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Douglas Denley Nixon

March 27, 1946 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Douglas Nixon Obituary

Douglas Denley Nixon passed away on February 3, 2024, at Huntsville Hospital Hospice Family Care, in Huntsville, Alabama. Douglas was born on March 27, 1946, and was raised in Iuka, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minor and Katherine Nixon, his wife, Carol Nixon, and his sister, Ann Nixon Kay. Douglas is survived by his stepdaughter Jennifer Peters Dodd (Robert Dodd), stepson Andrew Peters, grandchildren Abigail Dodd Copeland (Brandon Copeland) and Spencer Dodd, brother-in-law Harold Kay, nieces Katherine Jones (Bob Jones), Caron Blanton (Danny Blanton), and Jennifer Postoak (Darren Postoak), and numerous great-nieces, great nephews, and dear friends.

Douglas spent his youth building and fixing all things mechanical, which led to him majoring in aerospace engineering at Mississippi State. He worked for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for over 40 years. Douglas worked to advance multiple programs, including the Apollo program, Skylab, Celestial Viewing Missions, and the International Space Station. Some of his notable achievements involved attitude control systems for Skylab and the common breathing mechanism for ISS. Douglas once commented that the best career decision he made was staying with NASA for 42 years.

Outside of work, Douglas was a car enthusiast, with a particular fondness for MGs. He also loved music. As a young adult, Douglas and his friends formed a band that performed on television and at events across the Mid-South. Later, he sang in the Huntsville Community Chorus, the Brasher Chorale, and the Huntsville First United Methodist Church Choir. In addition, he played the piano, bass, and guitar.

A celebration of life will be held February 17, 2024, at Huntsville First United Methodist Church, located at 120 Greene St SE, Huntsville, AL. Visitation will begin at 1:00 with the service starting at 2:00. A short graveside service will follow at Valley View Memorial Gardens, located at 139 Meridianville Bottom Rd, Meridianville, AL.

Douglas was a loving husband, brother, bonus dad, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His kindness and thoughtfulness will be greatly missed. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider First Stop in Huntsville, Huntsville Community Chorus, or Huntsville Hospital Hospice Family Care.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 17, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Huntsville First United Methodist Church
120 Greene Street SE
Huntsville, AL 35801

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 17, 2024

2:00 PM
Huntsville First United Methodist Church
120 Greene Street SE
Huntsville, AL 35801

Graveside Service following Funeral Service

Valley View Memorial Gardens
139 Meridianville Bottom Road
Meridianville, AL 35750

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