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Willie Oscar Nichols Jr, affectionately known to many as Junior Nichols, was born on March 4, 1947 in Lincoln County to the late Willie Oscar Sr. and Ruth Odom Nichols.  He departed this earthly life on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.

He graduated from Catawba County Schools and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. where he served his country in the Vietnam War.  He worked at Hoechst Celanese Corp/Sou-tex for many years before retirement. Willie attended New Saint Paul Holiness Church in Mount Holly, North Carolina where he served on the Men’s Ministry. He was great at fundraising, in fact, for many years he served faithfully as a committee member for the Nichols -Farley Reunion. There were many things he enjoyed doing like fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, watching sports and lending a helping hand. Junior was a caring person and always had a genuine concern for others. But his greatest joy of them all was spending time with family. 

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and four sisters: Willie Ruth Nichols Reid, Phyllis C. Nichols, Bassie Nichols and Lucille Ussery. Mother-in law, Julia Mae Thomas.

Those left to cherish precious memories and carry the torch are his loving wife of 46 years, Dilsey Thomas Nichols; four children, Stephanie (Robert) Harris, Veronica (Troy) Boyd, Cassandra L Nichols and Willie O Nichols III, “Trey”, all of Mount Holly, NC. Five grandchildren, Demetrius (Kiona) Edwards, Jay Boyd, Jocelyn Harris, MaKayla Boyd and Madison Mills. One great grand, Havyn Elle Edwards.  Uncles James, Robert (Ossie) and Ester (Betty) Nichols. and Aunts, Lucille Byrd, Sarah, Rosa and Liz Nichols. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
Funeral: Monday; April 29, 2019; 1:00 p.m.; New St. Paul Holiness Church-1529 Old Hwy 27; Mt. Holly, NC

Visitation: one hour before the service at the church

Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Mt. Holly

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  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you!
    ~ Diamond Pawn Jamie, Gay, David, Josh and Tim   Shelby, NC
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    Please accept my sincere regrets for your loss. The bible does provide us with comfort and hope in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    I am truly sorry for your loss.May God be with you during this time.
    ~ Herbert Steward   Gastonia, NC
  • Monday, April 29, 2019
    Stephanie and the Nichols Family, You have my condolences on your loss. I will keep you and the family in my prayers.
    ~ Cheleta Caulton   Mint Hill, NC
  • Monday, April 29, 2019
    My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family.
    ~ Vanessa Spencer   Matthews, NC
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    May he forever watch over us.
    ~ Patrick Sullivan   Concord, NC
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    Our condolences goes to you and yours in this most difficult time . May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 which reads: “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God." What a loving God who cares about each one of us, and is ready to help us in 9ur m9st difficult moments if we allow him to. (John 5:14) He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez