The Oakwood campus is simultaneously mourning the loss, and yet celebrating the life, of Dean Philip Nixon, Assistant Vice President of Student Services.
Philip Byron Nixon was born on January 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York, the third of five children born to Harry and Julie Nixon. He attended Bethel SDA Elementary School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned his B.A. degree in English and Religion from Oakwood College, and his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern Christian University.
In 1973, Philip met the love of his life, Margaret Lai Hing. They married on June 12, 1977. To this union two sons were born, Marc and Andrew. While a student at Oakwood, Philip and Margaret served as student missionaries in Tokyo, Japan. The following year Philip was asked to continue his work in Japan as the acting director of Japan SDA Schools headquartered in Osaka. Philip and Margaret especially enjoyed working in the mission field, and Philip often expressed his strong desire to return to Japan.
In 1986, Philip began his professional career as an employee of Oakwood College. He served as Resident Hall Dean at Edwards Hall and later became the Assistant Vice President of Student Services, where he worked until he fell asleep in the Lord on August 29, 2012. Philip loved good music and sang with the Oakwood University Church Chorale, Ambience Male chorus, and various other groups around campus. He also volunteered in Prison Ministry by singing in a quartet with his brother, sister and sister-in-law.
Dean Nixon leaves to mourn: his wife, Margaret; their sons, Marc and Andrew; his brothers John (Januwoina) Nixon and Timothy (Sandria) Nixon; his sisters, Marguerite (Alonzo) Pollard and Elise (Frank) Wright; his father-in-law, Cheetoy Lai Hing; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Hollister (Eva) Brewster, Courtney (Bonnie) Lai Hing, Burke (Lorna) Lai Hing, Lennox (Jacquie) Lai Hing, Leslie Lai Hing, Leroy Lai Hing, Jacqueline (Calvin) Lester, Kenneth (Jean) Lai Hing, Gillian Lai Hing, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, loved ones, former Oakwood students, coworkers and friends.
"Words cannot begin to express our gratefulness for the love shown to us by your prayers, calls, food, visits, cards, words of comfort, thoughts and deeds during our time of sorrow. Your kind acts of love helped us to bear our grief and comforted us in the loss of our loved one. Our special thanks to Dr. Carlton Byrd, the Pastoral Staff and Mrs. Darleen Simmonds at the Oakwood University Church. May God bless each of you." ~The Nixon Family
The funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at the Oakwood University Church. Interment followed immediately at Oakwood Memorial Gardens.