A memorial ceremony honoring Terry Leo Nixon will be held 2 PM Friday, May 20, 2022 in the Mason Chapel of Asbury Church, 6767 S. Mingo in Tulsa. He will be laid to rest in Arlington, Texas. Terry passed away Wednesday morning, May 18, 2022 at his Bixby residence. He was 77.
Born September 3, 1944 in Freedom, Oklahoma, Terry was the son of Leo and Leeta (Shaull) Nixon. He graduated from Ponca City High School where he played the trombone in the band. He also actively participated in the Boy Scouts of America. Terry earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.
Following college, Terry chased his dream of living in the big city by moving to California. He lived in San Jose and San Francisco prior to pursuing a career in Ft. Worth at Texas Electric. It was there he met his future wife, Cheryl Scott on a blind date. The couple married April 25, 1975 at a small church in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.
Terry pursued a successful career with American Airlines as a Systems Analyst, relocating his family to Tulsa, Arlington, Texas, and eventually Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoyed working on the Sabre project during his tenure at American. Terry eventually became a partner with IBM where he was instrumental in developing kiosks. He retired from IBM in 2008. Terry and Cheryl eventually returned to Tulsa to be nearer their children and grandchildren. They are members of Asbury Church.
A sports enthusiast, Terry had a lot of fun on the golf course through the years. He could also build or fix most anything. Terry had a love of travel and was an avid reader of novels. He enjoyed building beautiful furniture for family members, as well as cooking fabulous meals from the latest recipes he discovered. Terry was always the leader in his family with a big smile and positive attitude, even during his illness. May his memory be eternal in the hearts of all who loved him.
Surviving family members include his loving wife of 46 years, Cheryl Nixon; daughter, Natalie Melton and her husband, Scott; grandchildren, Jack and Leo; and his brother, Jim Nixon.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin; and his sister, Judy Dwyer.