Wendell B. Nix

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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Wendell B. Nix, 84, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021.

The funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Humphries officiating.  Interment followed at Roselawn Memory Gardens with Winston Brock Jr., Bruce Usery, Ernie Gilstrap, David Helms, Roger Edmunds, Chuck Rich, Bob Henderson, Richard Smith, and Blair Nix serving as active pallbearers. Members of the Penny Lambert Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 1401 Oak Drive. (Please enter on Culbreth.) Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. Memorial donations may be made to: Bainbridge Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 1030 Boxwood Drive, Bainbridge, Ga. 39819 or First Baptist Church Audio/Video Fund, PO Box 155, Bainbridge, Ga. 39818.

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Wendell B. Nix was born December 8, 1936, in Nashville, Ga., the son of Bill & Evelyn Mathis Nix. He was a graduate of Southern School of Pharmacy at Mercer University. Wendell married Anita King in 1959 and shortly afterwards made their home in Bainbridge. He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church and secretary and treasurer of Penny Lambert Sunday School Class. Wendell retired from Bennett Nix Drug Store but continued to serve his community with Revco and CVS for a number of years.

Nicknames like “DocDoc”, “Smiley”, “Sonny”, and “Sunshine” come with their own stories that bring up a special memory and a smile. Wendell loved his community, his people, and he let them know it. His nature was to care for others, and he never minded a call on Saturday or Sunday. Wendell enjoyed cooking breakfast at the pharmacy, but those burgers and milk shakes were legendary. The soda fountain is in the history books as making childhood complete for many and adulthood enjoyable for others. DocDoc spent his leisure time at the farm. He raised cattle, cut more firewood than you can imagine, and wore out a chainsaw or three. The light in his eyes was his Blair. He treasured every moment teaching him the ways of the world and watching him grow as a precious grandson, son, husband and father.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anita King Nix; his children, Wendell & Carla Nix of Bainbridge and Sabrina Nix of Tallahassee, Fla.; his grandchildren, Blair & Mariana; his great-grandchildren, Noah & Aliyah; his siblings, Billy Ruth Wright of Lynchburg, Va., Emerson & Mattie Nix of Valdosta, Ga., Gay Glover of Pelham, Ga., and Wilson & Denise Nix of Bellavista, Arkansas; and his loved & very spoiled Boston terrier, Pixie. In addition to his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by his sister, Ava Lou Kelly.

The Nix Family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Kindred Hospice, especially Joanna Hatfield, Gloria, Harriet, and Shay, for their care and compassion, and to Gay Nix Glover for standing in the gap during our times of need. Dr. Patel, Carson, Earnestine, Susan Barnard, and Robin aka “The Purple Hair Lady” at Florida Cancer Specialists loved us through this journey and we are forever grateful.

The service will be livestreamed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fbcbainbridge.