Wallace S. Nixon Obituary:
Funeral Date: 6/26/2006
Wallace S. Nixon, age 84, of Hermitage, Arkansas died Friday, June 22, at Gardner Nursing home, Star City. He was born November 9, 1921 at Hermitage, Arkansas a son of the late Earnest Beard Nixon and Floy Ivey Nixon. He was a member of the Hermitage Baptist Church, a substitute mail carrier for Hermitage Post Office for 37 years and was a 1939 honor graduate of Hermitage High School. After graduation he enrolled in the Arkansas Trade School at Little Rock to study sheet metal work and riveting in order to work at an aircraft plant in Memphis. Upon graduating he was drafted into the U. S. Army in l942 at Fort Chaffee. He was sent to Camp Wallace, Texas for basic and then to Fort Sheridan, Illinois where he was assigned to Battery D 388th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. He was reassigned to Camp Stewart, Georgia where he trained with the 10th Army Division Eastern Defense Command. The Division worked in an aircraft plant first because they needed the planes. He was then reassigned to New York City where the guns were placed on the tall buildings When the Germans surrendered he was reassigned to Seattle and shipped to Pearl Harbor and on to the South Pacific, Okinawa, the Marshall Islands, the Carolina Islands and onto Korea. He was awarded a Sharpshooters Medal, World War II Victory medal, American Theater and OP Theater ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars. One of his ships was attacked by a Kamikaze. After 4 years in the army he witnessed the surrender of Japan and the signing of the peace treaty. He was reassigned to Inchon, Korea as a Military Police with the occupation forces. He was discharged on January 29, 1946 at Fort Chaffee. The Little Rock Barber School was next and after completion he operated Nixon’s Barber shop in Hermitage for 55 years. Surviving is his wife Adell Cox Nixon whom he marred on April 19, 1947; 2 daughters Dayna Bussell and spouse Earl, Warren, Ark. and Linda Ballinger, Star City, Ark; 4 grandchildren Greg Haley and spouse Brandy and Glenn Haley and spouse Amber all of Star City, Ark, Daryl Bussell and spouse Amber, White Hall, Ark and Brittany Bussell, Warren, Ark; 3 great grand sons. A sister Estelle N. Hosman also preceded him in death. Graveside services were 10:00 am Monday, June 26, at Holly Springs Cemetery at Hermitage, Ar. with Rev. Mike Colvin officiating. Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jeff Peebles, Lynwood Dees, Kenneth Newman, Earl Bussell and Gary Vickers.