May 6, 2014
Stephen Murray Hixson, age 61, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at his home on Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston, Tennessee. Steve was employed by B&W Y-12 Plant from 1987-1997 and again from 2002 to present date (and formerly Lockheed Martin Energy Systems) in utility and chemical operations, as well as a former Security Officer, a former member of the International Guard Union, former member of the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers Union at K-25 Plant, prior to experiencing declining health issues. He graduated Rockwood High School in 1971, and attended Roane State Community College, studying Police Science and Criminology. Steve was a Veteran serving our country in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1976, and served several years as Air National Guard. He served as Deputy Sheriff and Policeman for Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Rockwood Police from 1978 to 1985, respectively. He held certifications in Commercial Drivers’ License, OSHA, Radiological Worker, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fixed/Portable Fire Extinguisher Specialist, Vitrification Processes, and Steam Plant Operations as well as many years with Kendrick Trucking, TAG Transport, Crete Carrier Corporation, Bionomics, McElroy, Volunteer Transport, and Ruan Transport, along with a stint as body guard and security specialist for Roger Penske in Houston, Texas. Steve excelled in marksmanship competitions in Albuquerque, NM and had many ribbons and trophies to his credit as an “Expert Marksman.” He was a member of the VFW American Legion and an avid Alabama fan. He is most proud of his children and grandsons. He was preceded in death by his Father, Reverend Charles T. Hixson; Mother, Mabel E. Coffey Hixson; brothers, Larry M. Hixson, Ronald A. Hixson and Dennis M. Hixson.
Survivors include: Son: Carey E. Hixson and wife, Ada of Rockwood, TN
Daughter: Jessica Hixson Knowlton and husband, Jason of U.S. Fort Riley Army Base, Kansas; Lindsey Hixson of Orange Park, FL
5 grandsons: Allie, Brady, Garrett, Jett and Evan
Sister: Teresa Hixson Riggs and husband, Ray of Loudon, TN
Sisters-in-law: Henrietta Hixson of Kingsport, TN; Linda Hixson of Bristol, TN
Ann Hixson Weiss of Germantown, TN
Many wonderful nieces, nephews
Good friend: Carson Grant
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Evans Mortuary in Rockwood, Tennessee. Funeral service will follow at 8 PM in the Chapel with Pastor Billy Joe Vitatoe officiating. Memorials may be made in Steve Hixson’s honor to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, 2018 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916. Evans Mortuary is assisting the family of Stephen Murray Hixson.