At the funeral, Joe Nichols, one of his nephews, made several observations about daddy:
- He had never received a speeding ticket.
- He never had a filling in a tooth.
- He was widely known not only for his stance on the Word of God, but for his tricks (we had a wreath display representing many of them at the funeral).
- He always backed into a parking space. (I recall someone’s stating that he/she supposed when he arrives in Heaven he will back in there, too…and his response was, “no, I won’t be planning on leaving there.”)
Mr. Nichols was a 1939 graduate of Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, TN. He then returned for his third year for a special study of the Bible. Later he obtained further education from Florence State Teachers’ College (now UNA).
He has made a life-long study of the Bible. He began preaching when he was fifteen years old. He did local pulpit work in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky for 76 years. He also preached in many congregations and on lectureships in many other states and wrote many articles for brotherhood papers.
Upon retirement from full-time preaching, he donated the majority of his personal library to the Gus Nichols Memorial Library (named for his father) at Faulkner University for on the campus in Montgomery, Alabama.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Matilda (Brown) Nichols; wife of 64 years, Mary Elizabeth (Hardin) Nichols; and the following siblings: Gracie (Nichols) Young, Vodie (Nichols) Kerr, Carrie (Nichols) Hamilton, Foy Nichols, and Hudson Nichols. He is survived by two children: Jimmy Nichols (Houston, TX) and Peggy (Nichols) Champion and Don (Huntsville, AL); three grandchildren: Amy Bryan and Wes (Ardmore, TN), Brandon Champion (Huntsville, AL), and Christina Nichols (Katy, TX); three great-granddaughters: Kaylee Hall (Huntsville, AL), and Chelsea and Aubrey Bryan (Ardmore, TN); two siblings: Bertha (Nichols) Blackwood (Jasper, AL) and Hardeman Nichols and Virginia (Dallas, TX); and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mr. Nichols served on the Board of Directors of Childhaven in Cullman, AL and on the Board of Trustees at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. He was a member of Chase Park Church of Christ in Huntsville, AL, at the time of his death.
He was buried at Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper, AL, next to his beloved Mary.
If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please consider the following:
- AGAPE of North Alabama; P. O. Box 127; Madison, AL 35758
- Childhaven; 1816 Childhaven Road, NE; Cullman, AL 35055
- Faulkner University; 5345 Atlanta Highway; Montgomery, AL 36109
- Flavil & Mary Nichols Endowed Scholarship Fund, Freed-Hardeman University; 158 East Main Street; Henderson, TN 38340
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us