Funeral services for Billy Mac Nichols, 84, of Port Lavaca, a native of Hopkins County, were held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Port Lavaca.
Burial followed at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with Ronald Steigler, Dallas Douglas, John Shaw, Chris Taylor, Dakota Taylor, Geryl Taylor, Butch Bolton and Sam LaBit serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Nichols passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
He was born Jan. 3, 1928, to Melvin Ray Nichols and Viola Mae Nichols in Hopkins County. He committed his life to Christ while still a young boy and was baptized in Caney Baptist Church in Pickton. As he grew older, he was ordained a deacon in Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Port Lavaca.
Mr. Nichols worked in the oil fields of East Texas after graduating from high school at Pickton. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts and math, and a master of education degree in school administration.
He began his career as a machinist in Dallas with Geophysical Service Inc., later known as Texas Instruments. A few years later, he became a high school basketball coach at Cumby. From there, he went to Pickton as a high school principal and math teacher. In 1954, he moved to Port Lavaca and became an eighth grade teacher. He taught at Jefferson, Madison and finally Crockett Junior High, where he stayed many years as principal. He later served in the Central Office as Director of Maintenance to close out his educational career in 1987.
On Feb. 5, 1950, Billy married Wanda R. Sullivan. To this family was added Susan Annette (deceased), William Charles "Chuck" (deceased), Dara Lynette, Kevin Nichols and wife, Georgia; grandsons Christopher Taylor and wife, Candace, Dakota Taylor and Henry Russell Nichols; great-grandsons, Trenton Taylor and Trevor Taylor.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hazel Ezell; children, Susan Annette and William Charles.
Survivors include nieces Barbara Romack and husband, Hal, Patsy Bolton and husband, Butch, and Michael Ezell all of Sulphur Springs. Other survivors include brother-in-law, Elmo Sullivan and wife, Ruby; sisters-in-law, Alice Tyler and husband, Roland, and Mary Jackson and husband, Noel; and many relatives and friends.
Billy had a love for the great outdoors. Wherever he lived, he left a legacy of live oaks, roses, fig trees, pecan trees and many beautiful plants which he worked and cared for as long as he was physically able. Living on the golf course in Seguin allowed him to enjoy that hobby. He was also able to fish and hunt near the Guadalupe River.
Visitation was on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at the Richardson Colonial Funeral Home.
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