|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1841|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 1925|
A fine old veteran of the Civil war and popular incumbent of the office of city assessor of Joplin, Missouri, is Simpson S. Nix, who had character and worth.
He was born in Weakley County, Tennessee. He is a son of Riley F. and Mary Ann (Alexander) Nix, both of whom were born in North Carolina. In the public schools of Tennessee and Kentucky Mr. Simpson S. Nix received his preliminary educational training. At the time of the inception of the Civil war he manifested a great deal of enthusiasm for the cause of the South and one the 10th of October, 1862, he enlisted as a soldier in Company G, Seventh Kentucky Regiment, in which he was given the rank of third lieutenant. He fought with all of valor and faithfulness until the battle of Shiloh, in which he was severely wounded. After convalescing he again proceeded to the front and he continued as a gallant soldier until the 10th of June, 1863, having received his honorable discharge a short time prior to the surrender of Vicksburg. After the close of his military career Mr. Nix returned to his home in Callaway county, Kentucky, where he was appointed deputy sheriff to serve under his father who was the sheriff of the county. The father was also public administrator at one time. During President Cleveland's first administration Mr. Nix's son, Edward D., was appointed marshall of Indian Territory, with headquarters at Guthrie, and at the time the Nix family removed to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where the father became clerk and deputy marshal. In March, 1900, Mr. Nix came to Joplin, Missouri where he was subsequently appointed city street commissioner and where he was the first truant officer. He was honored by his fellow citizens with the election to the office of city assessor, in which capacity he served with the utmost efficiency for the past four years.
On the 29th of November, 1861, was recorded the marriage of Mr. Nix to Miss Rebecca Elizabeth Holland, the ceremony having been performed in Calloway county, Kentucky. Mrs. Nix was born and reared in Kentucky and she is a daughter of William Holland and Mary Jane (Miller) Holland. The father was long engaged in the mercantile business in the old Blue Grass commonwealth.
Mr. and Mrs. Nix have seven children, whose names are here entered in respective order of birth - Edward Dumas,Will M., Leona J., May Etta, Nellie, Lila and Dasiy. The family circle is a very happy one and the spacious and attractive home is widely renowned as a center of gracious and generous hospitality. Mrs. Nix is a woman of rare charm and magnetic personality and she is deeply beloved by all who have come within the sphere of her gentle influence. On the 29th of November, 1910, they celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, at which occasion all the family were present.
In politics Mr. Nix gives a stalwart support to the principles and policies promulgated by the Democratic party and in a fraternal way he is affiliated with a number of representative organizations. In their religious faith the Nix family are consistent members of the Primitive Baptist church, to which philanthropic work they contribute liberally of their time and means. Mr. Nix is popular among all classes of people and his friends are legion, bound in no sense by party lines, religious creeds or social status. His home is his haven and his heaven, and probably no man regards more sacredly the ties and responsibilities of home life than does he. He has lived a life of usefulness such as few men know. God-fearing, law-abiding, progressive, his life is as truly that of a Christian gentleman as any man's can well be.
Riley Franklin Nix (1820 - 1898)
Mary Ann Alexander Nix (1820 - 1899)
Rebecca Elizabeth Holland Nix (1845 - 1939)*
Evitte Dumas Nix (1861 - 1946)*
Leona Jane Nix Jones (1865 - 1951)*
Nellie Nix Ramsey (1870 - 1949)*
Eulalia Nix Graham (1873 - 1952)*
Oak Grove Cemetery
Plot: Old Addition, 44, 11
Maintained by: Lisa McCrehin McKown
Originally Created by: KYWoman
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73562014