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Edwin Lee Nix

Edwin Lee Nix

American gridiron football player, police officer, racecar driver and businessperson
Edwin Lee Nix
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Intro American gridiron football player, police officer, racecar driver and businessperson
A.K.A. Edwin "Rip" Nix
Was Football player Athlete Gridiron football player Police officer Businessperson Racecar driver
From United States of America
Type Business Law Sports
Gender male
Birth 14 March 1933, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee
Death 1 February 2014, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee (aged 80 years)
Star sign Pisces
Spouse: June Carter Cash
Children: Rosie Nix Adams
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Edwin Lee Nix (1933 - 2014) was an American football player, police officer, and racecar driver.

Background, education, and career

Edwin was on March 14, 1933, in Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee.

He graduated from Isaac Litton High School, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1953. After school, he worked with his father at his garage.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he played football. He served as a deputy for the Davidson County Sheriff's Department, in Nashville.

Personal life

Edwin married singer, actress, June Carter, on November 11, 1957. The couple had a daughter, Rosie Nix Adams, on July 13, 1958. Rosie went on to become a famous singer/song-writer.

Edwin and June divorced in 1966. In around 1985, Edwin married Ira Pilkinton.

June fell in love with country singer, Johnny Cash, married him in March 1968. They remained married until her death in May 2003, just four months before Cash died. The couple's son, John Carter Cash, is also a musician.


Edwin died on February 1, 2014, at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 80. He was survived by his wife, Ira Pilkinton Nix; a son, Edwin G. Nix; two daughters, Cynthia (Gary) Howard and Hope Baker; a sister, Mildred Grammer; four grandchildren, Chelsey Nix, Alec Baker, Matthew Howard and Camille Baker; one great-grandchild, Makiah White.

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