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Roosevelt Nix

Roosevelt Nix

Aug 11, 1943 - Mar 10, 2020
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Roosevelt Nix, 76, affectionately known as Rosie, Junior, Papa and Fat Stanley as his daughter Londa called him, was born August 11, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama to the union of the late Theodore and Jimmie Nix. After a gallant fight, he peacefully gained his wings on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at home, with the love of his life by his side.

Rosie accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age while attending Third Baptist Church. He joined St. Paul AME Zion in the early 70’s under the direction of Reverend. George W. Maize III where he served as a trustee for many years.

Rosie moved to Toledo, Ohio with his parents at the age of two and attended Hillcrest and Lincoln Elementary Schools and Macomber High School. 0n November 29, 1961, he joined the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged on October 11, 1965. Rosie then went on and was just two credits short of an Associates Degree from the University of Toledo. Soon after he left the Air Force, he began his long working career at Doehler-Jarvis where he worked until 1969. On December 29, 1969 he began his career at Sun Oil Refinery where he spent over 45 years. He retired several times but continued to be drawn back to the plant to “Hug that Hard Cold Steel.”

Rosie was a member of the Hyatt Allen American Legion Post #538 where he served as Commander for at least three terms. He also served as Lucas County Commander for the American Legion from 1988-1989. He was also a member of Prince Hall Grand Amazon Lodge #4 and the Golden Rule Elks Lodge #129. Rosie was a current member of the Holland Post #646.

He was an avid football fan following the Pittsburg Steelers where his Grandson, Roosevelt “Rosie” “Delbert” Nix is currently playing as a Fullback. He also followed Michigan State University where his Grandson Micajah Reynolds played defense and in 2014 Rosie, Barb and Londa traveled to Pasadena to see their first Rose Bowl game. Michigan State walked all over Stanford. Rosie also attended the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando after Delbert was selected as a fullback. Rosie described that as being one of his top ten experiences in his life. Rosie also loved his Ohio State Buckeyes, and although they choked with Clemson this past season, he looked forward to their comeback in the fall. Every opportunity he had, he traveled coast to coast to attend a game and see his grandsons play. There was also a time that you would often find Rosie, Barb, and the girls throwing strikes at the local bowling alley or piled up in their big brown conversion van seeing the sights on the Washington Mall or New York Harbor.

Rosie kept the highways “hot” traveling, as family was very important to him. For his family and friends, whether a wedding, a funeral, a graduation, or bar mitzvah, Rosie was there! He was a very active member of the National Buford Family Reunion and the Clements-Stinson Family Reunion. He enjoyed cruising around the globe, and spent many holidays and vacations in Nebraska, Colorado, Alabama, Georgia, New York and California with his extended family and friends.

Rosie was married to the love of his life Barbara (Adams) for almost 43 years. To this union, two daughters were born, Rochelle Louise and Rolonda Lynette Nix. Rosie got a second round of grandparenting as we welcomed James, William, and Nevaeh (his Stank) into the family and they became the light and love of his life. He spoiled them rotten and did his best in the time he had with them to nurture and demonstrate what family means with them.

Rosie is survived by his dedicated wife Barbara, daughters Rochelle and Rolonda Nix (Mohamed), son Theodore Roosevelt “June” Nix, brother William (Phyllis) Nix, sisters Betsy, Cecilia, and Gloria Nix, twelve grandsons, two granddaughters, nine great grandchildren, four Brother-in-Laws, three Sister-in-Laws, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family who include Laura Williams (Keith, Kole, and Kyle), Paula Else (Caleb), Pat and Rudy (son) Jones, Melvin (Bro.) and Vera Harrison and Marcia and Lee Madison. All of whom will be a part of his lasting legacy.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Charles Nix, sisters Rosetta, Patricia, and Marsha Nix and daughter Rosalind Nix.

In life, Rosie was known for saying, “Life Is For The Living….” and live he did. He would always say, “Getting Old Ain’t For Sissies”. He was a hard worker and instilled in his children that strong work ethic. The last thing he told his daughter Shelley was, “go to work.” He believed in working hard and playing even harder and that stance took him and his family all over the world.

As a family we pray those memories will hold us as we grieve the physical loss of Dad. While we don’t believe he was ready to leave us just yet, we know, he believed that his Lord does not make mistakes and he would want us to celebrate, have a cocktail or two, and remember all the love and lessons he gave us in this life.
The family would like to thank his St. Paul A.M.E Zion family, Reverend Ronald L. Bailey, Reverend Melody Bowen Hall, Reverend Dwight Gutridge and all the loving staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center of Perrysburg.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 18, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    March 18, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    Address
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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  • Second Visitation

    March 19, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    March 19, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul AME
    Address
    954 Belmont
    Toledo, OH
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  • Service

    March 19, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    March 19, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Paul AME
    Address
    954 Belmont
    Toledo, OH
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  • Interment

    March 19, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    March 19, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address
    1502 W. Central Avenue
    Toledo, OH 43606
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Tyrone Sturdivant

Posted at 08:09pm
We will miss Rosie, and the time our families met and spent time together at 2114 Upton Ave. in the seventies. Never will forget the night Rosie and I bet who could ride their bike from Upton to Pearson Park, With our wives trying to stop us. we both made it there and back. As we know Rosie would never back down. Our daily conversations in the basement by the washing machines, the best we could do for a man cave and sharing our trials and tribulations, family, jobs and of course Inky Pizza.

May God Bless, Barbara
and Family

Tyrone & Gloria Sturdivant
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Roger Adams

Posted at 11:51am
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Love, Michael Rashad and Sybil Booker

Posted at 10:39pm
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Posted at 07:30pm
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The Banks Family

Posted at 04:35pm
" Nix" will remain in our hearts forever.
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