Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Friendly Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. James Morgan, the Rev. Devin O’Kelly and the Rev. Bill Trotter officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Born Aug. 20, 1946, in Hannibal, Mo., he was a son of the late Virgil Elmer and Gertrude Salmon Nichols.
Butch graduated from Williamstown High School, Williamstown, Mo., in 1964. He was employed with International Harvester Farmall Division, Rock Island Plant, from 1965 until its closing and retired from the Navistar Truck Division in 1998, with 33 years of service. Butch was also employed with Regal Mills in Alto; Gainesville Marina, Gainesville; Western Auto and Arnold Drug Co. of Cornelia. He was saved at age 52, serving the Lord ministering in the nursing homes, on radio broadcasts, and as associate pastor, then pastor of Northside Baptist Church of Cornelia.
The Rev. Nichols also played guitar, wrote numerous songs and sang with the Old Time Gospel Singers and with The Sword & Shield. He was a member of Higher Ground Baptist Church. His hobbies included fishing and hunting.
The Rev. Nichols was also a great storyteller of his growing up years, fishing, hunting, then later years about his walk with God and the services he attended.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 48 years, Shirley Dyer Nichols of Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Caprice and Clark Whitmire of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Melissa Smith Nichols of Winamac, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Blackaby-Ferns of Moline, Ill.; brothers, Raymond Nichols of Monroe City, Mo., Russell Nichols of Corcoran, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Friendly Mission Baptist Church, 184 Friendly Mission Lane, Cornelia, GA 30531.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
May 8, 2013