Charles LeRoy Nichols


Celebration of Life - Charles LeRoy Nichols

Charles LeRoy Nichols was born June 29, 1938 in Coupeville, WA to Victor and Ivy (Vance) Nichols. At six, when his parents divorced, he stayed with his father but lived with his grandmother Phoebe in Coupeville while his father helped build several of the dams on the Columbia River. He graduated from Coupeville High School and later that summer joined the Air Force.

His two dream jobs were to drive 18 wheelers and be a police officer. He joined the Lacey Police Department in 1969 and left seven years later because of a medical condition. His first truck driving job was hauling hay from Othello to points in Western Washington. Later he drove apples to Missouri and came back with a load of dynamite. And finally, he started driving the really big trucks at the coal mine outside of Centralia. He retired from there in 2005 after more than 30 years.

Charles enjoyed the outdoors and took his family on many camping trips. The family always had cats and dogs. Charles encouraged his children in their sports endeavors by helping with coaching and attending their games. He carried his support to his grandchildren by attending as many of their activities as possible.

Charles is preceded in death by his 1st granddaughter Wendy; his parents, Ivy (Maurice) Williams and Victor (Irene) Nichols. Survivors include wife Carol of 49 years; children: Christine DeNatols, Philip (Tammy) Nichols, Carrie (C.J.)    Chastain, Charlene (Lee) Hall and Vicki Nichols. 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, brothers Les Nichols and Larry (Sharon) Williams and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Charles liked working with boys and girls. He would like his friends and relatives to find a time to donate their time and money to help out different organizations involving children. Charles and Carol raised their children at St. Andrew’s UMC and participated in the various activities for over 41 years.

It is hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

Celebration of Life
Charles LeRoy Nichols
November 29, 2015

Prelude     Maureen Johnson

Welcome & Prayer                  Rev. Joy Martin

* Hymn         “This is My Father’s World”               Red Hymnal #144

New Testament Reading                 Rev. Joy Martin

The Life of Charles                          C.J. Chastain, Son-in-law

“Go Rest High on the Mountain”    Prepared by: Philip Nichols, son

Slide Show

Remembering Charles

(We will be passing the microphone to any who would offer a remembrance or word about Charles. Please hold the microphone close to your lips.)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who   trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Solo “God Bless America”   Jade Hall, Granddaughter

Accompanied by: Joyce Scheuerman

Dismissal        Rev. Joy Martin

* “Charles Song”          “The Green Grass Grows All Around”  

Postlude        Maureen Johnson 

Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lows and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decieded to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”



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