October 27, 1939 ~ July 9, 2011

Born in: Henderson Co., NC,
Resided in: Bat Cave, NC

Harvey Clyde Nix, Jr., 71, of Bat Cave, died unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, July 09, 2011. H. C. was born in a pre- Civil War dwelling on Bearwallow Road in Henderson County, NC. He was the son of the late Harvey Clyde and Louise Stroupe Nix. He was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School (Asheville High) in 1956. He played baritone horn in the high school band. He then attended NC State University where he continued playing trombone in a dance band, marching band, and sang in Men's Glee Club. He received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 1960 and was known as 'the kid' as he was much younger than his classmates. Much support for his education was in part to a special scholarship program arranged by Dave Steel where he worked summers and after graduation. Because jobs were scarce for nuclear engineers, he went in the US Army Reserve. His company of the 391st Combat Engineers was activated during the Berlin Crisis, and he continued training at Fort Benning which he participated in Atomic Demolitions /Munitions training. In 1962, he started with DuPont as an engineer at the Savannah River project and served as a reactor department shift supervisor. In 1969, he went to work for Georgia Power Company at Plant McDonough in Atlanta, GA, and in 1970, become the reactor engineer at Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Georgia. He served as Plant Manager of Plant Alvin Vogtle near Augusta, GA, and as Plant Manager at Hatch Nuclear Plant from 1982 to 1990. He moved to Birmingham, AL, and served as the General Manager of Nuclear Support for over five years until retiring in early 1996. He then retired to land where his great-grandparents once resided. He was highly regarded in the nuclear power industry and helped achieve excellent safety ratings at the Hatch facility. He had an integral role in the establishment of Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, GA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Ellington Nix, in 2006, and survived by his current wife, Vivian Elizabeth Sitton-Nix. Survived by: son, Dr. Robert Jay Nix, and his fiancé, Amber Seals of Sherwood, Oregon, and son, Harvey C. Nix III, PA-C of Hendersonville and his wife Leslie, and three grandchildren, Dalton, Ethan, and Ryan. Also, step-son, Victor Sitton of Raleigh, NC and Stephanie, his wife, their children, Alec and Lindsay; step-daughter, Natalie Causby of Atlanta, GA and David, her husband, and their children, Brynley Thomas and Gracie Causby. Also survived by his sister, Norma Jean Rogers, and brother, Daniel Nix and his wife, Debbie, both of Asheville; and brother, Larry Nix, and his wife, Katie, of Rockville, MD. H.C. was a voracious reader and had expansive knowledge in economics, history, astronomy, and politics. He once campaigned for Elect Barry Goldwater for President. His interests in music ranged from Classical to Country, such as Placido Domingo and Merle Haggard. He was an active member of First UMC of Rutherfordton, NC and was a member of Fellowship Sunday School class, served on the administrative council, and enjoyed the "In As Much" activity. He supported R-S High School ROTC Sharp Shooters. He was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, July 11, at West Asheville Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00pm on Tuesday, July 12, at First UMC, 264 N. Main Street, in Rutherfordton, NC. Refreshments will be provided in the social hall. Burial will follow at Tweed's Chapel Cemetery in Fairview, NC. Memorials may be made to Word of Faith Christian (WFCS) Holocaust Museum in c/o Word of Faith Fellowship, 207 Old Flynn Road, Spindale, NC 28160.

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  1. H.C. was a great family man and will be missed. We cousins appreciated his keeping our family heritage alive. Much love to all.
    Vivian

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  2. Harvey, Leslie and family.

    We are currently in Switzerland and read of loss in the Times News
    website. Sorry we will be unable to share your loss at the service this week.

    Ken and Lorraine

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  3. Harvey, Leslie, Dalton, Ethan and Ryan,
    I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Your whole family is in my prayers.
    With Peace,
    Chris

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  4. Harvey, Leslie, Dalton, Ethan and Ryan:

    We were so sorry to hear of your father’s death, Harvey. He must have been a wonderful man. Please accept our deepest sympathy for all of you.

    Mae and Tommy Boys
    (First Methodist/Hendersonville)

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  5. Harvey and family,

    While we didn’t know H.C., we have an inkling of the kind of gentleman and father he must have been when we consider the son of his we do know and the kind of gentleman, father and citizen of the community he is. Harvey, we’re so sorry for your loss and grieve with you.

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  6. There are not many words that can make this time easier. Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things we ever have to deal with. Harvey, Leslie, Dalton, Ethan, and Ryan, the thoughts and prayers of my family are with you as you walk this path. If there is anything you need, please let us know.

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  7. Bob, you told me so much about your Dad over the last few years we feel like we knew him. We are so glad you saw him while you were there. We know how he welcomed Amber to your family.
    We will be thinking of him and both of you.

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  8. Enjoyed knowing Harvey and Linda during our time in Vidalia, Ga. I will always remember the war wagon and Harvey’ NC State socks.
    He will be missed by all.

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  9. To The Harvey Nix,Jr.Family

    Thinking of you today with deep and sincere sympathy. Your caring during my loss meant so much to me. May God continue to bless you.

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  10. Vivian, Rodney & I have just been
    notified by one of his classmates
    that HC has just passed away. We
    are so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are
    very regretful that we did not visit with you. One does not
    realize how precious time is until
    it is gone.
    All our Love,
    Pat

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  11. My sympathy to the family of Mr. Nix. It was a pleasure for me to work at Plant Hatch while Mr. Nix was Plant Manager there. He was always a gentleman and well respected.

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  12. My sympathy to the family of Harvey. I worked with him during his first days at Georgia Power and for several years at Plant Hatch.

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  13. My deepest sympathy to the family of Harvey Nix. It was my honor to work with Harvey when he was Plant Hatch Manager and during his entire career with Southern Nuclear. He ran a ‘tight ship’, liked his office temp cold, hung his airplanes from the office ceiling and always had a smile and a kind word…he was always one of my favorite managers. He was respected by all employees as a fair man with high standards. This world has lost a great man.

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  14. I work at the Plant Hatch facility. I did not know Mr. Nix but I hear comments about his work at Hatch from Co-Workers.
    Sorry for your loss,
    David

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  15. Harvey and family,
    Condolences on the loss of your father. I recently lost mine as well, so I can empathize with your loss. I have fond memories of Mr. Nix and your mom from Robert Toombs. I know that he will be missed by all of you. My family and I will be praying for you.

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  16. Dan and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. i just found out today when I went back to work. I hope that the memories you all have will help the healing process during this time

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  17. Farewell my friend. I shall remember our days at Hatch during construction and turnover.

    To the Nix Family, my sincere condolences for your loss. Harvey was truly a dedicated individual to family and work. I shall miss him

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  18. We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Harvey Nix. He ate at our restaurant multiple times a week. We will miss him so very much. He touched all of our lives.

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  19. We just heard about Harvey’s passing. He was my first boss (Plant Hatch) and taught me so much.
    Harvey was also a friend to us both, although we lost touch with him over the years.
    To his family, we extend our sympathy.

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  20. I mentioned to someone just the other day that I had not seen Harvey for a while. It was then that I learned of his passing, and I was quite shocked. My condolences and most heartfelt sympathies for all the family. Harvey and I had many great conversations over breakfast and coffee at the Beachside Grill. I truly enjoyed his company and vast knowledge. He will be sorely missed. God bless him and may he rest in peace.

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