg after the war and worked in the plumbing and pipefitting trade. He was a faithful member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in the city. In 1997 he relocated to Madison, where he joined Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Nix was predeceased by his parents; four brothers - twins Hall D. and Paul B. Nix and brothers Wayne L. Nix and James Elmer Nix of Jackson; and a sister, Louise Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Katherine Morren of New Augusta, MS, and by five children - Carolyn Wilson (LH), Vicki Howard (Mike), and Wayne Nix of Madison; Jack Nix (Deborah) of Shreveport, LA; and Jeffrey Nix of Atlanta. Mr. Nix was especially proud of his five grandchildren - Jack Wilson and Kallie Howard Sesti of Madison; Katie Nix of New York City; Emily Nix of New Orleans; and Maria Nix of Atlanta. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church in Madison at 1:00 PM on Thursday, August 28, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow at Natchez Trace Cemetery.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to Dr. Ralph Sulser and Chris Funkhouser of the Internal Medicine Group for years of dedicated care and to faithful employees at Sunnybrook and Covenant Caregivers for their compassionate service.
Sebrell Funeral Home
425 Northpark Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157
Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 27, 2014