Della Ruth Nix

Passed away on February 20, 2019

D. Ruth Nix, 78, of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 20, 2019. She was the daughter of Ida Lena Schmidt and Garry Shellito Medlen and was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years Charles Lee Nix. She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter Vickie McCallie Nix and 10 brothers and sisters.

Ruth retired from TVA having held many Clerical, administrative, and teaching postions, working in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville, and at Sequoyah and Bellefonte. She previously worked at Forrest Cate Ford. She loved travel, sewing, gardening and was a member of Lookout Mountain Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Charles Lee Nix II (Linda Swift) of McDonald, Tennessee and William M. "Marty" Nix (Melinda) of Lookout Mountain, Georgia and grandson William Martin Penley Nix of Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Survivors also include many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including the Rev. Andrew Gans of Houston, Texas.

The family wishes to acknowledge the years of compassionate care provided by Alexian Brothers Valley Residence and Hearth Hospice.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WTCI public television at

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

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Rebecca Rolston-Raymond

February 27, 2019

I cannot remember when Ruth was not my friend. As a neighbor up the road on Lookout Mtn, she was a patient almost 'older sister' during my first 18yrs...until I left home for university, & she to marry. We made playhouses in the woods, ran through the yard sprinkler, swam, played Slap Jack & Monopoly for hours, hiked, climbed boulders, went to the Lookout Mtn Common, attended church together, & much more. She & Charles, her husband to be, even took me on a date with them once!

She had many talents & virtues, which I hope I've retained somehow. Always kind, truthful, fair, intelligent, capable, articulate, goal oriented, ETC! - not to mention beautiful with that red curly hair & trim figure. I envied her sense of style, too.

We missed most of our adult years together, both leaving Chattanooga for a time, exchanging cards now & then. I regret the years apart but know she became the consummate wife, mother, & professional woman. She & her fine husband, Charles, gladly welcomed me back home in 1990, sharing quality time as possible & introducing me to their family.

We both experienced health issues eventually, limiting visits. I am saddened not to be at her graveside service today, remembering attendance at Charles memorial on that same spot years ago. She was then the proverbial "pillar of strength". I will always love & remember you, dear Ruth.

Rebecca Rolston-Raymond

Carolyn Eddings

February 23, 2019

Remembering Ruth Nix from TVA Sequoyah and Chattanooga. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.