Edward “Tuck” Ervin Nixon, 85, of Romney passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Hampshire Center after 14 long years battling Parkinson’s Disease. Born August 16, 1932 at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late Harvey F. and Ann (Twigg) Nixon of Old Town, MD.
Besides his parents, Tuck is preceded in death by five brothers; Charles, Wilbur “Nick”, Albert “Ray”, Clifton, and George “Joe” Nixon. A sister; Erma Buckley and a grandson; Roger Keplinger.
Tuck is survived by his wife of 40 years, Twila Faye Nixon. Three daughters; Debbie Hook and husband Larry of Old Town, MD, Robin Benet of Paducka, KY, and Sheila Keplinger of Moorefield, WV. His step daughter; Karen Martin of Fort Ashby, WV. Two sisters; Jane Wagner of Oakland, MD and Marie Morral of Old Town, MD. Five grandchildren, two step grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Also surviving is a special nephew, Donald Nixon and a very, very dear friend, Sam Brick.
Tuck was raised in Old Town, MD and at 20 he enlisted in the US Army. After his military career was over, he returned home and entered the workforce. Tuck and Twila moved to Hampshire Co. in 1977 to Locust Hill Farm (owned by Vincent Melzac) while still working for the B&O and CSX Railroad in Cumberland. In 1980, he retired from the railroad and went to work full time at Locust Hill Farm. Tuck and Twila raised Arabian horses for the late Mr. Melzac, among other duties on the farm, until 2003 when Tuck’s health started to deteriorate. Twila cared for Tuck at home until she could no longer do so and he lived his remaining time at the Hampshire Center.
Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. The memorial service will immediately follow visitation with Pastor Diane May officiating. At the conclusion of the service, interment will take place at Rest Lawn in Cumberland, MD with the Masonic ceremony accorded by Potomac Lodge 100.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Allegany Co. Animal Shelter Foundation Memorial Fund ~ 28 Washington St. ~ Cumberland, MD 21502.