McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Death Notices

December 24, 2012

Bobby J. Nichols dies at 88

McALESTER — Bobby J. Nichols, 88, of Kiowa, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Shawnee.

The family will greet friends Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Chaney Harkins Funeral Home, McAlester.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. at Chaney’s Memorial Chapel, McAlester, with the Rev. Don Russell officiating.

Interment will follow at Kiowa City Cemetery, Kiowa.

Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard, Tinker Air Force Base.

Funeral services are under the direction of Chaney Harkins Funeral Home, McAlester.

Born  Sept. 26, 1924, in McAlester, he was the son of Sherman James and Lemmie Pearl (Nobles) Nichols.

He attended school at Pittsburg, Quinton and Wilburton and graduated high school from Alameda High, Alameda, Calif.

He married Doris L. Kennedy on Sept. 8, 1945, in Yuma, Ariz.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and remained on active duty during WWII and Korea and was decorated before his retirement in 1962.

His name was memorialized on a bronze blaque called “Men to Remember” on  the quarter deck of the USS Hancock-CVA-19.

While on active duty he attended the Combat Air Crewman School, Maui, T.H.; Aviation Ordnance B School, Jacksonville, Fla.; and the Department of Defense Civil Defense School, Alameda, Calif.

In 1962, he transferred to the Fleet Reserve and moved back to McAlester.

From 1962 to 1964, he worked as the McAlester/Pittsburg County Civil Defense Director.

From 1964 to 1972 he worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot as a firefighter.

Then from 1962 to 1980 they co-owned and operated the Kiowa-Koin-O- Matic Laundry until 1980 when he retired. He enjoyed camping and fishing while in retirement.

He is survived by sons, James W. Nichols and wife, Barbara, of Kiowa; grandson, Kelly James Nichols and wife, Beth, of Lacey, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Nichols and Riley Nichols, both of Lacey, Wash.; and, brothers,Willard D. Nichols, of McAlester; Donald D. Nichols and wife, Imogene, of McAlester, and Sherman Nichols and wife, Doka, of Kiowa; brother-in-law, Ralph Sullivan, of Pittsburg; sisters, Mary Doyle, of Mustang, Arlene Nichols, Beverly Nichols, and Carlene Nichols, all of Pittsburg; sisters-in-law, Georgia Ann Nichols, of Eufaula, and Jeannine Nichols, of Kingfisher; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, on Nov. 5, 2012; parents, Sherman and Lemmie Nichols; step-mother, Alma Nichols; brothers, Eugene Nichols, Clyde W. Nichols, James F. Nichols, John Nichols and Kenneth N. Nichols; and, sister, Billie Fay Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Gary Don Nichols, Randy Nichols, Jeff Nichols, Stephen Nichols, Jim Sullivan, Joe Sullivan, Chris Nichols and Johnnie Burrows.

Honorary pallbearers will be, Jim Ray, Kenneth Battles, Herb Cox and Buzz Henry.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Death Notices
  • Marilyn Keehn Settle

    Marilyn Keehn Settle, 80, formerly of McAlester, died Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    April 19, 2014

  • David Michael Rivas David Michael Rivas

    David Michael Rivas, 57, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Virginia Kathryn Sam Virginia Kathryn Sam

    Virginia Kathryn Sam, 78, of McAlester, died April 17, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gayle E. Cox

    Gayle E. Cox,  73, of McAlester, died April 15, 2014.

    April 19, 2014

  • Valerie J. Church

    Valerie J. Church, 59, of Krebs, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

    April 19, 2014

  • Evelyn Stephens Evelyn Stephens

    Evelyn Stephens, 74, of Pittsburg, formerly of Quinton, died Tuesday, April, 15, 2014, after battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Virginia Sam

    Virginia Sam, 78, of McAlester, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in McAlester.

    April 17, 2014

  • Marylou Martinez Marylou Martinez

    Marylou Martinez, 63, of McAlester, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance

    Juanita Ann (Nale) Whitfield Lance, 81, of McAlester, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at New Hope Nursing Center.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary (Russell) Crawford Mary (Russell) Crawford

    Mary (Russell) Crawford, 58, of Cabiness,  died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.