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Apr. 10, 1841 Weakley County Tennessee, USA
Jun. 1, 1925
Veteran of the Civil war and popular incumbent of the office of city assessor of Joplin, Missouri.
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. 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. 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, Evette Dumas, 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 four years. Mr. and Mrs. Nix have seven children, whose names are here entered in respective order of birth - Evitte Dumas, Will M., Leona J., May Etta, Nellie, Lila and Dasiy. In politics Mr. Nix gave stalwart support to the principles and policies promulgated by the Democratic party and in a fraternal way he was affiliated with a number of representative organizations. In their religious faith the Nix family were consistent members of the Primitive Baptist church, to which philanthropic work they contributed liberally of their time and means. Mr. Nix was said to be popular among all classes of people and his friends were legion, bound in no sense by party lines, religious creeds or social status. His home was his haven and his heaven, and no man regarded more sacredly the ties and responsibilities of home life than he. He lived a life of usefulness such as few men know. God-fearing, law-abiding, progressive, his life was truly that of a Christian gentleman as any man's can well be.