J. W. Nix

John Wade “J.W.” Nix, Jr., 94, of Jena, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, February 25, 2019, in LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

J.W. was born December 9, 1924 in the Midway community to the union of his parents, J. W. Nix, Sr. and Lillie Mae Parker Nix.

J.W. grew up in the Midway community, attending local schools and graduating from Jena High School in 1942.

He was halfway through his senior year at JHS when World War II was declared. Upon graduation, he married the love of his life, Berdina Gray. Looking forward to working and raising a family, all that was interrupted in August 1943 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

After basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas, he was sent to Ft. Ord, CA, then on to New Guinea and from there to the Admiralty Islands. During that time, he took part in the invasion of the Leyte Island (Philippines – also known as the Battle of Lyte), all in 1944.

J.W. returned to Jena in January 1946 where he began to pick up the pieces of his life and enrolled at La. College under the GI bill and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. In January 1952 he began teaching at Tullos Elementary, and that fall transferred to teach 7th grade at JHS. He taught math for several grades at JHS until he retired in 1972. During that time, he also taught driver’s education at JHS.

While teaching, J.W. started Nix Electric and Plumbing, which he operated during breaks from the classroom. After retiring from teaching, he devoted his full time to the business and when it become too demanding, he dropped the plumbing service and devoted all his time to electrical service.

J.W. was known and loved by all and he will be greatly missed.

Services were held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Bobby Magee and DeeDee Nix Head officiating.

Interment followed in Jena Cemetery with full military honors, under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Berdina McNeely Nix; one son, Buddy Nix; and one grandson, Tristan Wade Allen.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Linda Kendrick, and husband Charles of Lafayette and Debbie Greggory and husband Terry of Jena; one daughter-in-law, Sarah Nix; his grandchildren John Lee, Dena Lowe, Christie Thomas, Melissa Wold, DeeDee Nix Head; and numerous great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ryan Nix, Tracy Wold, Dennis Head, Scott Thomas, Greg Allen, Josh Perrin, and Tommy Lowe.

Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Lee, John Perrin, Jordan Perrin, Andrew Head, and Levi Perrin.

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