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Ann W. Nixon

February 12, 1924 July 4, 2019
Ann W. Nixon
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Mrs. Annie Bell “Ann” Winters Nixon, 95, of Moss Point, MS passed away peacefully after a brief illness on July 4, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John A. Nixon, Sr. and her son Officer Jeffery Glenn Rugheimer.
She is survived by 4 of her children: John A. Nixon, Jr. (Kathy), Mary White (Jay), Teresa Mowdy (Robbie), and Tammy Howell (Michael); 11 grandchildren: John Ashley Nixon (Roxann), Jessica Pool (Mark), Julia Cartee (Jared), Bettina White, Alena White, Robert White, Rachel Lawrence (Jeremiah), Emily-Ann Higginbotham (Jacob), Jordan Howell (Jennifer), Brittany Gipson (Bryan), Skyler Howell, and 25 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
Ann was born on February 12, 1924 in Hope Mills, N.C. to Raymond T. Winters and Annie Mae Fort Winters. She had one sister, Bonnie Dittman. She graduated from Fayetteville High School just as the United States entered WWII. She worked in the procurement and parts department at Fort Bragg during the war. After high school, she attended Perkinston Junior College where she was a Perkette dancer.
Her primary occupation was bookkeeping, which she excelled with her incredible organizational skills. In fact, she was working as a bookkeeper for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Fayetteville when she met and married John Nixon. Over the years, she worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses in North Carolina and then Mississippi. She was blessed with several creative talents such as sewing, crocheting, and art. She loved sharing those talents with others by teaching many arts and sewing classes, and she was a longtime member of the Jackson County Art Association. Before her move to North Mississippi, she was an active member of Escatawpa Baptist Church and loved her church family there.
After the untimely death of her oldest son, Officer Jeffery Rugheimer, she worked tirelessly to petition for laws that required backup alarms on heavy machinery in the state of Mississippi. She also worked toward getting laws passed that protect the rights of consumers of cemeteries.
Ann devoted her life to her children and later her grandchildren, teaching them the many skills she had acquired over the years. She was known as “Granny” and she loved sharing with them her love of sewing, art, playing cards, and game shows. Her lap (and heart) was big enough for any grandchild who needed to be held. She loved to crochet and once made 250 hats for a mission’s project for her church. She also loved going to the Pascagoula Senior Citizen’s Center and went on many trips and outings with her many friends there. Ann will be remembered for her love for others and her infectious laugh.
Visitation for Ann is set for 10 AM on Monday, July 8 at Heritage Funeral Home, with the funeral to follow at 11. Her son, Dr. John A. Nixon, will officiate.
Heritage Funeral Home, locally owned and operated in Moss Point/Escatawpa, MS, is in charge of arrangements. You may view and sign the online register book for Ann Nixon at www.heritagefuneralhome.us


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Visitation

Monday

8

Jul

10:00 AM 7/8/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/8/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Home

9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562
Moss Point, MS 39562

Heritage Funeral Home
9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562 Moss Point 39562 MS
United States

Service

Monday

8

Jul

11:00 AM 7/8/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Home

9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562
Moss Point, MS 39562

Heritage Funeral Home
9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562 Moss Point 39562 MS
United States
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