CAROLINA BEACH — Howard Edward Nivens, 71, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1948, in Charlotte to Robert P. and Minnie H. Nivens. He married Ann H. Nivens and has three wonderful children, Scott, Mark and Brooke Nivens, and stepson, Pressley Ridgill Jr.
Howard was known for his unconditional love and devotion towards his family and those around him. His deep kindness was something that extended through every stage of his life. He was a Vietnam veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Air Force and a police officer who served proudly on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. During his time in the police force, he received numerous awards, including the Police Community Relations Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Lifetime Commitment Award for Right Moves for Youth. He not only served his country, but was a strong contributor and positive influence to his community as a founding member of the Right Moves for Youth Program, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a coach for multiple youth teams, and he always lent a helping hand to anyone in need.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Minnie Nivens; and siblings, Jerry, David and Donald Nivens.
He is survived by his wife, Ann H. Nivens; children, Scott, Mark (Gigi) and Brooke Nivens; stepson, Pressley A. Ridgill Jr. (Melissa); grandchildren, Trey, McKenna, Mary, Jackson and Lincoln; and siblings, Evelyn Craig and Joe Nivens.
Howard was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be forever cherished, greatly missed, and deeply loved. His kindhearted nature will flow through us and exist within us all.
Family, friends and others whose lives were touched by Howard are invited to a remembrance from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Community Life Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Mooresville.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in Howard’s honor to the American Heart Association Sumter Clarendon Heart Walk or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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