Obituaries » Robert Allen “Bob” Nixon

The family will receive friends at Freedom Baptist Church located at 1595 Turkey Foot Road, Forest on Friday evening, March 25. from 5pm-8pm.  A celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Freedom Baptist Church beginning at 11:00am with Pastor John Thompson officiating.   A graveside service will follow at Virginia Memorial Park.    There will be a reception at the church for the family following the burial.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Freedom Baptist Church.  Tharp funeral home is assisting the family.

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Robert Allen “Bob” Nixon

February 26, 1935 - March 21, 2022

Robert Allen “Bob” Nixon went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 21, 2022.  Bob was born in Coeburn, VA on February 26, 1935.  Bob is survived by his wife of 63 and a half years, Iona May Robinette Nixon, as well as five children:  Michael (Faith), Robin, Randal (Lessy), Chris (Karen) and Russ (Tanya.)

Bob was the son of Mary Myrtle Lucas Nixon and Ezra Everett Nixon, both deceased.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Joan Odle and Vicey Sarver as well as his brother, Jerry Nixon. Bob’s surviving siblings include Frankie Lythgoe, Danny Nixon (Linda), Judy Davis (Gary), and Ricky Nixon (Mary).

The absolute joy and love of Bob’s life were his fourteen Grandchildren and eighteen Great-Grandchildren.  Despite his gruff exterior and stubbornness at times, the deep sorrow that is felt in our hearts is evidence of the loving, giving and caring person that Bob was.   His deep devotion to the congregation of Freedom Baptist Church, his long-time leadership in the Brookville Ruritan Club and to the citizens of Campbell County exemplify a life well lived in service and love for all.   Bob was also a passionate hunter and fisherman who shared the love of everything outdoors with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  The hours spent watching the deer outside of his own window brought him great pleasure and delight which he shared with all.

Bob was retired since 1997 as an accountant for Craddock Terry Shoe Corporation and as Controller for Hill Brothers Shoe Corporation.  Upon retirement, Bob continued to use his business skills in support of Nixon Land Surveying through July of 2019.  Bob’s hours spent as a volunteer for countless church, community and service organizations are an integral part of his work history and provided a meaningful retirement for him.  It’s impossible to count the number of tickets he collected at Brookville High School football games alone.  Go Bees!!!

The family will receive friends at Freedom Baptist Church located at 1595 Turkey Foot Road, Forest on Friday evening, March 25. from 5pm-8pmA celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Freedom Baptist Church beginning at 11:00am with Pastor John Thompson officiating.   A graveside service will follow at Virginia Memorial Park.    There will be a reception at the church for the family following the burial.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Freedom Baptist Church.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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Iona and all the family, our prayers and heart felt condolences go out to you. I smiled all through the "slide" presentation and had to wipe away a few tears of sadness and joy at the end. The photo of the "new" 1950(?) Buick brought back wonderful memories. Bob was quiet special and your love for him and his for you was moving. With love, Cousin Rodney Rex and Shirley Gearheart.

Posted by rodney gearheart on March 28, 2022

Iona, Mike, Robin, Randal, Russ and Chris I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was always good to me and my family we had fun since my earliest memories! I loved your Dad and respected him and his Christian values. We will see him again. I am sorry I am sick and can't be there. God bless each of you. I will be praying for you. Craig, Annie and Ben Snapp

Posted by Craig, Annie and Ben on March 25, 2022

So sorry for your loss. Bob was a nice gentleman and I enjoyed working with him on the CC Recreation Board. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Peggy Neumann on March 24, 2022

Russ and Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pat Brooks on March 24, 2022

Russ and Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pat Brooks on March 24, 2022

Bob was almost in my family before I was. He was our next door neighbor on the hill overlooking our house and my sister Iona was his sweetheart. They loved each other so much that they got married when I was only about a year and a half old so believe me when I say after 63 years of him being my brother-in-law, "He was an excellent man to be Iona's husband, Michael's, Robin's, Randall's, Chris's, and Russ's father and grandfather and great-grandfather to all the kids and the brother-in-law to my brothers and sisters and I. He was very knowledgeable about sports, hunting, and guns but the main thing is that he knew God and that Jesus could be our savior. That ought to tell everyone what a fine man he was. I love him, my son, Luke, loves him and my wife, Melinda, loves him too even though she only met him a few times over 22 years because of the great distance between our homes. Everyone should be thankful that they knew him.

Posted by Mark Robinette on March 23, 2022

My heart breaks for my Aunt Iona and all my beautiful cousins. I will never forget the true gentleman Uncle Bob always was. Always welcoming and a joy to see even when it had been to long. Rest easy sir. God bless you and your family. Love, Ben

Posted by Ben Nixon on March 23, 2022

Mike & Family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

Posted by Mike & Jo Ann Weeks on March 23, 2022

Mike & Family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

Posted by Mike & Jo Ann Weeks on March 23, 2022

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