Theofanis Xenophon Nixon

May 10. 2017

The Honorable Judge Theofanis Xenophon Nixon, 65, transitioned to join his beloved wife, Lauren Elizabeth Noble, on May 10, 2017. Theo was born on February 29, 1952 to Xenophon and Anna Nixon. He entered this world on a unique date, a fitting tribute to the special life that he lived.

Theo started his career as a Public Defender. He then spent over thirty years as a Criminal Defense Attorney and became one of the most well-loved and successful lawyers in Charlotte. The crowning achievement and culmination of his exemplary and glorious career was the creation of the Drug Treatment Court implemented throughout North Carolina during his years as a District Court Judge.

One of Theo’s greatest passions was attending NC State football games with his best and life-long friend, Johnny Kleto, who was with him every single day during the last few months of his life. In addition, he loved traveling especially to National Parks and to Rain Forests. He was a crusader for social justice, innately rebellious and a voice for the voiceless.

Theo was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lauren Elizabeth Noble, his parents and his brother-in-law, Nick Kekas. He is survived by his two sons, Evan and Alex, who he selflessly raised as a single father and who were truly the pride of his life. He is also survived by his sister, Marika Kekas; his brother, Nick X.; and his baby sister, Virginia Williams and her husband, Alan. He is also survived by Philip and Stacy Barker, Lindsey and RJ In, Alex and Juliana Noble, and grandchildren, Aubrey and Lilyan Barker and Londyn and Keo In.

In addition, he is survived by many loving relatives and friends who were a constant source of support. His daily visitors during his final months included many people whose lives he touched through his kind deeds throughout his life.

The Trisagion will be held 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. The funeral and celebration of Theo’s life will be at the church on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials in Theo’s name may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care – Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204 or to Kidney Foundation of the Carolinas, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, #810, Charlotte, NC 28209.

May his memory be eternal.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences at Phone: 704- 641-7606.

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  • Taylor Laumann Conner

    Theo was a gentleman and a friend. Last time I saw him was at least a year ago when I represented a young college student who had gotten into some trouble with drugs. Judge Nixon then gave him some good advice and allowed him to do a 90-96 to earn a dismissal. Such a good heart for humanity and the kid went on to work hard and get accepted to a top tier university and the incident with drugs was just a learning experience that will not ruin his future. He was a judge who still cared to make a difference and do what was right! I remember him as a lawyer too and he was one of the brilliant lawyers who worked hard for his clients. He was friendly to outsiders like myself and willing to engage in conversation to get to know you. I treasure the memories and will miss Theo. I'm not sure about what happened, but God must have needed more angels to take him from us! Thoughts and prayers go out to Theo's family.

  • Judge David S. Cayer

    Theo was a skilled and honorable lawyer and a judge dedicated to the law. He was also a loyal and kind hearted friend. God bless his family during this sad time.

  • Ric & Kris Solow

    We always enjoyed catching up with Theo at the Greek Festival. He was the go-to attorney for all 3 of our sons, whenever they had legal issues. He was always there with his comforting demeanor and sound advise, and he never said no. They had a deep respect for Theo and we really cherished his friendship. He'll be missed by all of us.

  • Retired MCPD Officer S.L. Price

    Always a gentlemen. May you rest in peace. It was an honor to have known you.

  • Preeti

    Judge Nixon held very Regards in my eyes ever since I met him
    I have known judge Nixon as the most kind hearted and emphatic judge from a personal experience when I had to take a friend to see him for a whole year in Charlotte court
    He helped my friend change his life around with his kindness as a person of law and gave him a chance to be a better person and mend his life around
    What a great man!
    I have great respect for him always!
    If I had known earlier I would have made it this evening to the church..
    He was same age as my mom who passed last month..
    Another great soul left too early
    People like my mother and judge Nixon make it all worth living and they have respect and emphathy for all beings
    RIP Judge Nixon

  • Terry Kokenes

    The was a fine human being! May his memory be eternal.

  • Kevin Mitchell

    Theo was a great man who was loved and respected by many and because of his loving nature, genuine spirit and selfless actions here on earth he will always be remembered. If you had the pleasure of letting him touch your life in some way then you know from experience just how great of a man he was, I am deeply saddened by his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with the Nixon family at this time and in particular my best friend Evan and his brother Alex. I can't say enough about his character and the type of person Theo was. He will be terribly missed. Condolences from the Mitchell family.

  • Cathy Barkas

    I remember Theo from the time he was just a little boy.
    Very smart! i am so sorry of his passing. He will be missed
    by all of us..
    Our family was very close with his parents aunts,cousins
    and friends.
    May his Memory Be Eternal!

  • Annette McIntyre

    It was my pleasure to work with Theo several years ago. I, indeed, had tremendous respect for Theo's professionalism.
    My sincerest regards to the family.

  • John W. White

    Part of the Charlotte FOP as a Criminal Defense Attorney Theo was very instrumental in stopping a Fraud case in a minor vehicle accident involving my wife.
    After receiving a letter from the other party's attorney requesting my vehicle insurance information, Theo only wrote two letters to the other party's attorney concerning the incident and we never heard from them again. Case resolved! Theo was dedicated to his work for people. We will surely miss him.

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