Peggy Shira Nix

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Services for Peggy Shira Nix, 79, of Whitehouse, will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Whitehouse with the Rev. Ray Davis and the Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow at Whitehouse Cemetery in Whitehouse under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Peggy passed away on May 1, 2017 in Tyler. She was born Dec. 3, 1937 in the Pine Springs community near Tyler. She is survived by her devoted husband, C.L. Nix, her children; Jan Nix Cook and husband Louis, Cyndi Nix Hendrix and husband Joe, Cary Nix and wife Sharon, Jamie Nix; her sister Barbara Barrow, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Annie Mae Shira and brother James “Bo” Shira.

Peggy attended Tyler schools where she excelled in her studies, never making a grade below an A, but when she was sixteen, she caught the eye of a lanky young man who was playing basketball for Floyd Wagstaff at Tyler Junior College. C.L. always wanted to marry the girl of his dreams and when he met Peggy, he quit looking. Apparently the feeling was mutual, as she decided to drop out of school and get married just a few months shy of her 17th birthday. She followed C.L. to Stephen Austin State University and then to Whitehouse where C.L. got a coaching job.

She started at General Electric as a secretary. She continued to advance at GE, moving from administration to purchasing and finally into accounting. Her quick ascent was a result of coursework she completed at Tyler Junior College while working and being the mother of four children. She also completed General Electrics’ prestigious Financial Management Program with the highest honors.

Peggy retired from Trane, who purchased GE, after almost 41 years of service. She moved from working for corporate America to working in the family-owned Nix Roses where she has served as the unpaid chief financial officer until her death. Peggy was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Whitehouse where she was very active in her Sunday School Class. She volunteered regularly and served food for the Salvation Army several times a month. She was known far and wide for her unbelievable cooking and hosting large family gatherings.

But Peggy was more than a cook, or an accountant, or a volunteer, she was a role model of selfless Christian service to her family and all that knew her. She took care of those who could not take care of themselves. She’s always been an angel, but now she has her wings.

Visitation will be held at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler on Wednesday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m..

Pallbearers will be her six grandsons: Chris Reisor, Chad Nix, Russell Cook, Kevin Cook, Jordan Nix, James Nix and her sons-in-law Louis Cook and Joe Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Joy Class.

If desired, memorials can be made to the C.L. and Peggy Nix Scholarship Fund at Tyler Junior College established for Whitehouse High School graduates, or to the First Baptist Church of Whitehouse Building Fund.