Published 12:00 am Monday, April 20, 2009
Roy Hixson, age 84 of Alabaster, died Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.
Happily married for 61 years, he is survived by his wife, Mary LaMaster Hixson.
He was born June 30, 1924 to Emory Clifton and Mary Belle Powell Hixson in Georgetown, Ky.
He graduated from Great Crossing High School and the University of Kentucky and was a passionate Wildcats basketball fan.
He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Roy had a long and versatile career in engineering, primarily with AVCO/Textron in Nashville, Tenn.
Active in many civic organizations, he was president of the Tennessee Toastmasters and also the Nashville chapter of Professional Engineers.
Roy celebrated life with a joyous, laughing spirit and serves as an exemplary Christian.
Currently a member of First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster (Cumberland), Roy has served as deacon and elder of six churches previously, most recently First Presbyterian Church of Gallatin, Tenn.
Roy is survived by his loving children, Ben (Pat), Ted (Debbie) and Jan Carol (Mike Pemberton); grandchildren Michelle Hixson, Jennifer Hixson Littlefield (Josh), Matthew Hixson, Tyler Hixson, Tricia Hixson, Rachel Pemberton, Tandy Pemberton, Mallory Blewitt Zafino (Dan), Kaylin Blewitt and Alex Blewitt; great-grandson Hunter Hixson; sister Lillian Hixson Rice (Roy) of Maysville, Ky.; and brother William E. Hixson (Martha) of Cynthiana, Ky.
Roy is predeceased by brothers Douglas (Hilda), Elmer (Laverne), C.L. (Ada Katherine), sisters Kathleen Ponder (Robert), Ruby Mildred Hixson, Lucy Friedly (Jacob); and nephews Jim Barnett (Nancy K.) and Paul Barnett (Linda).
Nieces and nephews are Jan Emily Hixson Howard, Wayne Friedly, Patti Hixson Moyers, Marvin Hixson, Ruby Hixson Blackburn, Mary Elizabeth Hixson, Milton Hixson, Dianna Gayle Witt, Mike Gayle and Sara Gayle Shields and many great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Visitation is Tuesday, April 21 from 5-7 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. Memorial donations can be made to first Presbyterian Church of Alabaster (Cumberland) at 8828 Highway 119, Alabaster, Ala., 35007.