Born July 4, 1932, in Senath, Mo., son of the late James Thomas and Beedie Merritt Nichols, he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict and a farmer. He was a founding member of the Whiteaker Chapel, which is now Crosspointe Family Church.
On Nov. 20, 1954, in Anderson, Ind., he married Rosemary Johnson, who survives.
Survivors also include two daughters, Kathy Cunningham and husband, Gerald and Chris Cochran and husband, Richard, all of Campbell; two sons, Ron Nichols and wife, Debbie, of Sikeston, Mo., and Steve Nichols, of Campbell; two sisters, Audra and Lavern Lance, both of Red Bud, Ill.; a step-brother, Larry McDowell, of Crystal City, Mo. and seven grandchildren, Joshua and Jonathan Cunningham, Taylor and Jordan Cochran, and Quentin Nichols, all of Campbell and Joshua and Travis Norville, both of Sikeston.
He was preceded in death by one brother, J.B. Nichols.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., today, Tuesday, July 3, at the Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Campbell with Pastor Earl D. Dell and Rev. Randy Vaughn officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery-Landess Addition in Campbell.