Howard Edward Nivens

October 1, 1948 - February 4, 2020
Howard Edward Nivens


Howard E. Nivens, age 71, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 4, 2020 in his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. He was born October 1, 1948 in Charlotte, NC 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 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 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 predeceased by his parents, Robert and Minnie Nivens and his siblings Jerry, David, and Donald Nivens. He is survived by his wife Ann H. Nivens, his children Scott, Mark (Gigi), and Brooke Nivens, stepson Pressley A. Ridgill, Jr. (Melissa), grandchildren Trey, McKenna, Mary, Jackson, 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 kind-hearted 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 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Community Life Center in Carolina Beach, NC on Friday, February 7 from noon-2:00pm, and a memorial service at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, NC on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00pm.

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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  • February 07, 2020
    Mary Kelly says:
    Dr. Ann Nivens and Family, Sending heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family. Praying God will give you strength and comfort during these difficult days ahead.

  • February 10, 2020
    Lisa and Bob Capes says:
    I/we never saw our precious friend without his infectious smiles, laughter, aww, and his mischievousness, (my precious, Ann, as you know quite well-(Tortola)) Our hearts are broken and we and the world will be a tremendous loss and missed sorely. My Love goes out to you to and this Blessed life beyond, my friend, Howard, my beautiful Ann, Beth, and your family, I Love you all beyond words and works. Always in our thoughts and prayers, Lisa and Bob

  • February 09, 2020
    Melissa Greene says:
    Anna, I vividly remember meeting Howard when he was assigned to Dilworth Elementary. I was asked to work with him in a drop out prevention program for at risk 5th grade boys. That was the same year he became quite smitten with the assistant principal at Dilworth. Howard was a gentleman and and genuinely nice man. I am so sorry for your loss Anna. Rest in eternal peace officer Nivens and God bless you in your time of sorrow Anna.

  • February 09, 2020
    Willa A Hackney says:
    I remember so fondly the two of you falling in love at Dilworth Elementary. Those were sweet times never to be forgotten. Sending love.

  • February 09, 2020
    Susan jones says:
    I remember Howard when he was our resource officer at dilworth. He met Anna and fell totally in love. They were a wonderful couple and wonderful friends