Nixon Ray Lawhead “Tony,” 83
Sergeant First Class
SIERRA VISTA — Sergeant First Class Nixon Ray Lawhead “Tony,” 83, peacefully entered into rest June 6, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.
Services will be Friday, June 14, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., Hatfield Funeral Home, Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Interment with Military Honors will follow Friday, June 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., Post Cemetery, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Tony was born January 2, 1936, in Auburn, Indiana where he grew up and worked on the family’s 160-acre farm and then lived in Sierra Vista since 1966. Tony was the beloved husband to the late Alice Lawhead. Devoted father of his son Scott Lawhead and daughter Sandi Graham (son-in-law Will Graham). Cherished Papa to grandson Cody McDaniel (Elsie Gamber) and granddaughter Brittany Smith. There’s nothing he loved more than his family and friends.
Tony went to Spencerville Elementary School grades 1-5, St. Joe School 6th, 7th, and 8th, and graduated from Spencerville High School May 1954.
Tony enlisted in the United States Army on January 19, 1955 and was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He completed basic training at Fort Riley Kansas, then went on to Germany for one year of Electronic School and Ground Surveillance Radar School. In 1958, Tony met the love of his life, Alice Harris, while he was stationed at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning Georgia, and married her the same year. The Army sent him to Cairns Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1959. Then in 1964 he was stationed in Korea and went on to Vietnam in 1965. His home base station was Fort Huachuca in 1966. In 1969, he went back to Korea for a year, then returned to Fort Huachuca in 1970. Next, in 1972 the army sent him to Fort Mammoth New Jersey for Side Looking Radar on RL23 airplanes; and then in 1973, he finished school for OV1D. Tony was very proud to have flown Mohawks while serving our country. He retired January 31, 1975, at Fort Huachuca after proudly serving for 20 years.
He owned and operated a garbage truck service from 1975-1977. After that, he owned and successfully operated Automotive Aid Station garage, Automotive Aid Station tow truck service, and Sierra Vista Towing tow truck service. He sold the garage in 2005 but still ran both tow truck services up until 2009.
Tony loved his tractors, and through that passion, he became a charter member of Power of the Past in 1994. He served on the Board of Directors from May 22, 2004 until May 15, 2006. He was the tractor chairperson for nearly twenty years and would host gatherings and dinners after parades. While he was mostly a John Deere collector, restorer, and exhibitor/puller, he had other brands of tractors as well.
Tony was a very loving, kind, generous, and compassionate man who will forever be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Thelma; his brother, Gilbert; his loving wife, Alice; and second wife, Ethel.
We wish to thank family and friends for the strong support, kindness, and sympathy during this difficult time.