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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  • Edna I. Ramos

    I learned a lot from you when we worked in court together. Very kind and wise person. God Bless you forever .............

  • Janet (Harris) Haigler

    I was saddened to hear of Theo's passing. He was truly an outstanding person and someone I am glad I had the opportunity to work with in the Clerk's office. Sending wishes of peace and wonderful memories to soothe the loss.

  • Nicholas Melissaris

    I wish to convey my deepest sympathy on the passing of Theo. He was a good friend and good person. He will truly be missed. May his Memory Be Eternal !

    Nicholas and Mechelle Melissaris

  • Randy and Joanne Myers

    Our greatest condolences to all the family during this sad time. Theo was certainly a blessing to all who knew him and, so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving family and friends to support him throughout his life. We wish you all the best.
    Randy & Joanne Myers

  • William S. McBrayer

    I was employed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Lab (Firearm & Tool Mark Identification) when I had the opportunity to be cross examined by Theo. He was always very polite and respectful in the cross so I had to be cautious because the cannons of that cross were being loaded and coming my way. Theo knew just the correct questions in the cross examination of an expert witness having been called by the State. There were never any harsh feelings I had from his line of questioning but he was tough in the best interest of the client he was representing. So in my conclusion I would like to say Thanks Theo for the Memories and may you rest in piece.

    Bill McBrayer, Canton, NC

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Terry Kokenes

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

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