William S. Nixon (Class of 1956) Obituary


Bill was born on May 6, 1938, in Del Rio to Mary Elizabeth (Sellers) and Howard G. Nixon and spent his childhood in Del Rio. He received his education from Del Rio High School, where he was a notable figure. Despite his health challenges, he remained active in several student organizations, including serving as the editor of the school paper, a sports announcer at football games, and president of both his junior and senior classes and the student council.

After high school, Bill pursued higher education and was in the last class of the Rice Institute, now known as Rice University, and also graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1962. Upon graduation, he returned to Del Rio. He and his wife Phyllis had two daughters, Cayton (Janner) and Carlyn (Pfeuffer).

Mr. Nixon became a prominent member of the Del Rio community. He remained active in several civic organizations for over 60 years, including the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Del Rio School Board. In addition, he had a deep passion for history, particularly the history of Texas and Mexico, and dedicated his time and energy to making Del Rio a prosperous and thriving town.

Bill established his real estate law practice, and was instrumental in developing several subdivisions in Del Rio, including greater Buena Vista, the Buena Vista Park, and multiple schools. He retired in December 2020 at the age of 82.

In addition to his daughters, Mr. Nixon is survived by his brother, Nicky Nixon Daughtrey, who resides in central Texas. His family, friends, and the entire Del Rio community will deeply miss him. We will remember him for his dedication to Del Rio and his unwavering commitment to making it a better place for everyone.

As per his wishes, Bill will remain on the ranch he loved so much for eternity, and the family will hold a private memorial. Instead of flowers, the family requests that any remembrances in his name be made to the Val Verde County Library.

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Submitted by H K Hank Woodward on

Yes, Bill was a notable figure when in DRHS, in a most positive sense. His intelligence and school activities were most impressive and admired. He remained a friend of mine and others all of our lives.  Hank aka Woody also of the DRHS class of 1956