Irene Akers Nixon, 98, of Christiansburg, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013. She was born on October 4, 1914, in Floyd. Mrs. Nixon worked at the overall factory in her younger years, and her last employment of which she was very fond was Wade's Supermarket, where she worked until she was almost 80. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Thomas Nixon, Jr.; her daughter, Shelby Kingrea; her parents, Mason and Willie Akers; and five brothers, Paige, Cleve, Jay, Ralph and George Akers. Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Ravanal and Bobby Huff, Charles Kingrea, Donna and Glenwood Martin, Judy and Denny Wells; seven grandchildren, Bobby L Huff, Stephanie Yates, Kimberly Ingram, Stacy Martin, Tammy Martin-Whorley, Kayla Chaffin, Matthew Wells; three stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a special niece, Lois Tatum; and a special friend and neighbor, Alonzo Hardy.
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She was dearly loved by her family and friends, and will be missed. Tammy was Granny's buddy, and the two went everywhere together, even Tech football games.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Marlan Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The family expresses thanks to a special caregiver, Tasha for the good care for the past four years and other caregivers, Aliver', Kathy, and Crystal in the recent months. Condolences to the family may be made at www.gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.com.
Published in Roanoke Times on Aug. 27, 2013