May 11, 1925 ~ January 22, 2013

Born in: McDowell Co., NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MR. NICHOLS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013, AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE PATTON AVENUE CHAPEL OF GROCE FUNERAL HOME. William Cecil Nichols, 87, of Asheville, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013. A native of McDowell Co., he was a son of the late W.O. and Ollie Burgin Nichols. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lois Marie Nichols. Mr. Nichols was a long distance truck driver, with 42 years of service. He was an active member of Reed Memorial Baptist Church. Mr. Nichols is survived by his daughter, Debra Talbot and husband Jim, of Asheville; son Eddie Nichols of Asheville; grandchildren Heather Ridgeway and husband Zeke, Lori Curtin and husband Chase, Eric Nichols, and Justin Talbot; great-grandchildren Payton and Carson Ridgeway, and Liam Curtin; nephews Bill Nichols and wife Doris of Old Fort, Randy Nichols and wife Anita of Boston, MA; and a cousin, Julia Baker. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randy Melton officiating. His family will receive friends following the service. Private interment for family will be Sunday at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to Reed Memorial Baptist Church, 756 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Although I did not personally know Mr. Williams, I have heard many great things through ‘my friend’ who lives in Ashville, Johnny Connelly, who is a dear friend of mine. and who was a ‘car racing’ buddy of Mr. Williams.

    I am sorry for your loss and ask God to bless each and everyone of you through this particularly hard time.

  2. Although I did not know Mr. Nichols personally, I wanted to extend my condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one. May you, in your time of sorrow, take comfort in 1 Corinthians 15:26.

  3. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Dad. Cecil was a very special part of the Lytle family’s lives and will be missed. His jovial personality and sweet smile will always bring sunshine. May God comfort you in this loss.
    Jaye Lytle and family

  4. Dear Family,

    While I only knew Cecil for such a short time, my heart was broken for you all when I received the news of his passing.

    Please accept the comfort that God alone can give, and know that he is with the Lord he served.


    Pastor Mike and Tara Hurst.
    Reed Memorial Baptist Church.

  5. Ed, Please accept our heartful symapathy in the loss of your dad. Cecil was a very special person to us and we will miss him greatly. May God be with you and comfort you in this difficult time.

  6. I met Cecil many years ago while i was driving for UPS.I really took a liking to him.i also met his wife, Marie. When he retired,I missed seeing him on the road.He would always send me a Christmas card. He was a very humble person,I will miss him very much.I am bless to have known Cecil


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