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December 01, 2023

Mailon “Nick” Deforrest Nichols

Mailon “Nick” Deforrest Nichols

Mailon “Nick” Deforrest Nichols, 84, of Taylorsville, went home on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on July 10, 1934, in Wilkes County, the son of the late Winfiel and Annie Dancy Nichols. Nick was a graduate of Millers Creek High School in Wilkes.

After graduation, he joined the US Air Force. When he returned home, Nick started work with Lowe’s Companies for 20 years. Then, he became the owner of Bethlehem Hardware for several years. He loved gardening, hunting, and traveling.

Nick was an antique car buff, restoring several cars, and was a member of Foothills Antique Car Club for many years.

He was a past member of Sandy Ridge Baptist Church for 34 years where he served as deacon, chairman of deacons, chairman of the building committee, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, church training director, church trustee, and choir member for 30 years. He later became a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and finance committee. He had close ties to Gardner-Webb University, serving four terms as trustee.

Nick loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandson.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Forrest Nichols; sisters, Reba Pierce, Eva Marie Whittington, and Mary Bell Church; and brother, Rayburn “Bud” Nichols.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and caring wife of 64 years, Ella Mae Rhodes Nichols of the home; daughter, Vickie Nichols Livingston (Ron) of Hickory; granddaughter, Phoebe Livingston of Columbia, South Carolina; grandson, Elijah Cole Nichols (Kayla) of Hickory; great-grandson, Rylan Elisha Nichols of Hickory; brothers, Bobby Nichols (Bronda) and Claude Nichols of Wilkesboro; brother-in-law, John Robert Pierce of Traphill; along with many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Morris, Rev. Eric Lane, Rev. David Webb, Rev. Homer Greene, and Elijah Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Full military rites will be provided by the DAV Ch. 84 of Taylorsville and Ch. 6 of Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Antioch Baptist Church at 580 Antioch Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to the NC Baptist Men at 205 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511.

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  1. Marsha Feldman on November 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Our Uncle Nick, a smiling face at family reunions and leading us in blessing our meal each year. Always ready with a hug and asking how you are. He will be greatly missed. We are blessed to have called him family.

  2. Michael Harrison on November 8, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Ella Mae,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy for our loss of Nick. I share in yours, Vickie’s and everyone’s grief at this sad time. We have lost one of my heroes.

  3. DeAnne on November 8, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Vickie and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love you,
    DeAnne Morrow

  4. Clay Warf on November 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Ella Mae, be assured of our love and prayers.

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