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Interment following funeral service

Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel
Saturday July 8th, 2017

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Lehrton Cemetery
Saturday July 8th, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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William Wayne Nichols

William Wayne Nichols, 81, went home to the loving arms of his Savior on July 7, 2017.

Wayne was a loving husband of 54 years, devoted father, and selfless friend during his time here on earth.  Wayne had farmed in and around Itta Bena for the past 43 years.  But most of all, Wayne was an outgoing Christian who lived his life to allow others to see the God whom he loved.  Even above all the garden vegetables he gave away, cotton crops that he harvested, or friends that he helped, his proudest accomplishment was to be able to brag that he had helped raise 2 Baptist Preachers, 2 Baptist deacons, and all 14 of his grandchildren were saved and going to heaven.

Wayne was drafted into the U.S. Army on August 29, 1958. He obtained the rank of SP5. He was a Senior Radar Operator at a Nike Azax Missile Battery in Shelton, CT.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Lizzie Jane Nichols, his sister Evelyn Byrom, and his eldest son William Anthony Nichols.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Cantrell Nichols, daughter-in-law LeAnn Nichols of Houston, TX, sons Randall Dewey Nichols (Kim) of Fayetteville, TN, Marlon Wayne Nichols (Ashley) of Rolling Fork, MS, and Steven David Nichols (Hayley) of Cadiz, KY.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Wayne’s arrangements are being handled by Cleveland Funeral Home where friends will be received Saturday July 8, 2017 from 1-3pm with the funeral service beginning at 3pm all at the funeral home. The service will be officiated by his sons, Rev. Randy Nichols and Rev. Steven Nichols.

Pall Bearers will be David Grossman, Tim Horn, David Hodges Jr., Brandon Nichols, Fletcher Nichols, Logan Nichols, Hunter Nichols, Martin Nichols, Trapper Nichols, Nathan Nichols, and Avery Nichols.  Honorary Pall bearers are Coleman Thomas, David Hodges Sr., Duke Kimbrough, Sid Woodard, and Harry Adams.

Memorials can be sent to Morgan City Baptist Church, P.O. Box 256, Morgan City, MS 38946.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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Wayne will be greatly missed by those of us at Over 60's at FBC, Itta Bena. We always looked forward to him attending each month and it was a joy to have gotten to know him through this monthly gathering. God bless you, his family!

Sharon Campbell Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the passing of your Father, Will lift you and Kim up in prayer we love you guys

Rev. Mark an Patricia Campbell Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

Love and prayers for the family!! GOD bless!,

Lynn Bratton Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

In His arms there is strength to hold you, grace to sustain you and love to carry you through. Prayers for God to surround you all with His perfect peace and comfort.
Jo Dykes ( formerly of Greenwood,Ms.)

Jo Dykes Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

Marlon ,Sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you & family.

Gail Keith Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

Bro.Randy and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

In christian Love,
Judy Stafford,Lee Vaughn Horton,Geraldine Crawley

Julia Stafford Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

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A Garden Path Vase was sent by Beth Chandler on July 7, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Nichols family. We are so saddened by your loss. We do know that Wayne is waiting for the rest of his family and that he was ready to meet his Lord and Savior. I had asked him just a couple of weeks ago, "What are we going to do with you?" and his answer was, "Put me in the ground" We only met this great man a couple of times, but having his son Randy as our pastor gives us a wonderful idea of what he was like. May God provide all of the peace and encouragement that you need at this time of your loss. God Bless. Dave and Joy Bell-Fayetteville TN

Dave and Joy Bell Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM

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