John Edward Nixon Jr.
April 25, 1924 – April 27, 2018
John Edward Nixon, Jr. passed away on April 27, 2018. He was born in Batesville, Mississippi (Panola County) on April 25, 1924. He was the son of John Edward Nixon Sr. and Gola Estelle Anthony Nixon of Panola County, Mississippi, Fluvanna County, and Buckingham County, Virginia. He was a distinguished student in the public schools of Panola County, Mississippi. He worked in the business community of Fluvanna County, Virginia. He lived in Bremo Bluff, Arvonia, and Fork Union, Virginia (Fluvanna County). His personal papers are in the Alderman Library of UVA. For sixteen years he co-edited the quarterly of poetry, “The Lyric.” His poetry appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Saturday Review, Commonwealth, Mademoiselle, Arizona Quarterly, and Washingtonian. He also received the Bellaman Award. John is predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Miles Archie Nixon, Samuel Anthony Nixon, Sr., and Rubye Fowler Hubbard. He is survived four nephews and three nieces. Interment will be at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pope, Mississippi. John had a life-long love of all the fine arts. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com.
John Edward Nixon Jr.
Frances Morris White
May 2, 2018
I grew up in Bremo and was a friend to the Nixon Family all of my life. John was a wonderful person and I feel so fortunate to have known him so many years. I always remember him walking down the street in Fork Union and working with the Omohundro Family at the oil company. His poetry and writings were so beautiful and his friendship with the Morris Family, especially Sarah Morris was special. We are so sorry for his passing but know he is in a better place. Love, Tee Morris White
April 30, 2018
Julia and family, here is some of what I shared with the Fork Union Military Academy community:
John was not directly associated with the academy, but was a friend to many of us old timers. Over twenty years ago Amy and I were planting a garden behind faculty row. A man came out to chat with us, and that began a friendship that spanned over two decades.
Dennis Brown, former chairman of the English Department, called John, “the most erudite man I know.” (I remember this because I had to look up the word, erudite). When I needed a proof reader for the papers I had to write for my Master’s, John was the man. His word choice was precise and elegant. He was quick with a “thank you” note in script that was just short of calligraphy-- neat, clean, perfect. He knew more about French and English monarchies than I will ever know, loved Greta Garbo, art from the Romantic Period, and the ballet. My last visit with him we watched excerpts from Swan Lake.
John was a good friend, whose wit and companionship we enjoyed. Amy and I will miss him.
Thomas & Libby Widgeon
April 28, 2018
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