benjamin keith nix

Benjamin Keith Nix

January 11, 1969 - July 24, 2018

Benjamin Keith Nix, 49, of Dallas, Texas entered into eternal rest quietly Tuesday, July 24, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born January 11, 1969, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Keith was the first born son of Franchelli Bowers and John Morgan Nix, Jr.  He attended school in Tulsa, as an athlete from the beginning; he began his wrestling career at the age of seven and placed second in his first elementary tournament.  By the time, Keith had completed elementary competition; he had won multiple Oklahoma state championships and multiple South-Central Zone championships in both Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. The summer prior to entering ninth grade, Keith qualified for the high school Junior National Freestyle team and placed seventh in the tournament.  In addition to winning three high school state championships, Keith represented the United States as a member of the Pan American Team and won a gold medal in Cali, Columbia prior to his junior year.  Keith was a 1987 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School. He completed his high school career as a member of the Blue-Chip Gold All American Team and earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Keith began his college career with a bang.  He was a Big-10 champion and finished the year as a NCAA finalist.  This accomplishment earned him the title of NCAA Freshman Wrestler of the Year. His wrestling career ended the next year when he snapped his ACL in the finals of the Big-10 tournament.  His career may have ended but his love of the sport continued.  He could be found many week-ends watching wrestling or any other sport that was in season, with his dad and brothers analyzing each match or game and “talking noise”.  Keith was inducted into the Bishop Kelly High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He studied at the University of Minnesota.  After, Keith worked in the field of IT for several years; he enrolled in Phoenix University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems in 2010.

Keith’s passionate heart, voice and love of banter will be sorely missed but never forgotten.  He is a special gift to his family and friends far and wide.  Thank you, God for allowing us to walk this road with him for this brief time.  May we carry on his legacy as we continue to live each day to its fullest and serve those around us with care and compassion.

Keith is survived by his children, Kahron Almez Nix of Minnesota,  Khaliq Aayenden Nix, also of Minnesota and Kitra Zuri Nix of  Tulsa, Oklahoma; brothers,  John Morgan Nix, III of Dallas, Texas and  Shannon David Nix of  Dallas, Texas; parents,   mother, Franchelli Bowers of Tulsa, Oklahoma; father and step-mother, John M. Nix, Jr and Charlotte Nix of  Anna, Texas; nieces and nephews,  Cassandra Obi, Desiree Nix, Isis Nix, Jahie Nix, and Jaylen Nix;  and a host of relatives, friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Benjamin “Speedy” Greene, Fannie Greene, James Bowers and Vernella McGhee Bowers.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Turrentine- Jackson- Morrow in Allen, Texas.

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This is very difficult to digest. As my golden gopher brother at the University of Minnesota, you were the best anyone could have went away with at college. We were indeed the clowns on campus and made each other's life lived to the fullest. I am so deeply saddened to hear of your passing so late into the year. I am holding on to our most precious memories of true friendship and brotherhood. Until we meet again. I love and miss you very very much homey. Love Always,
Sean Jenkins, December 26, 2018 I miss you so much daddy . I don’t know how I’m gonna be without you in my life . Kitra, August 3, 2018 Keith Nix in the Mix! is what I always said to him. Rest well, brother.
jonathan seymour, July 31, 2018 Thank you for giving the world this amazing and precious young man. The work you did on his obituary and the video are evidence of the love and care you gave him for his lifetime and the degree to which he will be missed by all of us. My heart is forever with you as you grieve his passing. I grieve with you, and love you more than I can say.
Dorothy Ann (Dodson) Marcy, July 30, 2018 RIP! Love Gopher Wrestling as you were a great and positive impact within the wrestling community. Thank you so much. Timothy Wehr, July 30, 2018 I'm going to miss you my brother. Rest In Heaven... Shaunielle McCoy, July 28, 2018 Prayers go out to family and at your time of loss. I was a teammate of his at the opposite end of the line up for the University of Minnesota. I remember at one of the first tournaments in Omaha, Nebraska everyone was on the bus but Keith to go home. Since he was 118 which finished first and I was HWT which finished last , I was supposed to be the last on the bus. The coaches were concerned and then they saw him slowly walking to the bus. One of the coaches asked for my small town farm analogy of Keith. I said. "I have never seen a guy walk so slow an wrestle so quick in my life." I also had fun with Keith and his dorm roommate/teammate T.J. Campbell who was from Kalispell, Montana listening to debate silly things and coming across the hall to my room to state one another's case. One last funny thing Keith and I shared was when I gave him a ride in my 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville , during a J Robinson wrestling camp in which we were counselors. Keith got in and switched the radio station from country music to something he liked and proceeded to tell me . "Balcy man you are driving this sweet car all wrong, you need to lay back in seat and put your one hand on the wheel ", Fun and fond memories which I am sure he created with all he met. Take Care and God Bless, Sincerely, Balc Jeff Balcom, July 28, 2018 You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you and the family. God bless and strengthen you. May the joy you knew and the times you shared, help comfort you. The Thompson Family Leon & Sammie Thompson, July 27, 2018 Keith was a fierce competitor and a great guy! Life is short..take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake!! Pete Galbraith, July 27, 2018 Keith was a great guy and fierce competitor! I'm very sorry to hear the news of his passing. Life is short...take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake! Pete Galbraith, July 27, 2018 Sorry to hear about your loss. I have many great memories wrestling with Keith at the University of Minnesota. No one could lighten a weight cutting mood like Keith. Good times, he will be missed. Marty Morgan, July 27, 2018 Keith was my teammate at Minnesota, as well as an athlete when I was a grad assistant the following year. Keith could make anyone laugh, and his laugh was contagious. Keith was incredibly talented, but he also worked very hard to hone his skills. I have so many good memories of Keith and I have shared many stories about him over the years. I last saw him at the NCAA’s in Oklahoma City a few years ago. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family, relatives and friends. Tim Manning. Tim Manning, July 27, 2018 You were so much fun in class. Thank you so much for making me feel great about myself everyday. Praying for your family. You will be forever in my heart. Pamela Farry, July 26, 2018 First met Keith when we lived close to each other in 1978. We were friends and competitors. He was with TNT and I as with SKELLEY. We were teammates again at BK 1984 tiil 1987. He will greatly be missed! Much love and respect to his family and former teammates!!!! Rod Davidson , July 26, 2018 We new Kieth for a long time - Keith and Tim use to wrestle each other Keith was a fine boy Phillip McCall Phiilip McCall and Family Tim McCall, Tony McCall, , July 26, 2018 My deepest sympathy to the family. It was my privilege to coach Keith for one year. He was great before I got there. I can’t take any credit for his achievements. I will always remember him as a gregarious young man who happened to be a great athlete. A hard worker with a great family behind him. Condolences. Bobby Toma. Bobby Toma, July 26, 2018 Keith was a great friend in high school - so sad to hear of his passing. Rest In peace dear friend. Erica McIntyre, July 26, 2018