|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1909|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1960|
Rites Pending for Flagstaff resident, 50
Funeral services are pending the arrival of relatives from Florida, for Nix Benjamin Forehand, 50, who died Tuesday morning in the Williams hospital after undergoing surgery there Monday morning.
It is expected services will be held Thursday or Friday at Flagstaff Mortuary and burial will be in the Veterans cemetery here.
Born in Graceville, Fla., April 21, 1909, the deceased had been a resident of Flagstaff the past 14 years. He owned and operated his own trucking business. He was a member of Woodmen Of The World and of the Baptist Church when he lived in Florida. With his family he made his home at 1708 North Center in East Flagstaff.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta Jane, and two sons, Charles and Chester, and a daughter, Wanda Forehand, all of Flagstaff; Another daughter, Mrs. Carl Cavender, lives in Clearwater, Fla.; five sisters, Mrs. Ida May Nolin and Mrs. R.B. Miller, of Elba, Alabama; Mrs. G.T. Arnold, Troy, Alabama, Mrs. G.A. Miller, Phoenix City, Alabama, and Mrs. Lavader Creamer of Phoenix, and two brothers, James E. Forehand of Sampson, Alabama, and H.R. Forehand of Largo, Florida.
--Arizona Daily Sun January 26, 1960
Nix Benjamin Forehand was born in Graceville, Florida, the eighth of ten children born to James Joseph and Lucinda "Susie" Powell. His parents divorced when he was very young, and his father went on to have six more children with his second wife, under the name Joseph James.
When he wasn't much more than a boy, Nix began hopping trains and riding them "out west". He spent time on a ranch in Texas, learning to be a cowboy. He rode the rails all the way to California. Each time he'd be gone for awhile, but always returned home. Family lore has it that sometimes his mother had to send his brothers to fetch him home.
Nix met Roberta Jane "Susie" Lloyd, while he was helping her father learn how to feed his poor family from the ocean. He married her when she was 15 years old, and he was twenty Four. They went on to have four children.
Nix continued his wondering ways after they were married, finally deciding to move his family to Flagstaff, Arizona, a logging town in northern Arizona, set in the pines at the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks.
Their small, 2 room home was built on a large lot, by their teenage sons, from ammunition boxes they got from the nearby Navajo Army Depot. They later went on to also build a large garage to house and work on their company trucks, along with two other homes where their daughters' families later lived. The family purchased a large parcel of land known as "sheeps Hill", on the outskirts of town, and started their own trucking business. They hauled and sold cinders and sand. Susie worked beside her husband and sons, "as hard as any man".
Nix was a big, hard, stubborn man by all accounts, and very strong. He was known to pull engines out of his trucks with his bare hands, using just a chain and A-frame. Unfortunately, these traits proved to be his downfall. He was taken to the Williams hospital, after injuring himself by pulling an engine out of a truck by himself, then waiting several days to seek treatment. He died from toxemia caused by an untreated hernia.
Nix's siblings are: Mallie, Minnie, Ida Mae, Mallie, Ester Estelle, Nollar, Lavada "Vada", Neal Thomas, James Earl & Horace R. "Harse".
His siblings from his father's second marriage are:
Elbert Earl, Loui Paul, Grace Idell, Gladys E., Minnie M., and Joseph J.
James Joseph Forehand (1878 - 1932)
Lucenda Susan Powell Forehand (1871 - 1959)
Roberta Jane Lloyd Forehand McInelly (1918 - 1999)*
Chester Marron Forehand (1938 - 1981)*
Ida Mae Forehand Kyser (1896 - 1968)*
Mallie E. Forehand Miller (1899 - 1983)*
Ester E. Forehand Arnold (1900 - 1987)*
Noler Forehand Miller (1903 - 1979)*
Neal Thomas Forehand (1907 - 1951)*
Nix Benjamin Forehand (1909 - 1960)
Earl Forehand (1911 - 1982)*
H. R. Forehand (1913 - 1983)*
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Originally Created by: Khopper
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
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