This is my adoptive dad Col. James Henry Nix who passed away Sept. 12 of this year. Although I didn't have him as my dad for very long, he showed me what it was truly like to have a loving father and what it was like to be a loved daughter. This was a strong man in stature even with Myasthenia Gravis and Parkinson's disease. He was a man who dearly loved his large family. He lovingly accepted me into the arms of that family and I will forever be grateful. He was a quiet man of few words. He never talked about his time in the Korean or Viet Nam war because he chose to keep the tragedies to himself so the family wouldn't worry. He was highly decorated but a humble man.
He was also a rascal! He had a great sense of humor especially when he'd accidently knock me over with his motorized wheel chair while he was hitting warp speed throughout the house! He loved to garden and watch the wildlife come into the back yard. That included deer, squirrels, birds racoons, and the hawks that would land in the pine trees.
His wife Dottie *mom*, his beautiful bride of 49 years passed away last year after Thanksgiving. And dad missed her everyday of his life.
Dad loved his country and instilled this love in his family. I will miss this man...my dad, every day of my life.
Thank you dad for loving me. And thank you to all the veterans and active military, which includes my oldest son Austin. for serving our country!
Sometimes I'm confused by what I think is really obvious. But what I think is really obvious obviously isn't obvious.