Edward "Tuck"'s Story

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Edward Ervin "Tuck" Nixon, 85, of Romney, W.Va., passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Hampshire Center after 14 long years battling Parkinson's Disease.
Born Aug. 16, 1932, at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland he was the son of the late Harvey F. and Ann (Twigg) Nixon of Oldtown. 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 Oldtown, Robin Benet of Paducka, Ky., and Sheila Keplinger of Moorefield; his stepdaughter, Karen Martin of Fort Ashby; two sisters, Jane Wagner of Oakland and Marie Morral of Oldtown; 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 Oldtown 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 County 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 fulltime 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, Sept. 23, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m. 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 with the Masonic ceremony accorded by Potomac Lodge 100.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation Memorial Fund, 28 Washington St., Cumberland, MD 21502.
Published on September 16, 2017
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