Kenneth Eric Nix or as some may call "Captain Ken", departed this earth March 10th, 2023 at 11:49 AM. It's been said Ken had a big heart, which as an ironic twist would have it - was precisely true as it was determined his large heart is in fact what got him into this eternal predicament.
During his prime years - Ken could be found casting the shrimp net over all the best local shrimp holes. In his cup holders - a Heineken on one side and a Guy Harvey tervis tumbler with sweet tea and ice filled to the brim on the other.
Ken was simple. He liked nice things but appreciated the littlest treasures in life. He didn’t have any fancy degrees or accolades but those weren’t important to him. He loved to work and taught his sons everything he knew. One of the greatest gifts a parent can pass along is the gift of work ethic and he did just that. He was 100% or nothing. Which is why most of his professional relationships exceeded 20+ years. Projects and jobs were never completed until they were completed to his satisfaction - and it was his way or no way.
Ken loved LowCountry sunsets, southern classic rock, his mama’s carrot cake - with a tall cup of whole milk of course….and his family. He was either the life of the party (and by party I mean oyster roast) or he was the quietest one in the room. And sometimes he just needed his space to decompress from worldly pressures - in which case he’d take mental trips down memory lane and escape in some of his favorite shows such as Gunsmoke and Andy Griffith. As much as he loved the waterways - he was also a mountain man. His time with nature was his time with God. And he talked to God a lot. He spent more time driving in his truck than anyone we ever knew - that’s a fact. Just ask his odometer which has almost a half a million miles on it. Oh and dare you challenge his love for Toyota as they stand the test of time. He took about as much care of that Toyota as he did himself - yet it still ran like it was just driven off the lot….with the exception that it wouldn’t go in reverse. He loved his dogs - the ones who crossed the rainbow bridge and undoubtedly greeted him and the ones who remain here on this earth to comfort his bride. He would be furious if we wore black to mourn the loss of him - because his absolute favorite color was purple.
He was caring, tender, compassionate and wildly inappropriate. Sometimes ill mannered and lacked any filter whatsoever. But to know him was to love him. And he will be greatly, greatly missed by those of us who knew him most.
Ken is survived by wife, Ada DiCaldo of Charleston; his mother, Barbara Altman Nix Malphrus of Bluffton; his father, Joseph Edward Nix Sr. of Walterboro, his stepmother, Glenda E. Nix of Walterboro, his sons, Kenneth Erick Nix II (Heather) of Bluffton and Kodey Edward Nix of Bluffton; his brothers, Joe (Nicky) Nix (Tammie) of Hilton Head, Ray Nix of North Carolina, Gabriel C. Nix of Charleston, his step brother, Roger Nix (Melissa) of Beaufort, sister in law, Ruth Nix of Yorktown, VA and grandchildren, Chandler Rosemary Nix, Rachel Helen Nix and Samantha Celeste Nix and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by one brother, Michael E. Nix.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bluffton Self Help.
Bluffton Self Help
PO Box 2420, Bluffton SC 29910