November 11, 1929 – March 7, 2020
Opal Rean Nixon, 90, passed from this world on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. She was mother to her five children: Cletus Wayne Nixon, Carita Kuykendall, Peggy Moore, Marilyn Dodd, and Randy Nixon. She was mother in-law to David Moore, Dr. John Dodd, and Jana McCarter Nixon. She was “Mamaw” to fifteen grandchildren: Brad Moore (Dawonia), Kim Marlar (Chad), Michelle Moore, Clay Moore (Candace), James Kuykendall II., Cindy Nixon Caldwell, John David Dodd, Jr. (Kelyn), Todd Moore (Tawana), Dr. Nixon Dodd (Kimberly), Dave Moore (Jana), Dr. Henry Dodd (Kenzie), Dr. William Dodd (Dr. Christian), Jordan Nixon (Janet) , Katie Nixon Thurman (Brandon), and Lily Nixon, twenty-nine great grandchildren: Madison and Madilyn Caldwell, Trey and Makayla Kuykendall, Triston and Ashton Marlar, Kristin Rencher (Colby), Karen Strickland, Gracie and Molly Moore, Alyssa, Alexis, Alex, and Allie Moore, Reece Hardin, Kinsley Moore, Melia and Marlee Moore, John David Dodd lll and Stella Dodd, Daniel, Crews, Connor and Baylor Dodd, Hilton, Lawrence and Porter Dodd, Sloane and Merritt Dodd, and three great-great grandchildren: Liam Strickland, Karleigh Moss and Holley Rencher, and her caregiver Sandy Kuykendall. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Arno Nixon, her first grandchild, Brad Moore, a great-granddaughter Kenzley Moss, a daughter-in-law Betty Jane Austin Nixon, her parents and nine siblings. She was married to the father of her children, Cletus Arno Nixon for over 49 years. They resided on Highway 57 in the Michie, TN area until 1991. Since, she has resided at 3136 Kendrick Road in Corinth, MS. She was born on November 11, 1929 to Aud and Jennie Mask as the ninth of ten children. Married at the young age of 14, she was not quite sixteen when her first child was born. She would give birth to all five of her children by the time she was twenty-six years old. Always an energetic mother, she would play in the yard whether it was basketball or turning cartwheels as her children grew. She could have a meal prepared in a short amount of time while watching over not only her children but any other visiting children that happened to be in her home. She kept up with gardening, canning, laundry all while maintaining a public job most of her life. She worked as a cashier for over fifteen years at local Dollar General Stores. This is mostly where she was known as either “Mamaw” or “Ms Opal” to countless people checking out at her register. She was known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers. She had the ability to immediately connect with people she met. It was often said that she never met a stranger, for soon they would be an acquaintance. She was often encouraged to “retire” by her children but as she would always say, “I have to be busy; I just can’t sit down all the time.” “There is always something to do” For years, she and her family attended Acton church of Christ. After moving to Corinth, she attended and was a faithful member of West Corinth church of Christ. She was very happy attending all church services and visiting with her family and church family at every service. One of her favorite things was to check on her neighbors, friends, and always checked on her children by calling them to make sure they were alright after a night’s sleep or after a storm threat. She also loved for others to call her on the phone often just to chat. She loved people. The thrill of a new baby being born into the family was a happy time for her. Another favorite thing for her to do was baking a yellow cake with wonderful home-made chocolate icing for children and grandchildren’s birthdays. She had strength to overcome so much in life and was blessed to have longevity in her favor. Her father lived to the age of 106 years. Her ability to survive the difficult times of her generation was amazing to many. She will be missed so very much by her family, friends and acquaintances. Thank you for loving and “listening” to her. She loved so many people. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from so many wonderful people. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth, MS on Monday, March 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again Tuesday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m.
- Visitation Monday, March 9, 2020
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020
Thinking about all of you. Your mother was such a sweet & kind lady. Loved her!
March 8, 2020
My dear great aunt Opal, how special she was to all who came in contact with her. I remember as a child visiting her and uncle Arno at their house in Michie. She always called me doll or baby. As an adult it never changed. She was lovable. When she hugged you, you could feel the love. She talked of growing up and how she ran away with uncle Arno to get married and jumping a ditch and losing a shoe. Her sister in law, my grandmother, spoke of how tight they were and aunt Opal would say the Gerneal was more like a sister to her. She was known as Bo in the family and when my mother,Florine, came along, she became Bo also. Oh the love that flowed from her. What laughter and gentleness that came from her. She made everyone’s day brighter. She was concerned on how you were doing. She expressed interest in you. I can feel the touch of her little hands that were so soft when they touched you face. She always said goodbye by saying, “Aunt Opal loves you doll. Don’t forget aunt Opal and keep in contact.” She was my doll. Nothing but the best of persons. I will miss her but my love for her with always be in my heart.
My thoughts are with my cousins. She was the BEST!
Much love. She is already missed,
March 8, 2020
Oh where do I begin?
I first met Opal ( Mamaw) when her husband, Arno got sick. I was working at MRHC. We quickly became friends. I quickly became friends with her children as well.
After her husband died, she was afraid to stay alone so I stayed with her many, many days and nights. I was iced in with her during the ice storm of ‘94.
What precious, precious memories I made over the years with her and Peggy, Carita and Marilyn: too many to share here.
Then my father died, and I couldn’t stay with her as much, because my mother needed me. Time went on, years passed and I lost touch for long periods of time, which I regret.
Life seems to carry us in many directions. I am glad that, for a while it carried me to Opal Nixon and her family (Which has recently been revealed to be my family as well, tho it be distant.)
I loved her. I love all of you. I miss you.
My prayers are with you all.
March 8, 2020
As all others who knew her, I loved her too. she has been my neighbor for 17 years, and even when I saw her in dollar general store, she always knew who I was, and had a minute to talk, no matter how busy she was. I went to school with her children, and want to wish God's blessings to each one. But God is good, she stayed a long time on this earth. yes, Ms. Opal, you will be missed. Rest in Peace dear lady, we'll see you again one day!!
March 8, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family.
March 7, 2020
I met “Mamaw Opal” when Mr Arno got sick. We quickly became close. I often went to visit her. She is and was one of the best I’ve ever known. I will forever hold her near and dear to my heart!! She will be missed, that’s for sure. I sure loved her and I’m heartbroken!! Prayers for this dear family!!!
March 7, 2020
Spent several nights many,many years ago in this ladies home when i use to spend the night with one of her daughters Carita. She was a special beautiful lady who was kind to all. Prayers for all her precious family.